Marriage Licences

Marriage Licences are issued by the Clerk's department Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To apply for a marriage licence, click here.

Fee
The cost of a marriage licence is $125, payable by cash, cheque, or debit. 

Identification 
- TWO (2) pieces of valid government issued identification for both parties must be provided;
- They must be ORIGINALS; photocopies are not accepted;
- One piece MUST be a birth certificate, any change of name certificate, current passport, record of Immigrant Landing, Canadian Citizenship Card or Adoption Papers;
- Second piece of identification MUST be photo identification e.g. driver's licence or health card for both parties. 

Age
Applicants must be 18 year of age or over to obtain a licence. 

Applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age must have both parents' consent (or parent with custody of minor). No person under the age of 16 years may be married. 

One Party Present
One of the applicants must be present to purchase a marriage licence. If only one person can attend, the identification listed above must be provided for both parties. The application must be completed, signed and dated by both parties. 

Previous Marriages
Divorced
If one or both of the applicants applying for a marriage licence has been divorced and the divorce was granted in Canada, the original or a certified true copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be provided.  Divorce Judgements will not be accepted.

Out of Country Divorces or Annulments 
Divorces granted outside of Canada require Registrar General authorization. You must send the following documents to Service Ontario:
1. Marriage license application form: completed and signed; 
2. Statement of sole responsibility: for each divorce (signed by both people who are planning to get married and a witness); 
3. Legal opinion letter: from an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both poeple who plan to get married, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in Ontario; 
4. Divorce decree or annulment: an original or court-certified copy in English or French. If the decree is in another language, you will need to include a translated copy and an affidavit sworm by a certified translator. 
For more information on this process, please contact Service Ontario

Widow/Widower
If one or both of the applicants are widowed, a copy of the death certificate may be required.

Licence Expiry 
A marriage licence is valid anywhere in Ontario for a period of three months from the date of issuance. Should you pass the 3 month period, another licence must be purchased. No refund can be provided for marriage licences issued. 

Ineligibility 
- One or both parties are under physical or mental duress;
- One or both parties fail to meet the age requirements;
- The parties are related as grandparents, parent, child, grandchild, brother or sister; 
- One or both parties are currently married;
- One or both parties are mentally ill or under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and incapable of understanding the nature of the marriage contract and the duties, obligations and responsibilities of marriage;
- Have previously participated in a destination or symbolic ceremony. 

 Civil Marriage Ceremonies

The Clerk's department is pleased to conduct civil marriage ceremonies by appointment. To book, please contact the Town Clerk, Nancy Bozzato by e-mail at njbozzato@pelham.ca or by phone (905) 892-2607 x315. 

Fees

Civil Marriage in Town Hall Council ChambersNormal Business Hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)Admin Fee Non-Refundable$200 + HST($100 use of Town Hall +$100 Officiant(1)(3) Fee)

Civil Marriage in Town of Pelham/Off Site in Ontario

Outside Business Hours

Admin Fee Non-Refundable

$300 + HST

($100 Town Administrative Fee + $200 Officiant(2) Fee)

Rehearsal Fee

$75 + HST(1, 2)

(Plus Officiant Expenses)

Witness Fee - Municipal Staff - Normal Business Hours

$25 + HST

(Per Employee)

Cleaning Fees(4)

$100 + HST

Mileage/Expenses - Outside Business Hours

Mileage charged at current rate as approved by Council;

Applicable Expenses as agreed to by both parties, i.e. meals; accommodation(2)

Civil Marriage ceremony fees are detailed in the Town of Pelham By-law to authorize marriage solemnization and to the set the fees (See Schedule 'A' for more details) 

Civil wedding information package

Please download the complete Civil Wedding Information Package or select the specific document you wish to view:

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