As part of the City's Covid-19 response, marriage licences are being issued by appointment only. Please read the information on how to apply below. Please note that the City of Quinte West is not performing Civil Marriage Services at this time.

Marriages + oaths

Apply for a marriage license, book a civil ceremony at Quinte West City Hall or Trent Port Marina, or make a declaration or oath.

You can get a marriage licence and have a civil ceremony at Quinte West City Hall or the Trent Port Marina. See below for application, fee and location details. Find information on the commission of oaths.  

Marriage licences

We issue licences for people getting married in Ontario. A licence is valid anywhere in the province for 90 days. Visit the Ontario website for full marriage regulations and order your marriage certificate. As part of the City’s Covid-19 response, marriage licences are being issued by appointment only. Please read the information on how to apply below.

  1. Complete, print, and sign the online marriage licence application. Both applicants must sign the application.
  2. Email completed application and supporting documents (as listed below) to marriages@quintewest.ca
  3. Once an appointment has been confirmed, bring all necessary documents for both parties to city hall on the day of your appointment. Only one person is required to be in attendance for the issuing of the licence.
  4. Licenses are issued in person at the customer service counter, second floor at city hall. It will take 10 to 15 minutes to issue your licence.
  5. The fee is $150. We accept cash or debit.

Two pieces of government-issued identification must be provided for both individuals. Expired or photocopied identification is not acceptable.

  1. Original government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates (a baptismal certificate is not acceptable) or a valid passport.
  2. In addition to the birth certificate or passport, the second piece of government-issued photo ID, such as:
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Valid passport
  • Record of immigrant landing
  • Valid Ontario photo card
  • Canadian citizenship card

A certified translator must translate documents in a language other than English or French.

If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled in Canada, the original or court-certified copy (not photocopies) of the certificate of divorce, the final decree, or the final judgement must be presented with the completed application.

If a divorce was granted outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The Ontario government needs to validate these documents, which could take four weeks or longer to complete. If this is the case, you will need to send the following documents to Service Ontario. 

  • Completed and signed marriage licence application form
  • Statement of sole responsibility for each divorce (signed by both people who are planning to get married and a witness)
  • A legal opinion letter from an Ontario lawyer addressed both people who plan to get married, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in Ontario. A sample legal opinion letter can be obtained from the Registrar General’s Office by calling 1-807-343-7492 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-461-2156. A sample letter will be faxed to your lawyer upon the lawyer’s request.
  • An original or court-certified copy of a divorce decree or annulment in English or French. If the decree is in another language, you will need to include a translated copy and an affidavit sworn by a certified translator. 

Please mail these documents directly to:

Service Ontario
Marriage Office
PO Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay ON  P7B 6L8

You need to be at least 16 years old to get married in Ontario.

Applicants under 18 years old need written consent from both parents. Consent forms are available from the city clerk’s office.

If you are a widow or widower, proof of your former spouse’s death is not required. 

For more information or questions, contact 613-392-2841 or email marriages@quintewest.ca.

Civil ceremonies at city hall and Trent Port Marina

As part of the City’s Covid-19 response, please note that the City of Quinte West is not performing Civil Marriage Services at this time.

  • Both parties must be present.
  • Must have a valid Ontario marriage licence (see above)
  • Must have two 18+ witnesses
  • A marriage ceremony at city hall is $400 (HST incl.), and Trent Port Marina is $1093 (HST incl.). We accept cash or debit. Alternative payment of credit cards can be made online (service fee applies). Price does not include the cost of a marriage licence. 
  • Must provide their interpreter if one or both applicants do not speak and/or understand English or require sign language interpretation. An interpreter cannot be one of the witnesses and is required to sign a form confirming that the wedding ceremony has been represented accurately.  
  • We offer civil ceremonies every second and fourth Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ceremonies are held at city hall in the council chambers or at the Trent Port Marina in the gathering hall.
  • We offer three ceremony scripts; participants must select one of the following:

Simple marriage ceremony script (option #1)

SOLEMNIZER: We are gathered at this place for the purpose of joining in the legal state of matrimony (this man and this woman / these two people), under the authority given and provided by the Government of the Province of Ontario. 

