How to Order Your Marriage Certificate

How to Order Your Marriage Certificate

How to Order Your Marriage Certificate

Once you've been legally married the person conducting your marriage ceremony files the signed marriage licence with the Vital Statistics office in your province. The Vital Statistics offices always keep your marriage licence on file as legal proof of your marriage. Vital Statistics issue marriage certificates on application for a fee.

A marriage certificate is different from a record of solemnization, which you may have received on your wedding day. Marriage certificates are essential when changing names, and may also be required for insurance or any other situation where you may need to legally prove your relationship. Many organizations will insist on a marriage certificate issued by Vital Stats or a Canadian court instead of a religious certificate.

Marriage certificates are managed at a provincial level. Each provincial Vital Statistics office has their own forms, fees and ordering process. We can provide the marriage certificate application form for your province via the button below.


Want to change names?

Marriage certificates are most commonly used for changing names. There’s no official registration of your married name. Simply start using it and where organizations require proof, you can usually show your marriage certificate. Some companies may prefer to see updated photo ID before changing names. Each company sets their own name change process and proof requirements. To get all the name change procedures and any corresponding paperwork for your companies, click the button below.


Marriage certificates are essential for changing names and a range of other functions. We explain how and where to apply for your Canadian marriage certificate.

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