Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! Service Canada has compiled the following to help you get all your documents in order.
Obtain a Marriage Licence and Certificate
To apply for a marriage licence and certificate you will need:
- The date you are planning to marry
- Proof of your present marital status
- Proof of identification (provincial or territorial driver's licence or birth certificate)
- Additional information may be required
For more information on obtaining licences and certificates, consult your province or territory's Web site.
Change your Name
If you decide to change your surname, it is your responsibility to change your name with all relevant government departments and agencies. The following will need to be updated:
- Canadian Passport
- Social Insurance Number (SIN) card
- Canada Revenue Agency
- Provincial or territorial health card
- Provincial or territorial driver's licence
For more information on changing your name, consult your province or territory's Web site.
Getting Married Overseas
If you are getting married overseas, most countries will require a statement in-lieu of certification of non-impediment to marriage abroad. You can apply for one by mail to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Authentication and Service of Documents section before your departure. If you are already abroad, you may obtain a "Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment" from the nearest Canadian government office abroad.
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