How to get a copy of an Ontario marriage certificate online

An image of two wedding bands overlapping symbolizing a unionA marriage certificate is a document containing the details of a marriage performed in Ontario. You can order a copy or multiple copies online if the marriage is registered in Ontario. You can use this certificate to change your name, process a divorce, or as a record of family history.

Getting married? Learn more about the forms you might need and how to get a marriage licence.

 

To order a marriage certificate you need:

  • the marriage to be registered in Ontario
  • first and last names of both parties to the marriage
  • date of marriage, and
  • name of city or town the marriage took place in

Order a marriage certificate online

Check your order status

Note: The marriage must be registered in Ontario to order a marriage certificate.

Cost

file-size marriage certificate: $15
certified marriage certificate: $22

Payment

VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Interac® Online

Delivery

Certificates are put in the mail within 15 business days (or you get your money back). Pick up service is not available.

Online completion time

Average 20 minutes

 

 

What you need to know

A marriage certificate is a record of a marriage. It lists the date and place of the marriage, and names of the people who were married.

A record of solemnization of marriage is not the same thing as a marriage certificate.

Before you can get a marriage certificate, a marriage needs to be registered. The official who performed the marriage will do this by sending a complete and signed marriage licence to ServiceOntario. You can order a marriage certificate about 6-8 weeks after this happens.

If you are unsure if you need a file sized certificate or certified certificate, please check with the Ministry, government agency, or person requesting the document before you order.

Service guarantee

If you order online (regular service): certificates are put in the mail within 15 business days (or you get your money back).

If you order online ($30 premium service): certificates are delivered to you within 5 business days (or you get your money back).

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Apply for a service guarantee refund

Check your order status

You can check the status of your online application 1 business day after you submit it.

To check the status online, you need:

  • to indicate the type of certificate you requested (birth, death or marriage)
  • applicant’s name and telephone number
  • name of the subject (the person to be listed on the certificate)
  • date of the event, and
  • order / file number, if available

Other ways to apply

Emergency service

The ServiceOntario centre at: 47 Sheppard Avenue East, unit 417, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M2N 5N1 is the only location that accepts emergency service applications.

For this, you will also need to bring:

Delivery
2 business days plus delivery

Payment
Cheque, money order, credit card, Interac

By fax

Completed applications can be faxed to 1-807-343-7459

Delivery
6 to 8 weeks

Payment
Credit card

By mail

Completed applications can be mailed to:
ServiceOntario
189 Red River Road, PO Box 4600
Thunder Bay, ON
P7B 6L8

Delivery
6 – 8 weeks

Payment
Cheque, money order, credit card

Download the marriage certificate application

Order a marriage search

You can request a search if you do not know the exact date of marriage.

A search will verify that the marriage has taken place and has been registered with the province of Ontario.

You will receive a letter in the mail giving you information that matches the criteria within the years you searched.  If no information is found you will still receive a letter stating that no information was found.

IF you live in Ontario are planning a wedding and getting married outside the province or country you may need to order a search to prove that you were never married in the Province of Ontario.  You should check with the province, state, or country where you are getting married to determine what years would need to be searched.

To request a search you can use the same online service as a certificate application but you will select the search option and indicate how many years would like to search.

Note: Searches to not offer the same online guarantee as a certificate and there is not emergency service offered for a search.

Cost
$15 for every 5 years period that is searched

Delivery
6 – 8 weeks

Historical certificates

Historical events, such as deaths prior to 1980, marriages prior to 1980, and births prior to 1930 may not be in electronic format.

When applying for a death certificate prior to 1980, marriage certificate prior to 1980 or a birth certificate prior to 1930, it can take up to an extra 6 to 8 weeks for the registration to be converted into an electronic format before processing can be completed.

Registrations that are not available electronically are not included in the service guarantee.

A walk down the aisle: Marriage in Ontario 2012

Ceremony type: Civil 6,428 (i.e. judge, justice of the peace or municipal clerk) versus Clergy 53,691 (religious official authorized by the province)Average age at the time of marriage: 2012: 33.7, 1992: 30.4, 1972: 23.4, 1952: 24.2, 1932: 23.9Reasons people got their marriage certificate: Change of Name: 33%, Other 31% (i.e. Personal Records), Divorce: 14%, Immigration: 10%, Pension Benefits: 9%, Insurance: 2%, Estate Settlement: 1%

Updated: February 28, 2014