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How To Get A Marriage License in British Columbia

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! If you’re planning to get married in British Columbia, you’ll need to obtain a marriage license. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to get a marriage license in British Columbia.

Gathering All Necessary Documentation

Before you can apply for a marriage license in British Columbia, you’ll need to gather some essential documentation. This includes government-issued identification for both parties, such as a passport or driver’s license. You’ll also need to provide proof of your age, which can be a birth certificate or a Canadian citizenship card.

Find A Marriage License Issuer Near You

In British Columbia, marriage licenses are issued by Service BC offices, as well as some city halls and other government offices. You can find a list of locations on the BC Government website. Be sure to call ahead to make an appointment, as many offices require them.

Apply for Your Marriage License

When you’ve found a location to apply for your marriage license, you’ll need to apply in person. Both parties must be present when applying, and you’ll need to provide all the necessary documentation. You’ll also need to pay a fee, which varies depending on the location.

Wait for the Marriage License to be Issued

Once you’ve applied for the marriage license, you’ll need to wait for it to be issued. This typically takes about three business days, but it can take longer during busy periods. It’s important to note that a marriage license is only valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

Give the Marriage License to Your Officiant

Once you’ve received your marriage license, you’ll need to give it to your officiant before the wedding ceremony. They’ll need to sign it during the ceremony and return it to the government office where it was issued within 48 hours of the wedding.

Obtaining a marriage license in British Columbia is a simple process. You’ll need to gather necessary documentation, find a Service BC office or other government location near you, apply for the license, wait for it to be issued, and give it to your officiant. With these steps, you’ll be on your way to getting married in beautiful British Columbia.

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