Whether you’re planning a small, laid-back wedding or a scoff and a scuff, there’s plenty on your to-do list: find a florist, choose a wedding dress, book a venue, maybe even write your own wedding vows for the ceremony. In the midst of all that, don’t forget to get your marriage license in Newfoundland and Labrador so your marriage is legal!
Here’s what you need to do to get a marriage license in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Find a marriage license issuer near you. Give them a call for info on what documents you need (proof of age, proof of marital status, etc.) or other requirements. You must be 19 years of age or older, otherwise, special consents will be required.
- Get the timing right. Your marriage license is only valid for 30 days. AND you have to get it at least 4 days before the ceremony. That’s some small window – don’t miss it!
- Go to see the issuer. You will be asked to complete and sign an affidavit. If only one of you goes, you will need to take ID for both of you plus a signed affidavit from the other one, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, a Justice of the Peace, or a Notary Public (the latter, if from out-of-province). Be prepared to fork over a hundred bucks for the fee.
Religious ceremonies may be performed by the registered religious representative of your choice and civil ceremonies may be performed by marriage commissioners located throughout the Province. Make sure your officiant gets the marriage license at least four days before the ceremony. They will take it from there.
If you want or need a marriage certificate (a legal document proving that you’re married), you can apply for one after the wedding.
Now back to the fun stuff – like booking a band, maybe?