A marriage licence is a required official permit that enables the couple to have a Marriage ceremony. This is a prerequisite in obtaining an official Marriage Certificate from the Province. The Township of Zorra issues marriage licences that can be used to marry anywhere in Ontario. To obtain a marriage licence, an application form must be filled out and signed by both parties. When you come into the office to apply for a marriage licence, you will leave with your completed licence on the same day.
Due to COVID-19, we have restricted our lobby access to only two people at a time. For this reason, we are encouraging people to book an appointment before visiting us to obtain your marriage licence. Please call 519-485-2490 x 7221 to book an appointment prior to visiting our office. Masks are required for all persons visiting our office.
Licence Fee: $90.00 including taxes (CASH OR DEBIT ONLY).
274620 27th Line at Highway 119, west of Ingersoll
Telephone: 519-485-2490 ext 7221
Licences are issued: Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed on statutory holidays)
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A Marriage Licence Application form must be completed and signed by both parties to the marriage (applicant and joint applicant). Government-issued photo identification and proof of citizenship is required for both applicants. Acceptable identification includes:
- Original Birth Certificate
- Valid drivers licence with photo
- Valid passport
- Canadian Citizenship card with photo
- Native Status card with photo
- Record of Immigration Landing with photo
- Age of Majority card with photo
Please note that a marriage licence will NOT be issued without 2 pieces of valid identification (as outlined above) from each applicant. One of these pieces of identification MUST confirm your citizenship.
Obtaining Licence When One Party is Absent
One party to the marriage (applicant or joint applicant) may submit the completed application form to the Clerk's Office in order to obtain the Marriage Licence, provided that appropriate identification is submitted for both parties.
Three Month Validity
There is no waiting period for a marriage licence. The licence is valid immediately once issued. A Marriage Licence is valid anywhere in Ontario for 90 days from the date it is issued. Should the 90 day period expire, another licence must be purchased. No refunds can be provided for marriage licences issued.
Applicants Aged 16 and 17 Years
Applicants aged 16 and 17 must have the written consent of their parents. Further information with respect to these situations is available from the Clerk's Office.
Within Canada: Applicants who have been divorced within Canada are required to produce either the original or a certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce. Certification may be obtained through the Courts.
Outside Canada: Applicants who have been divorced outside of Canada are required to follow a different process in order to ensure that their divorce is honoured in this Country. Please visit the Service Ontario website for further information.
Applicants who are widowed are not required to provide proof of the death of their spouse.
For more information about getting married in Ontario, including a current list of religious officials authorized to perform legal marriages, please visit Service Ontario website.