If you want to get married in Nunavut, you will need to get a marriage license or public banns from your religious organization.
You can get a marriage license from a Marriage License Issuer.
Marriage License Issuers are available in most communities in Nunavut.
For the name of the Marriage License Issuer in your community call toll free (800) 661-0833 or (867) 645-8017.
There is a $25.00 fee for a marriage license.
Getting a Marriage License
To get a Marriage License, you will have to give the following information to a Marriage License Issuer:
- Birth certificate for both parties intending to marry
- Full names for both sets of parents (including mother’s maiden names)
- Place of birth for both sets of parents
- Immigration documents (if applicable)
- Divorce certificate(s) or decree(s) – a decree absolute or certificate is required if either person has been divorced. Please note: no other divorce documents are acceptable
- Death certificate(s) (if either person has been widowed)
A marriage certificate is needed to:
- Prove your marriage is legal
- Ensure that the rights of spouses and children are respected
- Apply for certain social benefits
- Settle an estate
- To change your surname to that of your spouse or to use a hyphenated surname
You can get a marriage certificate if you are:
Recorded as both people on the marriage registration
A legal representative of either person getting married
- The parents or guardian of a person who was under 18 years of age at the time of marriage
- Children of the marriage to prove parentage, age, or birthplace of parent, for legal purposes
- An agent, or any other person, on the written authorization of either person getting married
- A person who requires the certificate for use in a court of law, for adoption, or for settlement of an estate
- An officer of the Crown, for official purposes
- A government department approved by the Registrar of Vital Statistics, when required for legal or other legitimate purposes
Get a Marriage Certificate
The Department of Health can provide past marriage certificates dating back to the creation of Nunavut on April 1st, 1999.
To get a marriage certificate, fill out the Application for Certificate form. Make sure all of your information is correct.
The fee for all marriage certificates (large and wallet size) is $10.00 per certificate and can be paid by cheque or money order (payable to the Government of Nunavut).
Mail completed forms to the following address:
Nunavut Vital Statistics
Department of Health
Rankin Inlet, NU
Phone: (867) 645-8001
Fax: (867) 645-8092
Toll Free: (800) 661-0833