Obtaining a marriage license is a necessary element of marriage. To avoid delays and hassles, gather all necessary documents and information before going to apply. Information is subject to change, so contact your County Clerk office to verify.
When to Apply for a License
One or both of the parties must reside at least 30 days in the county of application. Out-of-state residents must apply for a license in the county where the ceremony will take place. Apply at least six calendar days before you need the license issued. Once issued, the license is valid for 30 days.
What to Bring When You Apply
Over 18 years of age – unless with signed consent from guardians
Both parties must apply in person at same time
Proof of Residence (i.e. driver’s license, lease, utility bills, letter with postmark over 30 days old)
Certified copy of birth certificate (hospital certificate is not a legal document and is not accepted)
Social security number
Copy of divorce judgment, marriage annulment, or death certificate from most recent marriage
Location and date of marriage
Officiant name, title, address and phone number
Names, with correct spelling for both parents, including middle names and mother’s maiden name
A third person to interpret if one or both of the applicants do not speak English
Cash & license fees vary by county
What Happens Next
Bring the marriage license to the ceremony. Your officiant fills out the license, the witnesses will sign it, and then the officiant sends it to the Register of Deeds in the county where you were married. The marriage license is processed and becomes the marriage certificate.