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Getting Married in Manitoba
You can choose to have your marriage performed by a registered clergy or a registered marriage commissioner.
If you are getting married in Manitoba, you must:
STEP 1: Buy a marriage licence
- Buy a marriage licence at least 24 hours before the marriage (Note: It is only for Manitoba marriages and is only valid for three months).
- Both be present to buy the marriage licence from a registered issuer in your area (see Download List below).
- Be single, divorced, or widowed:
- Single - (never married) and over 18 years of age
- Divorced persons are required to show one of:
- Divorce Certificate
- Decree Absolute
- Widowed - persons whose spouse is deceased must show:
- Death Certificate or
- Funeral Home Statement of Death or
- Obituary clipping from the newspaper
- Provide identification for proof of age (18 years or older).
- Acceptable documents for identification can include:
- Birth Certificate
- Passport or US Passport Card
- Citizenship Certificate (Canadian or United States)
- Canada Immigration documents
- Canadian Armed Forces Identification Card
- Government of Canada Indian Status Card
- Driver's Licence (photo ID) with one of the following:
- Manitoba Health Card
- Senior Citizen Card/Old Age Security Card
- Change of Name Certificate
- Social Insurance Card
A Marriage Licence/Registration of Marriage is a permanent legal document.
When you buy your Marriage Licence/Registration of Marriage, before signing the oath, please read through the entire form to make certain that all fields completed by the issuer are clearly legible, accurate, and fully completed.
If there are any omissions or errors on the Marriage Licence/Registration of Marriage, Manitoba law determines how, or even if, changes can be made to a permanent legal record and requires payment of fees to do so.
STEP 2: Meet with your clergy or marriage commissioner.
Before your Ceremony Date, you must:
- Print legibly.
- Don't use abbreviations, nicknames, or initials.
- Use full legal names as they appear on your government issued identification.
- If the name on the marriage registration doesn’t exactly match the name on your identification you may encounter difficulties.
- Vital Statistics Agency permanently maintains a copy of the registration form exactly as it is received. Once received by the Agency, it becomes a permanent legal document.
- Do not assume the registration can be changed or corrected later.
- A marriage certificate cannot be issued until the registration is complete, resulting in delays and inconvenience to newlyweds.
STEP 3: Officiant completes Marriage Registration form and sends to Vital Statistics Agency.
After your Ceremony:
- Make your arrangements with a clergy or a marriage commissioner.
- Give your licence and the white self-addressed envelope to your marriage commissioner or clergy.
- Both parties, your witnesses, and the clergy or marriage commissioner who performed the ceremony must all sign the Marriage Registration.
- The clergy or marriage commissioner must send the Marriage Registration to Vital Statistics Agency to officially register your marriage.
Note: Vital Statistics Agency does not automatically issue a Marriage Certificate. You have to apply for your
Apply to become a Marriage Commissioner:
Marriage Commissioner Application Form
Marriage Commissioner Renewal Application:
Marriage Commissioner Renewal Application Form
Any documents used must be in, or translated into, English or French
- Marriage Licence: $100.00
- Marriage Commissioner: $50.00 plus reasonable fees for related expenses such as travel.
- Clergy: (fees are determined by the religious group in question)
If you have any questions about the Marriage Licence requirements, call our office at 204-945-3701 or
1-866-949-9296, during our office hours of Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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