I wanted to post an update on the Marriage License processing time this fall 2022.
This past week I spoke at length with the Service Ontario processing department about how
long it is taking for couples married this past summer to have their licenses registered. They are
experiencing a surge of completed marriage licenses that is almost triple (yes, triple!) what
they used to receive pre-covid.
The normal processing time to order a Marriage Certificate was 4-6 weeks. That is now 14-16
weeks. Yes, you read that right. 14 to 16 weeks. They ask that you please be patient as they
will get each marriage registered as quickly as they can.
If you are in dire need of your Certificate for name change, pension benefits, deployment or
any other important reason, you may call their office and give your names, date of marriage,
location of marriage and your Officiants name and they will assign someone to dig through
the enormous stack of licenses to be completed. By providing your Officiants name it narrows
down the search.
Hopefully this is a bit of reassurance for those couples wondering why their Certificate hasn’t
been issued yet. As always, message me if you have any questions and I will guide you as best