Marriage is not to be entered upon thoughtlessly or irresponsibly, but with a due and serious understanding and appreciation of the ends for which it is contracted.   

Therefore, if there is anyone present who can show just cause why these two persons may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony, they should now declare it, or hereafter remain silent. 

REPEAT (Person #1) 

I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, [insert name] may not be joined in matrimony to [insert name here]. 

REPEAT (Person #2) 

I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, [insert name here] may not be joined in matrimony to [insert name here]. 

REPEAT (Person #1)

I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, [insert name here] do take you, [insert name here] to be my lawful wedded [select one (husband/wife/ spouse/partner)]. 

REPEAT (Person #2) 

I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, [insert name here] do take you, [insert name here] to be my lawful wedded [select one (husband/wife/ spouse/partner)]. 

SOLEMNIZER: 

I, [insert name here] by the virtue of the powers vested in me by the Marriage Act, do hereby pronounce you [insert name here] and [insert name here] to be [select one (husband and wife/married as partners in life)].  (you may kiss) 

May you enjoy length of days, fulfillment of hopes, and peace and contentment of mind, as you day by day live and fulfill the terms of this covenant you have made with one another. 

(After signing the Register, Solemnizer announces) May I introduce to you the married couple. 

Basic marriage ceremony script (option #2)

SOLEMNIZER: 

We are gathered at this place for the purpose of joining in the legal state of matrimony [select one (this man and this woman / these two people)], under the authority given and provided by the Government of the Province of Ontario. 

Marriage is not to be entered upon thoughtlessly or irresponsibly, but with a due and serious understanding and appreciation of the ends for which it is contracted. 

Therefore, if there is anyone present who can show just cause why these two persons may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony, they should now declare it, or hereafter remain silent. 

REPEAT (Person #1)

I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I,[insert name here] may not be joined in matrimony to [insert name here]. 

REPEAT (Person #2) 

I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, [insert name here] may not be joined in matrimony to [insert name here]. 

REPEAT (Person #1)

I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, [insert name here] do take you, [insert name here] to be my lawful wedded [select one (husband/wife/spouse/partner)].  For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, so long as we both shall live. 

REPEAT (Person #2) 

I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, [insert name here] do take you, [insert name here] to be my lawful wedded [select one (husband/wife/spouse/partner)]. For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, so long as we both shall live. 

RINGS: 

(Make provision for ring bearer) 

SOLEMNIZER to Person #1 

Please place the ring on the third finger of [insert name here]‘s left hand saying after me: “This ring I give in token of the covenant made this day between us.” 

SOLEMNIZER to Person #2 

Please place the ring on the third finger of [insert name here]‘s left hand saying after me: “This ring I give in token of the covenant made this day between us.” 

SOLEMNIZER: 

I, [insert name here] by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Marriage Act, do hereby pronounce you [insert name here] and [insert name here] to be [select one (husband and wife / married as partners in life)].  (you may kiss) 

May you enjoy length of days, fulfillment of hopes and peace and contentment of mind, as you day by day live and fulfill the terms of this covenant you have made with one another. 

(After signing the Register, Solemnizer announces)  May I introduce to you the married couple.

Marriage ceremony with personal vows script (option #3)

SOLEMNIZER: 

We are gathered at this place for the purpose of joining in the legal state of matrimony [select one (this man and this woman / these two people)], under the authority given and provided by the Government of the Province of Ontario. 

Marriage is not to be entered upon thoughtlessly or irresponsibly but with a due and serious understanding and appreciation of the ends for which it is contracted. 

Therefore, if there is anyone present who can show just cause why these two persons may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony, they should now declare it or hereafter remain silent. 

PERSONAL VOWS:  Person #1 

[insert vows here]

PERSONAL VOWS:  Person #2 

[insert vows here]

REPEAT (Person #1) 

I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, [insert name here] may not be joined in matrimony to [insert name here]. 

