COVID-19 Requirements
  • At least one of the parties to the marriage has to attend to obtain the licence. Only the person(s) applying for the Marriage Licence may attend the appointment (unless you need assistance).
  • If you or your partner are sick (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches), have travelled outside of Canada or come into contact with a person with COVID-19 do not attend your appointment. Contact the Township of Selwyn to reschedule.
  • Protect yourself and others by practising physical distancing.
  • Bring your own pen in order to sign the required documents.

When you arrive, please park in the lower parking lot and come to the come to the lower level entrance (Council Chambers entrance). You will be greeted by a staff person who will check all your documentation and complete a health screening before permitting you into the building. It will take approximately 15 minutes to process your application and issue the licence.

The Municipal Office is not open to the public. Please arrive at your scheduled appointment time. Do not arrive early. We have scheduled your appointment to ensure applicants and staff can maintain physical distancing both in and outside the building.

How to Apply for a Marriage Licence

Both parties must complete and sign the application form. At least one of the parties to the marriage has to attend to obtain the licence, as long as they provide the appropriate identification, as indicated below, of the absent party.

Marriage Licences will only be issued from this Office to those who reside within Peterborough County

What to Bring to Your Appointment
Bring the following to your appointment:
  1. Completed application dated with original signatures.
  2. The 2 pieces of original and valid government issued ID each person submitted to apply for the Marriage Licence.
  3. Divorce documentation, if applicable.
Identification Requirements:

Each person applying for the Marriage Licence must provide a passport or 2 pieces of government issued identification from the list below:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s Licence
  • Ontario Photo Card (Purple photo ID card)
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Canadian Citizenship Card)
  • Canadian Government Refugee Travel Document
  • Conditional Release Identification Card
  • United States Green Card
  • Native Status Card
  • Record of Immigration Landing
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residency
  • Permanent Residency Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Identity Card
  • Nexus Card
  • Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC)
  • Possession & Acquisition Licence (PAL)

Note: Identification must be valid and original. Expired identification will not be accepted.

Booking an Appointment (Required)

The Township of Selwyn issues the Marriage Licences from the Municipal Office located at 1310 Centre Line, Selwyn.

Call 705-292-9507 or email ahenderson@selwyntownship.ca to book your Marriage Licence appointment.

Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.

 Re-Marrying After Divorce
 Divorced in Canada
You must submit official proof of the divorce when you apply for a Marriage Licence. This can be the original or a court-certified copy of a:
  • Certificate of Divorce
  • Final Decree 
  • Final Judgement

A certified copy of either of the above divorce documents may be obtained from the court office that granted the divorce.

 Divorced Outside of Canada

If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The government needs to validate these documents. This process can take up to 4 weeks.

You will need to send the following documents to ServiceOntario:

  • marriage licence application form: completed and signed
  • statement of sole responsibility: for each divorce (signed by both people who are planning to get married and a witness)
  • legal opinion letter: from an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both people who plan to get married, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in Ontario
  • divorce decree or annulment: an original or court-certified copy in English or French. If the decree is in another language, you will need to include a translated copy and an affidavit sworn by a certified translator

Note: Completed Foreign Divorce Authorizations are sent to applicants by courier. It is important that your full mailing address including suite/unit/apartment and buzzer number is included on the marriage licence application form, or the courier package cannot be delivered and returned to ServiceOntario.

 Fee

The cost of a Marriage Licence is $120.00 (HST does not apply).

Payment methods include:

  • Cash (exact change only)
  • Cheque (please make cheques payable to the Township of Selwyn)
 Obtaining a Marriage Certificate in Ontario
ServiceOntario offers a resource entitled "Before You Get Married", and the ServiceOntario website houses material to ensure accurate information is provided to couples.

It is important to ensure that your marriage is performed properly and legally. You need to check that the person performing your marriage ceremony is an authorized official. A list of Religious Officials Authorized to Solemnize Marriage can be found on the ServiceOntario website, or call ServiceOntario at 1-800-461-2156 for more information.

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