In Saskatchewan, couples who want to marry must purchase a Saskatchewan Marriage Licence.
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
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.
Degree of Consanguinity
Degrees of consanguinity refer to the relationship between the prospective spouses.
An individual may not marry his or her:
The relationships above include all relationships, whether by whole or half blood or adoption.
The age of majority is 18 years in Saskatchewan. 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.
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.
The fee to purchase a Marriage Licence is $60
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. A minor may obtain a judge's order by applying to a courthouse in Saskatchewan. The "Consent to Marriage of a Minor" form must be completed and attached to the statement.
Can same sex couples be married in Saskatchewan?
Yes. Same sex marriages are permitted in Saskatchewan.
Who can perform marriages?
Clergy and marriage commissioners who are registered in Saskatchewan according to The Marriage Act, 1995, can perform marriages.
Previously Married Persons
What documentation is required for persons who were previously married?
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.
Certificates of Divorce
A certified copy of a certificate of divorce may be obtained by writing to, or attending in person at, the court house where the divorce was granted. To locate the file, the court staff need the names of the parties, the court file number and the approximate year of commencement of the divorce proceedings. If you do not know the court file number (which is located at the top of every court document), you will have to pay a search fee.
The fees are:
- $10.00 for the certified copy;
- $10.00 search fee, if the search only covers a five year period. $20.00 if the search is for a longer period or if the request is made to the wrong judicial centre; and
- $.50 per page photocopying fee.
All fees must accompany your request. Make your cheque payable to the Local Registrar.
If you do not know in which court house the divorce was granted, you may call the Central Divorce Registry in Ottawa. The staff there will be able to find the information needed. Their contact number is (613) 957-4519.
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.
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.
Are blood tests or medical examinations required?
No. Blood tests or medical examinations are not required.
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.
Where can I Purchase a Marriage Licence in Saskatchewan?
Saskatchewan marriage licences are purchased from marriage licence issuers. Jewellery stores or town administrators in Saskatchewan generally provide this service. See the list below for issuers in Saskatchewan.
Payant Ag. Inc.
De Moissac Jewellers
Travel Professionals International
Black Lake First Nation
Ms. Coreen Sayazie
Carnduff Agencies Inc.
Petals To The Metal (Wholesale) Inc.
Carrot River Pharmacy
Galloways Pharmacy Ltd.
Town of Crighton
Golden Image Jewellery
Mr. Jeffery O'Brien - (306) 724-4610
A & A Jewellery
Simon's Jewellery Ltd.
Fond Du Lac Band
Beth Grainger's Florists
Buck's Dollar Store
C.A. Shaw Insurance Broker
Flowers Etc.by Monique
Willows Wellsch Orr & Brundige LLP
Generations Flowers & Gifts
Diamonds Of Detroit
Asst. Town Administrator
Shortt Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Town of Kipling
La Loche Drug Mart
Town of La Ronge
Lanigan Agencies (1985) Inc.
Town of Leader
Western Financial Group
Mr. Harry Kostuik
Elliot Insurance Services
Hill Country Clothing
Jewelry Classique 2010
Assaly Marks & Hopkins Fine Jewellers SInce 1928
Flowers on Main
Ellens on Main
Heritage Insurance Ltd.
Judi's Specialities & Wedding World
Assaly Marks & Hopkins
E. Butt Watch Repair & Custom Jewellery
Green Teal Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Jewellery Connection Inc.
Oxbow Agencies Ltd
Mr. Andrew Stoddard
Celebrations ! By Design
Craft Haven's Unique Wedding Boutique
Treasures In White Bridal Salon
A Tymeless Event
Creative Touch Wedding Designs
Paris Jewellers (Southland Mall)
Quality Goldsmiths Ltd.
Simon’s Jewellery Ltd.
The Wedding Gallery
Victoria Jewellers Ltd.
Clarity Insurance & Financial Solutions Inc
Penny Lane Wedding Store
Peoples Jewellers (Midtown Plaza)
RSVP Event Design, Decor & Rental
The Wedding & Party Boutique
Browzer's Florist & Gift Shop
Spiritwood Good Health Pharmacy
Tramer Insurance Brokers
Cindy’s Taxes and More
Markwart Jewellers Ltd.
Village of Windthorst
Jock's Jewellery & Gifts
Rudichuk Agencies Ltd.
Town of Wawota
York Jewellers Ltd.
Ms. Sandra Restau
Jenns Perfect Presents
Gifts of Gold
N.R. Parks Jewellery
Sherring Gold Ltd.
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.