Marriage Licences and Ceremonies


Marriage licences

City Hall is currently closed to the public. We will not be issuing marriage licences during this time.

The City of Peterborough issues marriage licences Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the City Clerk's Office. Applications take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Fee: $135.00  (We accept cash, debit, Visa or MasterCard – cheques are not accepted).

A marriage licence can only be issued to the applicants named in the application. Both parties must sign the Marriage Licence Application Form, but only one person needs to be present in order to get the licence. That person will need to bring identity documents for both parties.

The date and place of the ceremony must be noted on the application in order for the licence to be issued. A marriage licence is valid for 90 days from the date it is issued and can be used anywhere in Ontario.

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Two pieces of original identification are required for each applicant; photocopies will not be accepted. One piece of identification must establish proof of identity and the second piece must be photo identification. 

Documents in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator. 

Valid identity documents
  • Birth Certificate (including any change of name certificates)
  • Valid Passport
  • Record of Immigrant Landing
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card
Valid Photo ID
  • Valid Driver's Licence
  • Valid Passport
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Native Status Card
  • Nexus Card

If a valid passport is used as the identity document, it cannot also be used as the photo I.D.

If you do not understand or read English, you must provide your own interpreter. The interpreter must also present two pieces of identification (one photo identification, one other) and sign an affidavit of interpreter.
Under 18
The minimum age to get married in Ontario is 16. However, anyone under the age of 18 must have parental consent. Parents must sign a Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage form and provide photo identification. Consent forms are available at the Clerks Office.
If you are previously divorced
Canadian Divorce: If any party to the marriage has a previous Canadian divorce, the original Certificate of Divorce must be presented. This certificate can be obtained from the courthouse where the divorce was granted. No photocopies will be accepted. If you need further information, please call our office at 705-742-7777 ext. 1820.

Divorce outside of Canada: If there is a previous divorce that was granted outside of Canada, you will need to obtain approval of the foreign divorce certificate from the Office of the Registrar General in Thunder Bay. An application package must be completed and forwarded to the Office of the Registrar General. The Foreign Divorce Office requires a minimum of four weeks to process the application.  

Marriage certificates

Marriage certificates are records of your marriage. They are issued by the Registrar General.

To get a marriage certificate or more information visit:

Marriage ceremonies

Marriage ceremonies are conducted in the Council Chambers at City Hall one Friday afternoon of each month at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The fee for the ceremony is $325.00 + HST payable by cash, debit, Visa or Master Card at the time of booking.  Please contact the City Clerk's office at 705-742-7777 ext. 1820 to reserve your ceremony.

Applicants must obtain their marriage licence in advance of the ceremony. Please see above for details on obtaining a marriage licence.

Marriage Ceremony Policy

2019 Marriage ceremony dates

Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday, September 6, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

Friday, December 6, 2019

 2020 Marriage ceremony dates

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday, June 5 & June 19, 2020

Friday, July 10 & 24, 2020

Friday, August 7 & 21, 2020

Friday, September 4 & 18, 2020

Friday, October 16, 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday, December 11, 2020