Do you have questions about what is needed when applying for a marriage licence in British Columbia? We've got the answers here!
How to get a Marriage Licence in the Province of British Columbia.
- Anyone who is 19 years of age or older and meets the requirements of the Prohibited Degrees of Consanguinity (the blood relationships between relatives who are disallowed to marry) may obtain a licence.
- Anyone under 19 years of age may be married if he or she obtains the necessary written consent on the Consent of Parent of Guardian to Marriage form. (A judge may use his or her discretion and waive this form.) No one under 16 years of age may be married without the consent of the Supreme of Country Court.
- Those who are under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, and those who are declared mentally incompetent, will not be granted a licence to marry or have a marriage solemnized.
- There is no waiting period for a licence, and applicants do not have to be residents of British Columbia.
- No blood tests are required.
Acquiring a licence
- Marriage licences can be obtained in person from issuers appointed by the Director of Vital Statistics at a cost of $100.
- At the request of the issuer, you may be asked to produce the following documents pertaining to yourself and/or your future spouse: a birth certificate or passport, and, if previously married, the original or a notarized copy of the divorce certificate or decree absolute.
- Only one partner need apply for the licence.
- An applicant whose spouse is presumed to be dead must meet the terms of, and present, a Presumption of Death order.
- Marriage licence issuers are located in almost every community. Their names and phone numbers can be obtained by contacting the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency in Victoria or by visiting their Web site at http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/search/marriage_offices.cgi.
- Religious representatives registered with the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency are authorized to perform marriages.
- The British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency also appoints marriage commissioners who are authorized to perform civil marriages.
- The marriage must take place within three months after the purchase of a licence.