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FAQ

City Clerk’s Division

 


Marriage Licence:

A) No, we require original identification only.

A) No, you will need to apply for either your birth certificate or passport prior to getting your marriage licence. Visit www.serviceontario.ca

A) Yes a valid international passport or original birth certificate (in English or accompanied by an officially translated English copy) can be accepted. To ensure we can accept the identification for your partner we suggest you call to discuss or send scanned copies via email to us prior to applying.

A) No, you may obtain the licence at any location that issues marriage licences and it is valid anywhere in Ontario for 3 months from the day it is issued.

Marriage Ceremony:

A) Yes, please view our marriage ceremonies section.

A) Yes, but availability is dependent on the Clerk’s schedule.

A) $425 - $125 for the marriage licence and $300 for the ceremony in Council Chambers

A) No, a deposit is not required but all fees are to be paid prior to the ceremony. If a wedding is scheduled afterhours or on a holiday all fees must be paid before the end of the business day (4:30 p.m.) prior to the ceremony.

A) Two witnesses are required in accordance with the Marriage Act. If you do not have two witnesses, we can supply them at no extra cost during business hours. If your ceremony is afterhours or offsite you will be required to supply your own witnesses.

A) Council Chambers seats approximately 50. If you have more guests then 50 we can arrange for another larger room for your ceremony dependent on availability

A) We can personalize your ceremony. Photographs by a professional or family and friends is welcomed and there is opportunity before and after the ceremony for photos to be taken in the room. The Council Chambers has a sound system but you are responsible for providing the music and having it cued with appropriate pausing if used for processionals. Please note that flower petals (real or artificial), confetti or rice are not permitted. Any decorations must be pre-approved by the Clerk. Set up and take down is your responsibility and to be completed during the 1 hour room booking.

A) In accordance with the Marriage Act a verbal ceremony is required in the presence of witnesses (minimum 2). We have a ceremony that has the legal verbal requirements only as well as more a traditional civil ceremony. You can decide which ceremony best suits your needs.

A) No, it is your ceremony so please dress as you wish; keeping in mind we are a public building therefore shirts and shoes are required.

Other Clerk's Division Questions:

A) Yes - Charitable, Religious or Non-profit Organizations can request (letter addressed to the City Clerk) to hold Tag Days in the City of Welland on certain dates, as a way to raise funds. Although there is no set Policy on how many groups may hold Tag Days on the same dates, this practice is discouraged. There is no limit on how many Tag Days may be held during the year.

A) The Clerk’s Office can certify true copies of documents requiring certification by other agencies. You are required to bring the original document with you to the Clerk’s Office for copying. There is a fee of $15.00 for this service.

Commissioners for Oath:

A) The City has Commissioners for Oath available for taking an individual’s Affidavit. If the form indicates the Affidavit must be taken by a Notary Public then you must contact a Lawyer.

A) We will sign Consent Letter for Children Travelling Aboard. All parties authorizing consent must be present. You can find an example at travel.gc.ca/letter . Please note this commissioned letter is not a guarantee that entry will be permit when presented.

A) Yes. It must be completed prior to attending city hall but do not sign the document until you are in front of the Commissioner with your photo identification.

A) Yes. It must be completed prior to attending city hall but do not sign the document until you are in front of the Commissioner. Both parties must attend with photo identification. Forms can be picked up at any Service Ontario location or printed from this link http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/GetFileAttach/013-1157E~1/$File/1157E.pdf

A) We can commission Letters of Invitation. You must write the letter but do not sign it. You must sign the document in front of the commissioner and present valid photo identification. You can find information and a sample letter at this link http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/letter.asp

A) No, unfortunately due to city policy we are not able to sign any documents that could result in court proceedings.

A) No, unfortunately due to city policy we are not able to sign any documents that could result in court proceedings.

A) We do not commission all documents. You may call the commissioner to discuss the document to determine if it can be commissioned. Please note that the commissioner may need to review the document to determine if it fits within city policy to be signed.

A) No, unfortunately due to city policy we are not able to sign any documents that could result in court proceedings.

A) No. A notary public is a lawyer with that designation. If your document says to be signed by a notary public you must contact a lawyer.