Marriage License

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.

Contact Us

Municipal Office
(T) 250-725-3229
(F) 250-725-3775