Cobourg Resumes Marriage Licensing and Civil Ceremonies

In City Hall

The Town of Cobourg’s Legislative Services Department has resumed issuing Marriage Licences and conducting Civil Marriage Ceremonies, while following public health guidelines and restrictions.

The following steps will be taken to safely process a Marriage Licence application:

1. Completing the Application: Applicants must complete documentation in advance and submit a scanned or photographed copy along with necessary documentation electronically. Staff will then review all documents and contact the applicants to arrange a private in-person “curb-side” processing appointment.

2. Curbside Processing Appointment: In order to minimize exposure to our staff, Victoria Hall will remain closed to the public and applicants will not be permitted to enter. Instead, the Legislative Services Department is offering a “curbside appointment” as follows:

o Applicants must bring all original documents, the original application and the $125 licensing fee in individually sealed bags.

o Staff will meet applicants at the rear east delivery door of Victoria Hall to confirm identification and accept the documentation in sealed bags.

o Staff will process the Marriage Licence and issue to the applicants. The appointment usually lasts 20-40 minutes.

The Town of Cobourg also conducts Civil Marriage Ceremonies for $300 which will now take place in the Market Building at 201 Second Street until further notice.

Ceremonies can be scheduled Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (except on holidays), and typically range from 20-30 minutes in length.

As per the Province of Ontario restrictions, ceremonies will be limited to five (5) people, inclusive of the married couple, two witnesses and our Town Officiant while adhering to public health guidelines and increased safety protocols during the ceremony.

To learn more and download the Marriage Licence application, please visit

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

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