REPEAT (Person #2) 

I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, [insert name here] may not be joined in matrimony to [insert name here]. 

REPEAT (Person #1) 

I call upon these persons here present, to witness that I, [insert name here] do take you, [insert name here] to be my lawful wedded [select one (husband/wife/spouse/partner)]. For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, so long as we both shall live. 

REPEAT (Person #2) 

I call upon these persons here present, to witness that I, [insert name here] do take you, [insert name here] to be my lawful wedded [select one (husband/wife/spouse/partner)]. For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, so long as we both shall live. 

RINGS:

(Make provision for ring bearer) 

SOLEMNIZER to Person #1 

Please place the ring on the third finger of [insert name here]‘s left hand, saying after me: “This ring I give in token of the covenant made this day between us.” 

SOLEMNIZER to Person #2 

Please place the ring on the third finger of [insert name here]‘s left hand, saying after me: “This ring I give in token of the covenant made this day between us.” 

SOLEMNIZER: 

I, [insert name here] by the virtue of the powers vested in me by the Marriage Act, do hereby pronounce you [insert name here] and [insert name here] to be [select one (husband and wife / married as partners in life)].  (You may kiss) 

May you enjoy length of days, fulfillment of hopes and peace and contentment of mind, as you day by day live and fulfill the terms of this covenant you have made with one another. 

(After signing the Register, Solemnizer announces)  May I introduce you to the married couple. 

Your booking is not confirmed until payment is received and we contact you.

For more information or questions about civil ceremonies, contact 613-392-2841 ext. 4429 or email marriages@quintewest.ca. Hard copies of the civil ceremony packages (including application) are also available at the customer service desk, located at the second floor of city hall.

Commissioner of oaths

The Commissioner for taking Affidavits Act allows certain city employees to take declarations and administer oaths. This is not the same as a notary public. A commissioner only has the authority to administer oaths and take affidavits. 

For more information about the commissioner of oath and notary public, visit the Ministry of Attorney General website. 

See below for the current City of Quinte West fees for administering Oaths / Affidavits / Declarations. We accept cash or debit. 

Application typeFees
Administering Oaths/Affidavits/Declarations (Residents)$ 10
Administering Oaths/Affidavits/Declarations (Non-Residents)$ 15
Administering Oaths/Affidavits/Declarations for Pension/Government Documents for ResidentsNo Charge

For us to commission a document, you must:

  • Bring two-piece of current government-issued photo identification with a signature on it.
  • Sign documents in the presence of the commissioner.
  • Understand that the commissioner has the right to refuse commissioning services of any document upon meeting their specification.
  • Amendment to Birth/Death/Marriage Certificate
  • Delayed statement of live birth
  • Immunization exemption forms
  • Domestic and foreign pension documents, verification/proof of life
  • A statutory declaration by a person of change of sex designation
  • Canadian citizenship form(s)
  • Statutory declaration of lost identification must include the police report number.
  • Sworn statement for the transfer of a used motor vehicle in the province of Ontario
  • Statements for statutory declaration for Ontario Students Assistance Program (OSAP) of common-law status and supporting children 
  • Affidavit of unregistered vehicles such as boards, motorcycles, snowmobiles, trailers, etc.
  • Specific City departmental applications (i.e. Planning)
  • Notary public documents
  • Certified true copies
  • Estate settlement documents, wills, certificate of appointment of estate trustee without a will
  • Divorce, separation, marriage or cohabitation agreements
  • Litigation guardian affidavit
  • Power of attorney
  • Custody document
  • Documents involving debts such as bankruptcy
  • Real estate-related documents
  • Court, legal or civil issue related documents
  • Statement of arrears
  • Ontario mortgage corporation documents
  • Travel documents  (i.e. Children cross-province, border)

If you are unsure as to whether the City can commission a particular document, individuals are encouraged to call city hall at 613-392-2841 before attending.

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