Marriage Abroad by Ottawa Notary

Ottawa's full service notary public

Marriage Abroad


If you are intent on getting married abroad, first, congratulations are in order!

Planning a wedding can be time consuming. At Bytowne Notary Public, our professional service is at your disposal to lighten your load by taking care of the prior Canadian paperwork requirements.

If you don’t have your key documents (cover letter and statutory declaration) already drafted or available, our Fast Draft process means we can have one ready for you to sign, and for us to notarize or commission in Ottawa, within 48 hours of you providing us with all of the required information.
Requirements and Service Fees

There is typically a bit of special preparation required of you regarding the Canadian paperwork requirements to enable marriage abroad. To find out what is required, go to “Learn More” at the bottom of this page. Then, once you have gathered all that is required in your unique instance, simply walk in and we’ll be glad to assist.

Full Service:
  • Includes all document drafting, government representation, certifications, as well as authentication as required: $350
Notarization Only:
Fee per notarization, or embossing, or certification of copy, or commissioning of oath:
  • first - $25
  • second - $25
  • third - $25
  • fourth - $20
  • fifth - $20
  • sixth and subsequent - $15 each
A Few Notes:
  • We are open on Monday from 9am to 6pm, on Tuesday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, and on Friday from 9am to 4pm.
  • We can open as late as an hour beyond the closing times indicated above if pre-arranged.
  • We see clients without an appointment.
  • We usually accept final clients for the day 15 minutes before the closing times indicated above. Arrivals less than 15 minutes before closing time are charged a separate, one-time after-hours fee of $14.
Optional Fees For Other Services You May Additionally Select:
  • Gold Seal: The above pricing applies to Dry Seal embossing. Some clients prefer Gold Seal embossing, which stands out and reads better if documents are photocopied or scanned, and which is more prestigious. $2 additionally per embossing.
  • Additional Notary Information (Red Stamp): Notaries prevent fraud by checking identities and signatures. To ensure someone is really a notary, Canadian governments check against their database of notary seals and signatures. If the entity requiring you to notarize your document does not have access to this Canadian government database, your notary can give additional information to enable a general (“Law Society”) search to verify your notary’s identity. $6 additionally (one-time flat fee, not per page).
  • Digital Copy: Your notary is required to keep an electronic copy of your identity and document on file. As an option, this copy can be emailed to you. This is useful if you will be giving your notarized document to the entity requesting it, but you want to keep your copy or have a back-up copy. Maximum of 20 one-sided pages. $2 additionally (one-time flat fee, not per page).
  • Witnessing: We can provide you with up to two witnesses, in the event they are required in addition to the notarization of your document. $10 additionally per witness signature.
  • Printing or Copying: We can provide you with a printing or copying service if you send your documents (by email) in advance to our office for printing, or bring your documents in for copying. This is especially useful for clients with large sets of documents, or without the time to print or copy before visiting our office. Our printing or copying rate is $0.40 per page.
  • Fast Draft: Your notary can opt to draft your document if you don’t have one ready. A maximum of 2 pages per document applies. Complex documents will be charged a higher fee. $75 additionally for per document.
1) Payment can be made by Interac, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Payment can also be made by cash. Unfortunately we are unable to accept cheques.
2) As the authentication step that may be required as part of the Canadian paperwork requirements for marriage abroad is a multi-step process; as there may be embassy, high commission or consular fees, separate from our service fees, that differ by country and can change without notice; and as courier fees may additionally be required, credit card information must be kept on file. A detailed invoice is submitted at the end of the process in all instances.
3) The harmonized sales tax (HST) will be added to fees.
Getting Started

Gather all that is required in your unique instance, as well as your identification, then click on the “Find Us” button to visit our contact page for our location map.

We are located at 311 Lebreton Street South in Ottawa. The closest major intersection to our office is Booth Street and Carling Avenue. Simply visit us during office hours and we’ll be glad to assist you. You are always assured of a convenient, fast and friendly service.

If Fast Draft is required, we will commence work on drafting your document immediately following an initial consultation to acquire relevant details and a method of payment.
Learn More

If planning a wedding abroad, it is of great importance that you get all of the required documents before leaving.

Below is a brief overview of the documents you’ll likely require.

However, it is important to note that in all instances your first step should be to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of your intended marital destination and find out the specifics of their requirements, right down to whether “any authentication of accompanying documents is required to be undertaken” with your provincial government, with the federal government, or with both governments. [Note: as our client, we will be sure to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of your intended marital destination and ask this question for you.]

In most instances, you’ll require a “Statement in Lieu of a Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad”, issued by authorities in Canada. This document takes up to three weeks for the government to process, and it is then always mailed, it cannot be picked up in person. So, time may be of the essence regarding your circumstance!

To get the document, you’ll need
  • (a) a cover letter requesting it;
  • (b) a statutory declaration stating your full name, present marital status and your permanent address in Canada [post office boxes are not accepted];
  • (c) if previously married, the original or appropriately certified true copy of your divorce certificate or divorce judgment;
  • (d) if a widow or widower, the original or appropriately certified true copy of the death certificate of your deceased spouse;
  • (e) if born in Canada, the original or appropriately certified true copy of your long-form birth certificate;
  • (f) if born outside Canada, the appropriately certified true copies of your Canadian citizenship card and Record of Landing form [if you have lost your Recording of Landing form this must be mentioned in the statutory declaration you undertake in (b) above]; and
  • (g) a certified true copy of your passport.
It may be required that the above documents be authenticated. Authentication is an often complex multi-step process in which Canadian authorities essentially “certify the notarial certifications” on your documents. That is, they take steps to ensure a marital fraud is not set to be committed.

311 Lebreton Street South,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 4L4