How to Find a Marriage License Near Me?

Finding a marriage license near you can confuse many people because each city has a variety of locations where you can purchase your marriage license. It is a simple process when you follow the steps.


  • Where to purchase a marriage license in B.C.
  • When to get the marriage license
  • Ways to get married in B.C.
  • Cost
  • Changing your name after marriage

How to find a Marriage Licence

How to find a Marriage License Near You.

Every city has a few choices on where you can get your marriage license.

  • Service B.C.
  • Some insurance companies
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • London Drugs

This link will help you find a location near you.

When to find the Marriage License?

Up to three months prior to your wedding, you must get a marriage license. Be sure to check your dates, because it will expire after three months and you will need to purchase another one.
You must purchase the marriage license up to 48 hours before the wedding date.
Apply for the marriage license either together or separately. You will, however, require identification for both of you.

Examples of primary identification include:

  • Birth certificate
  • IMM/immigration form
  • Permanent resident card
  • Citizenship card

In some circumstances, the marriage license provider may accept a passport or driver’s license

Ways to Get Married in Canada

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Religious marriage service

If you want to be married in the religious tradition of your choice, then a religious marriage service is right for you.

A recognized religious official will marry you if this is your choice of service. The government of British Columbia, Canada, must recognize the religious official, to perform religious marriage rites in Canada, so be sure to check this before you proceed.

The government of British Columbia recognizes Victoria Willard as a religious officiant.

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Civil Marriage Service

A civil marriage service in Canada is another option: you can get married at a municipal court, city hall, or town hall.

Again, just be sure the officiant may legally perform civil marriage ceremonies in Canada. Typically, the officiant will be a judge, municipal clerk, or justice of the peace.

Cost of Marriage License

Cost of a Marriage License in B.C.

A Marriage License in B.C. costs $100.00 and is non-refundable.

However, if you lose your license, you can return to the place of purchase and ask for a replacement.

How to Change Your Last Name Legally After You Get Married

It is not required by law to change your last name after you get married, however, if you decide to change your name, you will need:

  1. Marriage certificate
  2. Current photo health card
  3. Driver’s license

It is easy and inexpensive to get a marriage license. Find a location near you, not over three months ahead and up to 48 hours before the wedding, and purchase the marriage license.

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