Get a Marriage Licence

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
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. 

Degree of Consanguinity

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Assiniboia
Mom's Florist
Payant Ag. Inc.

Biggar
De Moissac Jewellers

Buena Vista 
Travel Professionals International

Black Lake First Nation
Ms. Coreen Sayazie

Canora
Canora Jewellery

Carlyle
Flower Focus

Carnduff
Carnduff Agencies Inc.
Petals To The Metal (Wholesale) Inc. 

Carrot River
Carrot River Pharmacy

Central Butte
Galloways Pharmacy Ltd.

Creighton
Town of Crighton

Davidson
Golden Image Jewellery

Debden
Mr. Jeffery O'Brien - (306) 724-4610

Dinsmore
Fraser Agencies

Eastend
Eastend Agencies

Esterhazy
Sharon Kishalowich

Estevan
A & A Jewellery
Simon's Jewellery Ltd.

Fond Du Lac Band
Marlene Naldzil

Fort Qu'Appelle
Beth Grainger's Florists
Buck's Dollar Store

Gainsborough
C.A. Shaw Insurance Broker

Goodsoil
NorthStar Agencies

Gravelbourg
Flowers Etc.by Monique

Grenfell
Willows Wellsch Orr & Brundige LLP

Hudson Bay
Generations Flowers & Gifts

Humboldt
Diamonds Of Detroit

Kamsack
Asst. Town Administrator 

Kelvington
Lund Agencies

Kerrobert
Shortt Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Kindersley
Scotts Jewellers

Kipling
Town of Kipling

La Loche
La Loche Drug Mart

La Ronge
Town of La Ronge

Langenburg
Town Administrator

Lanigan
Lanigan Agencies (1985) Inc.

Leader
Town of Leader

Lloydminster
Western Financial Group

Loon Lake
Mr. Harry Kostuik

Maidstone
Elliot Insurance Services

Manor
Manor Agencies

Maple Creek
Hill Country Clothing

Meadow Lake 
Jewelry Classique 2010

Melfort
Assaly Marks & Hopkins Fine Jewellers SInce 1928
Dynasty Jewellers

Melville
Flowers on Main

Moose Jaw
Heritage Insurance Ltd.
Judi's Specialities & Wedding World

Moosomin
Kassies Jewellery

Nipawin
Assaly Marks & Hopkins
E. Butt Watch Repair & Custom Jewellery
Genes Jewellery

Nokomis
Green Teal Insurance Brokers Ltd.

North Battleford
Blue Rentals
Jewellery Connection Inc.
Zeke's Jewellery

Oxbow
Oxbow Agencies Ltd

Pierceland
Mr. Andrew Stoddard

Prince Albert
Celebrations ! By Design
Craft Haven's Unique Wedding Boutique
Treasures In White Bridal Salon
Paris Jewellers

Redvers
Town Administrator

Regina
A Tymeless Event
Creative Touch Wedding Designs
Paper Umbrella
Paris Jewellers (Southland Mall)
Quality Goldsmiths Ltd.
Royalty Goldsmiths
Simon’s Jewellery Ltd.
The Wedding Gallery
Victoria Jewellers Ltd.

Rose Valley
Tri-line Agencies

St. Walburg
Clarity Insurance & Financial Solutions Inc

Saskatoon
Bateman Jewellers
Heinrichs Jewellery
Penny Lane Wedding Store
Peoples Jewellers (Midtown Plaza)
RSVP Event Design, Decor & Rental
The Wedding & Party Boutique
Jaydalynn Event Planning & Rentals
Paris Jewellers

Shaunavon
Browzer's Florist & Gift Shop

Spiritwood
Spiritwood Good Health Pharmacy

Stoughton
Tramer Insurance Brokers

Swift Current
Cindy’s Taxes and More
Peoples Jewellers
Woods Jewellers 

Tisdale
Markwart Jewellers Ltd.

Unity
Found Treasures
Michael's Photography

Village of Windthorst

Wadena
Jock's Jewellery & Gifts

Wakaw
Rudichuk Agencies Ltd.

Wawota
Town of Wawota

Weyburn
Knupp's Cove
Michael's Jewellers
York Jewellers Ltd.

Whitewood
Ms. Sandra Restau

Wilkie
Wilkie Agencies

Wynyard
Jenns Perfect Presents

Yorkton
Gifts of Gold
N.R. Parks Jewellery
Sherring Gold Ltd.
Zeke's Jeweller's

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.