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If you're in need of essential documentation marking significant life milestones - including a birth or death registration, or a marriage licence - we are here to help.

Birth Certificates

Births occurring in Penetanguishene are no longer registered with the municipality.

You may apply for a new or replacement birth certificate or a certified copy of birth registration through Service Ontario. This service allows you to electronically submit the statement of live birth and submit applications for a birth certificate and social insurance number at the same time. Please note there will be a fee, payable by credit card only.

If you choose to mail your application or pay by cheque or money order, hard copy applications for birth certificates or newborn registration may be obtained within the Corporate Services department, located at Town Hall, or at a Service Ontario Centre.

If you need to travel with your newborn and have not yet received a birth certificate, please contact the Office of the Registrar General at 1-800-461-2156 or visit Service Ontario.

Death Registrations

For deaths that occur in Ontario, the funeral director or person responsible for completing the death information brings the documents to the Corporate Services department at town hall. The division registrar records the information, issues a burial permit and forwards the documents to the Office of the Registrar General.

When this has been completed, you may apply for a death certificate online through Service Ontario, payable by credit card only. If you choose to mail your application or pay by cheque or money order, hard copy death certificate applications may be obtained within the Corporate Services department, located at town hall, or at a Service Ontario Centre.

Marriage Licence Applications

If you wish to be married in Ontario, you must complete a marriage licence application form, signed by you and your future spouse. The application form must be submitted, with the appropriate identification, in person by one or both of you to the Corporate Services department, located at town hall.

We've provided additional information on marriage licence requirements to assist you in the process.

Provided the information is complete and consistent documentation is provided, the license will be issued the within days, and is valid anywhere in Ontario for a period of three months from the date of issuance.

An appointment is not required. The fee for a marriage licence is $125.00, payable by cash, debit, credit or cheque.

Marriage Certificates

After the marriage ceremony, the officiate who performs the ceremony will mail your completed marriage licence for registration to the Office of the Registrar General. Once the licence has been registered (6 – 8 weeks later), you may apply for a marriage certificate through Service Ontario, payable by credit card only.

If you choose to mail your application or pay by cheque or money order, hard copy marriage certificate applications may be obtained by the Corporate Services department, located at town hall, or at a Service Ontario Centre.

Contact Information

The Corporate Services department is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except statutory and other holidays).

For more information, please contact:

Town of Penetanguishene, Corporate Services Department,
10 Robert Street West P.O. Box 5009,
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 2G2
705-549-7453

Office of the Registrar General
P.O. Box 4600 189 Red River Road,
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8
1-800-461-2156 or 416-325-8305.