Getting a Marriage Certificate
A Marriage Certificate is the legal record of a marriage. It lists the date and place of the marriage, and names of the people who were married. You need this document to:
- change a last name.
- show legal proof you are married
- apply for certain social benefits
- settle an estate
Immediately following the ceremony you will receive a Record of Solemnization of Marriage, but it is not your Marriage Certificate.
Before you can get a Marriage Certificate, your marriage needs to be registered. The official who performed the marriage will do this by sending your completed and signed Marriage Licence to ServiceOntario.
You must wait 8-12 weeks after the date of your ceremony before you can apply for your Marriage Certificate.
Your Marriage Certificate arrives in the mail to the address you indicate in your application which you can access here:
Order a Marriage Certificate
Assistance to Expedite your Marriage Certificate
- For many reasons, couples need to acquire their Marriage Certificate back from the Registrar as quickly as possible.
- As an additional service, I assist couples in expediting their Marriage Registration with “Proof of Urgency” to help them receive their Marriage Certificate faster than they otherwise would be able to.
- Please contact for further details