How Vaughan can help you get wedding ready!
Learn more about the duties of the Office of the City Clerk
The Office of the City Clerk has an important function at the City of Vaughan – have you ever wondered what duties they perform or services they provide? As part of a new series, the City is showcasing the vital work undertaken by this busy team. Next up: marriage licences and ceremonies.
If you recently got engaged, congratulations! Before you say your vows, a lot of work and preparation is involved in planning the perfect wedding day – including getting a marriage licence. The Office of the City Clerk has a team responsible for issuing marriage licences and scheduling civil ceremonies. Here’s the answers to some questions you may have before you get started:
How do I obtain a marriage licence?
If you’re planning on getting married in Ontario, you may obtain a marriage licence in-person from the Office of the City Clerk, located at Vaughan City Hall (2141 Major Mackenzie Dr). Marriage licences are issued by appointment only between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reserve your 30-minute session online at vaughan.ca/clerks. Save some time before you come in for your appointment by filling out the Marriage Licence Application form (PDF) in advance.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
You must present the following at your appointment for a marriage licence to be issued:
- Marriage Licence Application form (PDF), completed and signed by both applicants.
- two pieces of original government-issued identification for both applicants, such as a birth certificate, passport, driver’s licence or Ontario photo identification card. Photocopies of identification will not be accepted.
- licence fee of $184.30, which can be made payable to the City of Vaughan via cheque, debit, Visa or MasterCard.
- proof of minimum age requirements. You must be 16 years of age or older to obtain a marriage licence and will require written consent from your legal guardian(s). You may pick up a consent form at the Office of the City Clerk.
If you plan on getting married at Vaughan City Hall, you may apply for marriage services through the Office of the City Clerk. To book a ceremony, email email@example.com or call 905-832-8504. You may book up to three months in advance or a minimum of two weeks before the preferred date. Once scheduled, a visit to Vaughan City Hall is required to complete payment and submit a valid Ontario marriage licence. At this time, an officiant will be assigned to your ceremony and will reach out to arrange details, including preferred options for vows, through a pre-ceremony consultation.
Use the City’s Civil Ceremony Information Package (PDF) to help plan your ceremony.
For more information on marriage licences, civil ceremonies, bookings and requirements, visit vaughan.ca/clerks.
About the Office of the City Clerk
The Office of the City Clerk is one of the primary points of contact for Vaughan residents and businesses. It is also an information hub for Members of Council and City staff. To learn more, visit vaughan.ca/clerks.