This section is based upon Ontario (Canada) provincial laws, however the process may be similar for your region. Check with your local ministry accordingly.
An Islamic marriage is not recognized by Ontario courts. Likewise, a legal civil marriage is not recognized in Islamic laws. These are two different processes that do not effect each other. Therefore, it is necessary to complete both processes so that both parties are protected Islamically and legally.
For a civil marriage you must first apply for a marriage licence with your local city. For Ontario, you will require:
- 2 pieces of ID
- Fee payment
- Filled out form (click here to download)
- Confirm that whoever will recite your nikah is a registered religious official, who can later register your marriage. Click here to confirm or find a registered religious official. (This step is not mandatory at this stage, but will be helpful)
Click here for further detailed information, as well as to find a local municipal office in your area, to submit the form. If you process it in-person, you will receive a licence in half an hour. You will also be given a pre-addressed return envelope; hold on to this, it will be required later on.
Note that this licence is valid for 3 months, so plan to obtain it within a maximum of 3 months before your Nikah.