Marriage Licence Information
Location: City Clerk’s Office 2nd Floor, 255 North Christina Street, Sarnia
Telephone: 519 332 0330 Extension 3350; TTY: 519 332 2664
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
License Fee: $140.00 CASH OR DEBIT
Marriage Licence Fee is Non-Refundable
A marriage licence can be issued to one of the applicants. Both parties must sign the marriage licence application form. The form is available from the City Clerk"s office or the Marriage Application Form may be downloaded.
Identification must be provided for both parties to the proposed marriage, regardless of whether both parties attend the office. You may provide your Birth Certificate, Change of Name Certificate, Current Passport, Record of Immigrant Landing or Canadian Citizenship Card as proof of identity along with photo identification (driver’s licence, health card, etc.). The issuer will take a copy of the identification provided and attach it to the marriage licence application.
Once the licence is issued, it is valid for immediate use anywhere in Ontario for a period of 90 days. No waiting period is required.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or over to obtain a licence. Applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age may obtain a licence if they comply with the provisions of the Marriage Act respecting parental consent. Contact the City Clerk’s Office for additional information. No person under the age of 16 years may be married.
DIVORCE IN CANADA
If an applicant has been granted a divorce in Canada, the original or certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be produced for examination by the Marriage Licence Issuer. A copy can only be certified by the court from the city where the divorce was granted. A photocopy is NOT acceptable.
DIVORCE OUTSIDE OF CANADA
If the divorce was granted outside of Canada, call the City Clerk’s Office for more information.
WIDOW OR WIDOWER
If an applicant is a widow or widower they are not required to produce a death certificate to obtain a marriage licence.
RESIDENCY AND CITIZENSHIP
There are no residency or citizenship requirements.
Blood tests and/or medical certificates are not required in Ontario.
WHO MAY PERFORM A MARRIAGE CEREMONY
A marriage ceremony may be performed in Ontario by a person designated in the regulations under the Marriage Act. Persons who are authorized to solemnize marriages outside of Ontario must get permission from the Office of the Registrar General to solemnize a marriage in Ontario.
Civil marriage ceremonies are no longer performed at the Provincial Court House or at City Hall in Sarnia.
PRIVATE MARRIAGE CEREMONIES: You may contact the following persons who are authorized to perform private marriage ceremonies.
Bluewater Weddings 519-332-4800
Bill Franks 519-336-6838
Allan McKeown 519-542-3661
Lori Siska 1-866-651-0165
William Strachan 519-402-0405
All Seasons Weddings 1-800-545-3681
Rev. Deanna Gibson 519-344-2124