in person: at City Hall, Licensing Department, One Main Street South
For online applications, download and print
Ensure the application is signed and date by both partners
Bring the application to the Licensing Clerk at City Hall
Bring two (2) pieces of original and valid identification for each partner
Either partner can apply for the licence, if the application has been dated and signed by both and the required identification is in hand
Pay the City of Kenora licensing fee of $125
Marriage Licence Requirements
The minimum age to be married in Ontario is 16 years of age.
Under 18 years of age, parental consent is a must.
A person under the age of 16 is not permitted to marry in the Province of Ontario.
Each partner must submit two (2) pieces of government-issued identification for each person getting married. One piece of identification must include your photo.
Examples of government-issued identification:
government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
record of immigrant landing
Canadian Citizenship Card
valid driver’s licence
valid Ontario Photo Card
NOT accepted as identification:
Social Insurance Number (SIN) Card
Previous Marriage Documentation
Divorced in Canada
An original or a certified copy of the Final Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be submitted with the application. Certification must be obtained through the Court where the divorce was granted.
Divorced Outside of Canada
If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled outside of Canada, the Marriage Act requires that authorization must be obtained from the Office of the Registrar General before a marriage licence can be issued.
To obtain the authorization, the following documents must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar General at ServiceOntario:
A marriage licence application fully completed and signed by both parties. Form is available at this link: Marriage Licence Form
A copy of the decree of divorce or annulment certified by the proper court officer in the jurisdiction the divorce/annulment was granted. If the decree is in a language other than English or French, a certified translation must be provided.
A legal opinion of an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both applicants, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in the Province of Ontario. For specific information regarding the contents of the opinion letter, contact the Office of the Registrar General.
The above documents must be forwarded to:
Service Ontario – Marriage Office
P.O. Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6L8
After receiving authorization from the province, the document must be submitted to our office along with the application form, licence fee and any other applicable documents the applicants can attend City Hall to obtain the marriage licence.