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Ceremonies

In Saskatchewan, marriages between two individuals may be solemnized, or legalized, through a religious or civil ceremony.

Religious and Civil ceremonies

Only certain clergy can perform religious ceremonies.

Marriage commissioners perform civil ceremonies. Marriage commissioners must be registered with the Marriage Unit, Family Justice Services, Saskatchewan Justice. For information about marriage commissioner appointments and fees for performing civil ceremonies, contact the Marriage Unit at (306) 787-4132.

Clergy and marriage commissioners must be registered in Saskatchewan according to The Marriage Act, 1995.

Can a Justice of the Peace perform marriages?

No. A Justice of the Peace cannot marry people unless he or she is a Marriage Commissioner.

Licence Requirements

In Saskatchewan, couples who want to marry must purchase a Saskatchewan Marriage Licence. This law came into effect on October 1, 1992.

The Marriage Amendment Act, 1992 eliminates the "publication of Banns" form as a prerequisite to marriage. Banns are the public announcement of a proposed marriage. Banns may still be read for religious purposes.

If either of the prospective spouses is unable to understand or speak English or French, they must arrange for an independent interpreter to be present when purchasing the marriage licence.

Where can marriage licences be purchased?

Saskatchewan marriage licences are purchased from marriage licence issuers. Jewellery stores or town administrators in Saskatchewan generally provide this service.

Marriage licences purchased outside Saskatchewan are not valid for marriage in Saskatchewan. For example, couples purchasing an Alberta Marriage Licence must be married in Alberta.

Please contact the Marriage Unit for specific information on where to purchase marriage licences.

When should we purchase the marriage licence? 

A marriage licence is only valid for a period of three months or 90 days.  The marriage licence becomes effective the day after it is purchased.  Therefore, the marriage licence can be purchased anywhere from one day to 90 days prior to the wedding ceremony.

Do we need to show identification?

Yes, two pieces of government issued identification must be presented to the marriage licence issuer.

  • Of the two pieces of government issued identification, one must be photo identification.
  • Examples of acceptable identification include a birth certificate, passport, driver’s licence, citizenship or permanent resident card or treaty card.

What is the statutory declaration?

The statutory declaration is a series of questions and information, located on the back of the marriage licence.

When applying for the marriage licence, the prospective spouses must complete and sign the statutory declaration in the presence of the marriage licence issuer. The statutory declaration must be read to the parties to prove that they fully understand the content. This includes reading the "Degrees of Consanguinity" which may bar the solemnization of the marriage. 

What “Degree of Consanguinity” (blood relationship; the relation of people who descend from the same ancestor) would bar the solemnization of marriage? 

Degrees of consanguinity refer to the relationship between the prospective spouses. 

An individual may not marry his or her:

  • Grandmother
  • Grandfather
  • Father
  • Mother
  • Son
  • Daughter
  • Granddaughter
  • Grandson
  • Brother
  • Sister 

The relationships above include all relationships, whether by whole or half blood or adoption.

Minors

What is the age of majority in Saskatchewan?

The age of majority is 18 years. There are certain restrictions that apply to minors.

Persons 16 or 17 years of age

A Saskatchewan "Consent to Marriage of a Minor" form much be signed and completed by the parent(s) or guardian(s). They must sign the consent form in the presence of a Saskatchewan marriage licence issuer, clergy or any person authorized to take affidavits.

Consent forms can be obtained from a Saskatchewan marriage licence issuer or from the Marriage Unit.

If the parent(s) or guardian(s) refuse to consent to the marriage, the minor can apply to a judge of either the provincial or Queen's Bench court for an order dispensing with their consent. The minor may obtain the judge's order by applying to a court house in Saskatchewan.

Persons 15 year of age or under

If either party of the prospective marriage is under 16 years of age, no licence will be issued and no marriage will be solemnized. However, an order from a Provincial Court judge can override this. The minor may obtain the judge's order by applying to a courthouse in Saskatchewan. In addition, the "Consent to Marriage of a Minor" form must be completed and attached to the statement.

Previously Married Persons

What documentation is required for persons who were previously married?

Divorced

If either of the prospective spouses is divorced, evidence of the termination of the marriage must be presented to the marriage licence issuer when purchasing the marriage licence. The following documents are acceptable as proof of the dissolution of marriage:

  • the original or a court certified copy of the "Decree Absolute" of Divorce; or
  • the original or court certified copy of the "Certificate of Divorce".

The preliminary document (Judgment, Order, or Decree Nisi) are not accepted as proof of divorce in Saskatchewan. 

The correct divorce documents can be obtained from the court in the province or state in which the marriage was dissolved. 

All divorce documents must be translated into English by an independent translator.  The translator must include his or her name, complete address and telephone number.

Annulments

The original or court certified copy of the "Decree of Annulment" of marriage is acceptable. This document can be obtained from the "Custodian of Registrations of Annulment of Marriages" in the province or state in which the marriage was annulled. Church annulment papers are not acceptable.

Parties cannot remarry until 30 days after the annulment is granted.

Widowed

If either of the prospective spouses was previously married and the former spouse is known to have died, no proof of death is required. The exact date and place of death of the former spouse must be known.

If the former spouse is presumed to have died, a declaration of presumption of death must be presented to the marriage licence issuer. The Court of Queen's Bench issues the declaration in Saskatchewan. This document must be attached to the marriage licence. The official performing the marriage ceremony must ensure all documents are signed and in order.

General Questions

Can same sex couples be married in Saskatchewan?

Yes. Same sex marriages are permitted in Saskatchewan.

Are blood tests or medical examinations required?

No. Blood tests or medical examinations are not required.

How many witnesses are needed?

Two witnesses 18 years of age or over are needed.

What if I want to get married outside of Saskatchewan?

Contact the province or country where you want to get married for information about their marriage laws.

Can a Justice of the Peace perform marriages?

No. A Justice of the Peace cannot marry people unless he or she is a Marriage Commissioner.

Where can I buy a marriage licence?

Saskatchewan marriage licences can be purchased from marriage licence issuers. Jewellry stores or town administrators in Saskatchewan generally provide this service.

Marriage licences purchased outside Saskatchewan are not valid for marriage in Saskatchewan. For example, couples purchasing an Alberta Marriage Licence must be married in Alberta.

Please contact the Marriage Unit for specific information on where to purchase marriage licence.

How much does a marriage licence cost?

The fee is $60.  There is no tax on a marriage licence. 

Who can perform marriages?

Clergy and marriage commissioners who are registered in Saskatchewan according to The Marriage Act, 1995, can perform marriages.

Get a Marriage Certificate

Learn more about the steps you are required to take to get a marriage certificate.



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