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Each county has its own laws & regulations for attaining a marraige license. Please enter the zip code of the county you want to get married in.
Step 1: Questions
You will be prompted to answer a few simple questions about yourself.
Step 2: Forms
Work through your checklist and follow the instructions to complete the application process.
Step 3: File
Review your completed documents, then head to
the county clerk's office
Frequently Asked Questions
The requirements for getting a marriage license change from state to state and county to county, but many of them have similar procedures when it comes to waiting period, required documents, ceremony officiates, and underage marriage license requirements.
What Documents are Required?
When two people are seeking to obtain a marriage license, each must present photo identification to prove name and place of residence. They may also need to show divorce papers (if applicable) and a social security card, certified birth certificate, and/or official passport.
What is the Waiting Period?
While some states and counties will issue same-day marriage licenses, most places stipulate a waiting period of between three and eight days before granting a license. In most states, once the couple secures the marriage license, it will remain valid for 30 to 60 days from the date of issue.
What if I am Under the Age of 18?
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have a notarized consent form from a parent or legal guardian to obtain a valid marriage license unless you have been previously married.
Who can officiate a marriage?
Valid marriage officiates include judges, clerks of court, certified deputies, certified religious figures such as an ordained minister, church elder, or rabbi. In addition, some states permit notaries of the public to officiate marriages. To record the marriage, the couple and the marriage officiate must sign the marriage license and then submit it to the clerk of courts. The marriage is not official until the clerk of courts receives the signed marriage license.