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Marriage Commissioner Licence

What is a marriage commissioner?

The role of a marriage commissioner is to perform civil (ie non-religious) marriage ceremonies in accordance with PEI legislation. The marriage commissioner accurately completes legal documents and provides customer service excellence by offering flexible ceremony options to accommodate a couple's wishes for their wedding ceremony.

What are the requirements to be a marriage commissioner?

You must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • be proficient in the English language (spoken and written)
  • successfully complete a training program offered by Vital Statistics, and
  • submit an application form and supporting documentation, necessary for consideration.

What are the responsibilities of a marriage commissioner?

  • To provide timely and accurate information and advice to public inquiries
  • To organize, schedule and confirm availability for ceremony date and time and be punctual and prepared for meetings, rehearsals and ceremonies
  • To attend interviews, meetings and rehearsals to discuss details and customization as required/requested by couples
  • Be willing to dedicate sufficient time to make each and every ceremony a success for the wedding couple; demonstrating an open mind to customizing a ceremony while ensuring legal requirements are met
  • To be responsible, professional and committed to delivering a high quality government service that has legal components
  • To perform each ceremony in a professional manner respecting the dignity and solemnity of the occasion
  • To know and understand the related legislation, policies and procedures associated with the role and in performing a marriage in PEI
  • Respectfully represent the Government of PEI and marriage commissioner appointment
  • Ensure all legal requirements are met, including:
    • Couples have obtained a marriage licence that is valid for the date of marriage
    • At least two adult credible witnesses over the age of 18 years are present at the ceremony
    • The couple being married understands the language in which the ceremony is being performed and if not, necessary actions are taken
    • Providing the couple with a signed certificate of solemnization of marriage following the ceremony (this is a keepsake, not a legal document)
    • The Registration of Marriage (legal document) is completed accurately and in full, and is sent to Vital Statistics within 7 days of the marriage.

How do I become a marriage commissioner?

You can become a marriage commissioner if you meet the requirements, complete the application, provide the necessary supporting information with the required fee, and send it to the Director of Vital Statistics by March 31st of the current year.

How long is a licence valid?
A licence is valid for three years upon initial appointment and must be renewed every two years thereafter. Failure to renew a licence before expiration will require re-application with the related fee.  

Fees:

  • $200 for marriage commissioner licence application
  • $100 for marriage commissioner licence renewal

Related Links:

Forms

PEI Marriage Commissioner Licence Application
  (PDF)     
Renew PEI Marriage Commissioner Licence Application
  (PDF)     

General Contact Information

Address : 
126 Douses Road
Montague, PE
C0A 1R0
Telephone:
(902) 838-0880
Facsimile:
(902) 838-0883
Toll-free:
1-877-320-1253
Email:
vsmontague@gov.pe.ca

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