Marriage Licence Applications
Corporation of the City of London
City Clerk's Office
308-300 Dufferin Avenue
London ON N6A 4L9
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|Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
|Civil marriage ceremonies
can now exchange wedding vows at City Hall. Visit our
Service page for details on how to arrange the simple, dignified and
non-denominational marriage conducted by the City Clerk - or designate.
This page provides information on the following aspects of the marriage licence
The licence fee is $135.00, taxes included (cash, debit, Visa or MasterCard).
Not required in Ontario prior to the issuance of a Marriage Licence
The Marriage Licence Application form must be completed and signed by both parties
to the marriage (the applicant and the joint applicant).
form will only be accepted by completing and signing the application and taking
it in person to an Ontario Marriage Licence Issuer. The
Licence application is available as a pdf document as is the listing of
I.D. for Marriage Licences. To view and print this type of file you
need a program such as
Adobe Reader. This software is available free of charge and can be obtained
by clicking the graphic to the right.
The marriage licence application is the copyrighted property of the Queen's Printer
One party to the marriage (either the bride or the groom) may submit the completed
application form to the City Clerk's Office in order to obtain the Marriage Licence,
provided that a primary and secondary piece of identification is submitted. The
I.D. for Marriage Licences is available as a pdf document. Note:
Identification presented must be ORIGINAL. This identification must
be provided for both individuals. Documents in a language other than English
or French must be translated by a certified translator.
Applicants age 16 and 17 must have the consent of their parents. Further information
with respect to these situations is available from the City Clerk's Office.
Applicants who are widowed are not required to provide proof of the death of
Within Canada: Applicants who have been divorced within Canada
are required to produce either the original or a certified copy of the Decree Absolute
or Certificate of Divorce. Certification may be obtained through the Courts.
Outside Canada: Applicants who have been divorced outside of
Canada are required to follow a different process in order to ensure that their
divorce is honoured in this Country. Further information on this divorce process
can be found on the Provincial website at
Once issued, the Marriage Licence is valid for three months and may be used at
any location within the Province of Ontario.
On July 17, 2006 the Ministry of Government Services expanded its on-line certificate
application service to include marriage certificate applications. Clients can now
order certificates on-line by filling out an interactive form with help features
to guide people through the process. As with the existing on-line birth certificates
applications and on-line death applications, payment for on-line applications must
be made by credit card. When completed, the form is sent electronically to the ORG.
The on-line application is accessible through both the ServiceOntario website
as well as the Ministry of Government Services website at
After the marriage ceremony, there are three options either spouse may consider
in regards to retaining, assuming, or legally changing his/her last name.
Option 1: Continue to use his/her last name
Under this course of action, the spouse who wishes to keep his/her current
last name needs to take no action. Ontario law does NOT require a spouse to
change his/her last name upon marriage.
Option 2: Assume the use of the Spouse's last name
An assumed name is a name which a person uses or adopts although it is not
their legal name. It is not against the law to simply use another name, provided
it is not for fraudulent purposes. Upon marriage, a person may choose to "assume"
the last name of his/her spouse and use it. Most government organizations, credit
card firms, etc will accept a copy of the marriage certificate issued by the
Office of the Registrar General as proof of marriage, and issue revised identification.
With this option, your birth certificate remains in your maiden or birth name.
Option 3: Legally change his/her last name
A legal name is the name by which the person is entitled to be recognized
for the purposes of Ontario law. Either spouse can use the spousal elections
provisions to legally change their last name to what his/her spouse's last name
was before marriage or a hyphenated or combined last name incorporating the
last name of both spouses. In this instance, a person will elect the option
under the Change of Name Act, complete the appropriate forms and submit
them to the Office of the Registrar General. The office will amend the person's
birth registration, replacing his/her last name on the record with his/her new
last name, retaining the name at birth in brackets.
If the person is born in Ontario, the birth registration is notated, and
a birth certificate in the new name is issued, as well as a change of name certificate.
If this is done within 90 days of marriage, there is no charge, otherwise a
fee is charged.
If at some time a divorce takes place, or the other spouse dies, and the
spouse wishes to return to the use of his/her former name, he/she must apply
once more for a change of name. If he/she applies within 90 days of the divorce,
the processing fee is $25.00, otherwise the spouse must make a formal application
under Section 4 of the Change of Name Act and pay a fee of $137.00.
For example, Margaret Jones married Bob Smith in 2000 but did not make the
spousal election. She now signs all her cheques, letters and other documents
"Margaret Smith". Therefore her legal name is Margaret Jones but her assumed
name is Margaret Smith.
Name change check list:
The following are some suggested agencies or services that you may consider updating
with your new name:
www.sdc.gc.ca (may be
applied for by mail or in person)
(must be done at a ministry office)
(must be done at a ministry office)
|*Birth Certificate (*For legal name change only)
www.gov.on.ca (call the
Office of the Registrar General - 1-800-461-2156
||Credit cards, financial Institutions,