Ontario Extends Expiry Period of Marriage Licences

Friday, July 17, 2020

The province is proposing to extend the expiry date for most marriage licences issued between December 1, 2019, and the end of the province-wide Declaration of Emergency due to COVID-19. These licences would still be valid and could be used for up to 24 months from the end of the Declaration of Emergency. Couples with a qualifying unused marriage licence issued during this timeframe are encouraged to hold onto it. They would have up to 24 months to use it and would not need to replace their marriage licence.

Couples needing a replacement licence are encouraged to contact the municipality where they purchased their unused licence; a municipal fee may still apply.

Couples can still get married in-person but must adhere to the current provincial restrictions on gatherings and requirements for physical distancing.

You can read more about these proposed changes in the provincial press release.