London-Middlesex is in the Red/Control category of the Provincial Keeping Ontario Safe and Open framework. A number of City facilities have reopened to the public for in-person programs and services.
Marriage licences are available for people who are not in Red or Grey/Lockdown. To avoid any delays, please book an appointment with the City Clerk’s Office by calling 519-661-4530 prior to your visit.
Civil marriage ceremonies will only be available to residents that are not in a Red or Grey/Lockdown region.
Attendance at civil ceremonies will be limited to the couple getting married and two witnesses, and those witnesses must not be coming from a health region that is in Red or Grey/Lockdown.
Residents attending City Hall for marriage ceremonies will be required to provide their contact information for contact tracing purposes.
The personal information collected on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, and will only be used to contact you for contact tracing purposes in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak at this facility. Whether or not used, you agree that the City of London can destroy your personal information after one month.
In the event of an outbreak, the City of London may disclose your name and telephone number to the Middlesex London Health Unit for contact tracing purposes. Questions about this collection should be addressed to the City Clerk at 300 Dufferin Ave., London, ON N6A 4L9. Tel: 519-661-2489 ext. 4937, email: .
We issue licences for people getting married in Ontario. A licence is valid anywhere in the province for 90 days. There is no waiting period between getting a licence and your date of marriage.
A Marriage licence is required to get married in Ontario and may be obtained in person from City Hall. For faster service, we encourage you to apply online and call prior to your visit. This will ensure all documents are in order and there is enough time to obtain a valid licence prior to your scheduled ceremony.
Please have your online application and all documents completed ahead of time and read the information below prior to submitting your application.
Anyone over the age of 16 years old can get married in Ontario. If you are under 18 years of age you will need consent from your parents or legal guardians. A parental consent form must be completed. Forms are available in the City Clerk’s Office. Your parents or legal guardians must also be present at the time you submit your marriage licence application.
Everyone is welcome to apply for a marriage licence and get married in Ontario, whether you live here permanently or temporarily. There are no gender, residency, citizenship or medical requirements when applying for a marriage licence. The requirements are the same for everyone.
The City of London issues marriage licences while you wait in the lobby of City Hall or at the City Clerk's Office on the 3rd floor of City Hall. Marriage licences are issued Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Yes, you can apply without your partner, if:
you bring original divorce documentation, if applicable
Each person applying for the marriage licence must bring 2 pieces of acceptable government-issued identification (ID) from the list below.
The following government-issued ID is accepted:
Within Canada: Applicants divorced within Canada must produce the original or court certified copy of a:
A certified copy of either of the above divorce documents may be obtained from the court office that granted the divorce. A Decree Nisi, Divorce Order or Judgement is not acceptable. All documents will be returned.
If you do not know where your divorce was granted you can contact the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings or 1-613-957-4519.
Outside Canada (Foreign Divorce): If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The Office of the Registrar General for the Province of Ontario needs to validate these documents and provide authorization in order for you to get a marriage licence.
For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 519 661-4530 or visit Service Ontario. Foreign divorce packages can also be picked up at City Hall.
Questions regarding the authorization process should be directed to the Office of the Registrar General at: 1-800-268-7095 (Toll Free within Ontario) or 416-326-1234.
If you cannot read or understand English, you must bring your own interpreter. The interpreter must present their own identification.
There are two types of marriage ceremonies performed in Ontario:
1.) Religious ceremonies
A religious marriage is performed by a religious official of a recognized religious body who has received authorization from the Office of the Registrar General to perform marriages in Ontario.
Check the online list of authorized religious marriage officiants to ensure that your religious officiant is authorized to perform marriages in Ontario.
2.) Civil ceremonies
A civil marriage may be performed by an Ontario judge, justice of the peace or a municipal clerk or designate under the authority of a marriage licence.
Marriage certificates are issued by the Office of the Registrar General for the province of Ontario. You can order a marriage certificate through Service Ontario approximately 8 to 12 weeks from the date your marriage ceremony took place.
Order a marriage certificate
To order a marriage certificate by mail simply complete the form that was included with your marriage licence or download the form.
Marriage and change of name
After the marriage ceremony, there are three options either spouse may consider in regard to retaining, assuming, or legally changing their last name.
Option 1: Continue to use their last name
Under this course of action, the spouse who wishes to keep their current last name needs to take no action.
Ontario law does not require a spouse to change their 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.
Upon marriage, a person may choose to “assume” the last name of their spouse and use it.
To have your identification revised 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 the marriage.
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.
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