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Before you get married, you need:

Marriage licence
You and your spouse, two witnesses and the Officiant / Minister who performed the marriage will need to sign the licence immediately after (or during) the ceremony.
Get a marriage licence:
To get a marriage licence, you will need to:

*fill out a marriage licence application
*bring the completed application to your local city hall, town hall or municipal office
*show original identification with your current legal name, date of birth and signature * both people getting married will need to provide valid identification (at least one *birth* identification; e.g. passport, birth certificate, etc)
*pay a fee (fees vary and depend on the municipality).

A marriage licence is valid for 3 months from the date it was issued.

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



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