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Licences and permits

Getting a marriage licence

A marriage licence is required to get married in Ontario.

  • The licence is valid for 90 days from the issued date.
  • The licence is valid for use anywhere in the province of Ontario.

Expired licences

Important: The Province has extended the expiry date for marriage licences. For more information please visit the ServiceOntario webpage

Date issued Valid until
December 1, 2019 to July 24, 2020 July 24, 2022
July 25, 2020 to September 30, 2020 3 months from the date issued (not extended)
October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 February 10, 2023
January 1, 2021 to June 4 2021 June 4, 2023

 Note: The validity period for foreign divorce authorizations issued by the Office of the Registrar General has also been extended for the same duration as the extended marriage licence validity periods noted above.

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Cat and dog registration

$25 coupon for each pet registration or renewal. To learn more, view the Ren's Pet coupon flyer or login to MyServiceOttawa.

The Ren's coupon program applies to all pet registrations. If registering online, an email providing the coupon link will be sent to the pet owner within 3 business days.  Please note that pets cannot be registered at Ren's store locations; registration must be completed through the City of Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa requires that cat and dog owners register their pets. This ensures the City has the necessary information to help reunite you with your pet if it becomes lost.  Pet registrations must be renewed on an annual basis.

As of June 20, 2011, all pet registration fees are non-refundable. 

You will receive a numbered metal tag which must be worn on your pet’s collar/harness, particularly when outside of your home. By-law & Regulatory Services will no longer be mailing renewal stickers to affix to your pet’s tag. By-law Officers are equipped with computers in the field, replacing the need to verify registration by way of a sticker on the registration tag

You can register your pet or renew your existing registration:


You can now manage your pet registrations and access expanded service options online through My ServiceOttawa, including:

  • Create new pet registrations
  • Renew existing pet registrations
  • Update and change information to existing pet registrations
  • Request  replacement identification tags
  • Pay fees directly through (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Interac Online and Visa Debit.)

In person by appointment only

Masks are required to be worn in enclosed public spaces including at City of Ottawa facilities as mandated by province-wide masking regulations.