Notice of publication of the marriage or civil union (action taken by officiant)
As the officiant, in most cases you must draw up a notice of publication of the marriage or civil union, entering the following information:
- the name and the domiciliary address of the intended spouses;
- the year and place of their birth;
- the scheduled solemnization date;
- the name of the officiant.
The correctness of the information in the document must be confirmed by a witness of full age.
You must also sign this document as the officiant and include a photocopy of the notice in the marriage or civil union file.
However, in some cases, the registrar of civil status may grant a dispensation from publication, meaning that the notice of publication will not be produced.
Posting of the notice of publication of the marriage or civil union
You must post the notice of publication of the marriage or civil union on the website of the registrar of civil status.
You must make sure that the notice of publication is posted for 20 days before the date of the marriage or civil union.
Change of date and amendment of the notice of publication of the marriage or civil union
If there is a change in the date or time of the ceremony, you may, as the officiant, amend the existing notice of publication.
The 20-day publication period applies to an amended notice, and the marriage or civil union must be solemnized within three months from the expiry of the 20-day period. When there has been a change in the time or date, the notice of publication should be kept posted until the date of the solemnization.
From January 1, 2018, notices of marriage and notices of civil union must be published on the website of the registrar of civil status for 20 days before the date fixed for the solemnization.
During a six-month transitional period ending on July 1, 2018, publications made under the old rules are accepted for marriages and civil unions solemnized no later than July 1, 2018.