Bride and Groom on their wedding day

Please note that, due to the on-going global pandemic, Marriage Licences are being issued by appointment only until the Town Hall Office re-opens. To book an appointment, email the Corporate Services Department.

Prior to getting married in the Province of Ontario must obtain a Marriage Licence.

Upon issuance, the Licence is valid for up to 90 days. You can get your Licence in the Municipality of Port Hope and get married anywhere in Ontario.

The Fee for a Marriage licence is $125.00, payable by cash (exact) or cheque made out to The Municipality of Port Hope.

Application Requirements

Before you get married, please review the following list:

  • You need to be at least 16 years old - if you are under 18, you need written consent from both parents.
  • A Licence is only valid in Ontario for 3 months from the date of issue.
  • Complete the fillable Marriage Licence Application form and email to Corporate Services Department. Please ensure that both applicants have signed the form.
  • Email two (2) pieces of Government issued identification for each applicant (see Identification Requirements below) with the Marriage Licence Application. The copies must be in colour and both sides of the identification must be sent.
  • Once the form and your identification have been submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted for an appointment to have your Marriage Licence issued. Bring two (2) original pieces of Government issued identification for each applicant that was submitted with the online application for verification and authenticity. Photocopies will not be accepted.
  • Pay the Marriage Licence Fee of $125.00 by cash or cheque, made payable to the Municipality of Port Hope.

Identification Requirements

Each applicant must provide two (2) pieces of Government issued identification (the same identification that was submitted with the online application):

  • Birth Certificate including any change of name certificate
  • Valid passport
  • Record of immigration landing
  • Canadian Citizenship Card

The second must contain a photo such as:

  • Valid Passport (if not used as first piece of identification)
  • Ontario Health Card
  • Valid Driver's Licence
  • Nexus Card

No photocopies will be processed. Once you complete the form and both applicants sign it, provide the necessary identification, and pay the fee, the office staff will prepare and issue the Marriage Licence.

Divorce Documents

You must provide one document providing proof of divorce in Canada (original only) such as:

  • Final decree or judgement dissolving or annulling the previous marriage;
  • Certified copy of the final decree, judgement or Act dissolving or annulling the previous marriage; or
  • Certificate of divorce, or

Contact Service Ontario for more information if you were divorced outside of Canada.

No photocopies will be processed. Once you complete the form and both applicants sign it, provide the necessary identification, and pay the fee, the office staff will prepare the Marriage Licence, meet with the applicant(s) as set out in the Marriage (Prohibited Degrees) Act, and administer the Oath.

Marriage Ceremonies

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, marriage ceremonies are currently not offered at Town Hall.