Marriage License Requirements
Marriage License requirements vary from state to state. Please check with your local County office for specific requirements. Typically you must appear together and be of legal age (18 in most states). Younger couples usually need to have written parental consent. A valid I. D. (State Drivers License, Military ID, Passport, State ID Card, or Birth Certificate) must be presented which indicates the date of birth for both applicants. The marriage license is usually only valid for a specified period of time and a new license (and fees) will likely be necessary if the time has expired. Some states may also have a waiting period.
On the Application the Bride and Groom must fill out information such as:
- Full Names including the maiden name of the Bride
- Social Security Numbers
- Permanent Addresses
- Date and Place of Birth (town or city, county, state, or country)
- Complete names of parents including the maiden name of the mother
- Birthplaces of father and mother (state or country)
- If you have been divorced, you must provide a date that the divorce was final. If the divorce has been final for only a short period of time, you will likely have to supply court documents showing the divorce is final.
Licensing fees vary, but are usually between $25 and $100. Be sure to inquire about acceptable payment methods as checks are often not accepted and some states require cash payment.
A marriage ceremony can typically be preformed by County Clerks, Rabbis, licensed or ordained ministers, or Priests of any religious denominations, Mayors of municipalities, Justices of the Peace, or Judges or Magistrates of the United States. The Officiant usually provides a marriage certificate to you and files it with the county or state.
State residents can usually apply in any county and most often licenses may be used anywhere in the State. Non-residents need to check the local state requirements.
Please check with your local County office for specific requirements.