Update on Marriage Licenses and Virtual Weddings

The Province of Ontario has reached out to officiating bodies with two updates on marriages.

Extended Validity Period Marriage licenses issued during the two province wide states of emergency have been extended. What this means: 

  • Couples that purchased a license between December 1st, 2019 and July 24th, 2020, can use the license up until July 2022.
  • Couples that purchased a license between October 1st, 2020 and February 2021 can use the license to get married until February 10th, 2023.
  • Any licenses issued between July 25th, 2020 and September 30th, 2020 are no longer valid. Couples with a license from this period will need to purchase a new one.

 Please ensure that your couple’s license is valid for the date of their ceremony, prior to solemnizing the marriage. If a license is still valid but critical information on it is no longer accurate or the original license is lost or destroyed, couples can replace it without paying the provincial $75 fee. However, City Halls may levy their own administrative fees for replacement licenses. Couples should only seek a replacement license within 3 months of their ceremony. 

Virtual Marriages The Registrar General also wished to underline that couples, their witnesses and the officiant must be in the same location in order to solemnize a marriage. References to virtual services in the Ontario regulations do not apply to weddings. This applies to every other province as well.