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. Couples married in BC automatically receive a marriage certificate about 3 weeks after their wedding. If you were married in any other province apply to your provincial service office or Vital Statistics for a marriage certificate.
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 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 and full instructions for your province via the button below.
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