Marriage Licenses & Certificates
Every marriage in Ontario requires a Marriage Licence before the actual ceremony takes place.
Marriage Licence applications may be obtained at the City of Barrie Clerk's Office on the first floor of City Hall. A marriage application form must be completed and signed by both parties to the marriage. The form must be submitted in person by the applicant and/or joint applicant with the appropriate documents.
Applicants are encouraged to book an appointment for the issuance of their marriage licence. A current passport (which includes a photo) or an original birth certificate PLUS one piece of photo I.D., i.e. driver's licence, health card, etc., is required for both applicants. Applicants 16 or 17 years of age require parental consent. Contact the City Clerk's Office at (705) 739-4204 for further details. There are no residency or citizenship requirements. Blood tests or medical certificates are not required in Ontario.
Licenses are issued Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To avoid line ups and streamline the process of issuing marriage licenses, applicants are encouraged to book an appointment in advance. Appointments may be booked by calling (705) 739-4204.
Effective February 2, 2010 - $140.00 - cash, money order, certified cheque, VISA, MasterCard, debit card. A marriage licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue.
If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled within Canada, the original or court certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be submitted. A divorce judgment is not acceptable. Certified copies may be obtained from the court which granted the divorce. Photocopies are not acceptable, and all documents will be returned.
If a divorce was granted outside of Canada, additional forms must be completed. Please contact our office at 739-4204 for additional information.
A marriage licence allows you to be married in Ontario. It is your responsibility to arrange the marriage ceremony of your choice.
Check online at ServiceOntario.ca/GettingMarried to access lists of religious officials who are registered to perform marriages. Call ServiceOntario at 1-800-461-2156 (areas outside Toronto) or (416) 325-8305
A religious marriage ceremony may be perforemd by a person who is registered under the Marriage Act to perform religious marriages in Ontario. A civil marriage may be performed by a judge, a justice of the peace or a Municipal Clerk and/or their designate. The City of Barrie's City Clerk does not perform Marriage Ceremonies.
The Rotunda at Barrie City Hall may be rented for a marriage ceremony performed by a religious officiant, a judge or a justice of the peace. Marriage Ceremonies are performed at City Hall. Click here for Room Booking Form - Wedding Ceremony. Publication of Banns
A marriage may also be solemnized under the authority of the publication of banns. If you are having a religious ceremony, please check with the clergy prior to purchasing a marriage licence.
Applications for marriage and death certificates can be submitted online at www.serviceontario.ca. You can also check the status of birth, marriage and death certificate applications online.
Applications for a marriage certificate (a copy of a marriage licence) may be obtained at the City of Barrie Clerk's Office.
Further details regarding marriage certificates are available from the Provincial government at www.gov.on.ca
Applications may be mailed to:
Office of the Registrar General
P.O. Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8.
For additional information please call, the Office of the Registrar General at 1-800-461-2156.