Designated officiant (one-day officiant)

If you wish to solemnize the marriage or civil union of a loved one, a relative or a friend, you and the intended spouses must complete the Application for the Designation of an Officiant of a Marriage or Civil Union form.

Eligibility Conditions

In order to apply to be designated as an officiant, you must comply with the following conditions:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or reside in Québec;
  • Be 18 years of age or over and have full exercise of all your civil rights;
  • Speak French or English;
  • Not be under tutorship or curatorship, or have an adviser to a person of full age;
  • Have complied with your obligations as an officiant during a previous marriage or civil union, if applicable.

Eligibility for filing an application does not necessarily mean that the Directeur de l’état civil will grant the designation.

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Telephone interview

When analyzing each application, the Directeur de l’état civil contacts the prospective officiant by telephone to verify whether they comply with the eligibility criteria and to inform them of their obligations as an officiant. Interviews take place by appointment from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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Limit to the number of designations

The Directeur de l’état civil does not grant citizens general designations to act as officiants. A maximum of three specific designations may be granted a person who has been asked to personally officiate a marriage or civil union. However, the Directeur de l’état civil may grant additional authorizations to a citizen if the application pertains directly to his or her father, mother, brother, sister or child.

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Reviewed: 2019-03-27

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