Marriage License Requirements
- To be married in British Columbia, you are required to have a marriage license, which you can purchase at the District Office during regular office hours available here.
- The process of preparing the license takes approximately 20 minutes.
- Both applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
- If either applicant is divorced, the divorce must be final for 31 days. It is necessary to show your divorce papers or the Special Court Decree if less than 31 days.
- Out of province applicants will be required to provide picture identification (passports, driver's license)
Please note the following before coming in to apply for your marriage license
- The cost of the marriage license is $100 payable in Canadian funds. Payment is due at the time of application and can be cash or Interac.
- The marriage license is issued at the time of application.
- The marriage license is non-refundable, valid for three months and may not be extended.
- Application must be made in person, and the applicant must be the bride, bridegroom or partner.
- Primary identification for both parties must be shown. Examples of primary identification include:
- Birth certificate
- IMM/immigration form
- Permanent resident card
- Citizenship card
*The marriage license issuer may accept a passport or driver’s license in some circumstances.
The following information is required at time of application for both applicants
- Full name, including all given names.
- Birth information for both applicants, including date and location.
- Current marital status for each applicant.
- Current address information for each applicant.
For more information on Getting married in British Columbia and a list of Marriage Commissioners in our area, please visit the BC Vital Statistics website.
Wondering where to hold a wedding reception?
Often, wedding receptions are held in the Tofino's Community Hall.
Getting married on the beach? Some things you may want to know:
- You do not require a special use permit to get married on the beach
- NO tents or structures are permitted
- NO alcohol permitted
- NO exclusive use allowed - beaches in Tofino are all public
If you have further questions, please contact the Municipal Office.