How to Find a Canada Marriage Record

By Tiffany Raiford
Canadian marriage licenses are held by vital statistics offices.

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Marriage records in Canada are kept by the vital statistics office located in each province. In Canada, marriage records are considered a matter of public record. The vital statistics office will provide the public with information regarding marriage records for a fee. Copies of marriage records can also be obtained by eligible persons.

Determine whether or not you are eligible to order a marriage certificate. Persons eligible must be either the bride or groom, have written permission from the bride or groom, have a court order or be the next of kin of a deceased bride or groom. Anyone can apply for marriage records more than 75 years old.

Obtain the Application for Certificate/Documents (See Resources). Fill out the form requesting the marriage record you need with your personal information, the name of the bride and groom, the city where the marriage took place and the date of the marriage.

Mail the application, along with a check for $39.64 (as of March 2010) and a photocopy of your driver's license to the registry connect office in the city where the marriage took place. Your marriage certificate will be mailed to you within five days of receipt of application.

About the Author

Tiffany Raiford has several years of experience writing freelance. Her writing focuses primarily on articles relating to parenting, pregnancy and travel. Raiford is a graduate of Saint Petersburg College in Florida.

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