Marriage License Information by State
All states have laws about:
- Minimum age: Many states will not allow minors to marry; others require parental consent for minors under 18 years of age.
- Consent: All parties must consent to the marriage.
- Capacity: All parties must be mentally able to understand they are getting married.
Below you will find state-by-state links to marriage license requirements and related information. Not all states have marriage license information available on the state government website. The article lists a county clerk's office if a state office is unavailable. You should check the court clerk's office in your county or city for accurate information.
What You Will Need
Each state and county want you to present documents during the application process. These differ by state and county, but each state will likely want to see your:
- Driver's license or other photo ID
- Birth certificate or proof of age
- Social security number
- Divorce decree if either party was previously married
- Passport or green card for non-residents
Many states need both parties to appear in person for the application and marriage ceremony. You must pay a marriage license fee at the time of application. There may be a waiting period of up to a week between the license issuance and the date the parties can marry. Parties can waive the waiting period by court order.
This list provides contact information for each state or a sample county. Your county clerk's office is the best resource for marriage information.
- Marriage Certificates (Alabama Public Health)
- Marriage Licenses and Applications (State of Alaska)
- Marriage License InfoSheet [PDF] (Pulaski County)
- Marriage License: General Information (State of California)
- Apply for a Marriage or Civil Union License (City and County of Denver)
- Marriage in Connecticut [PDF] (Judicial Branch, State of Connecticut)
- Applying for a Marriage License (Sussex County)
District of Columbia
- Marriage Matters (Superior Court of D.C.)
- Marriage License Application [PDF] (Superior Court of D.C.)
- Marriage License (Duval County Clerk of Courts)
- Apply for a Marriage License (State of Georgia)
- About Marriage Licenses (State of Hawaii)
- Getting a Marriage License (State of Idaho)
- Apply for a Marriage License (State of Indiana)
- Apply for Marriage License (State of Kansas)
- Marriage and Divorce Certificates (State of Kentucky)
- How To Obtain An Orleans Parish Marriage License (Orleans Parish, New Orleans)
- Getting Married in Maine (State of Maine)
- Marriage | Maryland Courts (State of Maryland)
- Marriage and Divorce (State of Massachusetts)
- Marriage License Application (Kent County, Michigan)
- Minnesota Marriage License Application (State of Minnesota)
- Marriage License (Harrison County)
- Marriage and Divorce (State of Missouri)
- Marriage - Common Law Marriage - Getting Married (State of Montana)
- Marriage License Requirements (Clark County)
- Marriage Licenses (Concord, New Hampshire)
- Entering into a Marriage or Civil Union in New Jersey [PDF] (New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services)
- Marriage Licenses (Santa Fe County)
- Getting Married in New York State (New York State Dept. of Health)
- Marriage Certificates (New York State Department of Health)
- Marriage (State of North Carolina)
- Marriage Licenses (Cass County)
- Marriage Licenses (Cuyahoga County)
- Marriage Licenses (Tulsa County)
- Marriage Licenses (Montgomery County)
- Marriage Licenses (Rhode Island Department of Health)
- Marriage License Division (Charleston County)
- Marriage License Requirements (State of South Dakota)
- Online Application for Marriage License (Tennessee County Clerk)
- Marriage Licenses (Tarrant County)
- Marriage (State of Utah)
- Marriage License FAQs (City of Burlington)
- Application for Vermont License of Civil Marriage [PDF] (Vermont Dept. of Health)
- Marriage License Pre-Application (Fairfax Circuit Court)
- Marriage License Information (Fairfax County)
- County Clerk (Wood County)
- How to Apply for a Marriage License (Milwaukee County)
- Marriage Licenses (Laramie County)
Q: How Do I Get a Copy of My Marriage Certificate?
If you need a certified copy of your marriage certificate, you can contact the county or city clerk's office or the state vital records department. Each state listed has a link to that office. You may have to pay a fee for the clerk to reissue your marriage certificate.
Q: Who Can Perform My Wedding Ceremony?
Some states allow anyone to perform the wedding ceremony or "solemnization" of the marriage. The important part is filing the marriage certificate with the appropriate department afterward. Other states want the circuit court judge or a justice of the peace to perform the ceremony.
Q: Do We Have To Change Our Names?
A name change is no longer required, but some couples still want to. You may also want to hyphenate your last names or make other changes. You can change your name on the marriage license application or ask the clerk.
Q: Do We Need a Blood Test?
All states have abandoned blood tests for sexually transmitted diseases. New York tests applicants for sickle-cell anemia only.
Need More Marriage License Information? Get Legal Help Today
There are other legal considerations to getting married. Marriage affects property, tax, and other rights. Speaking with a qualified attorney can help identify potential issues before they impact your marriage. Get started today by finding a family law attorney in your state.
Can I Solve This on My Own or Do I Need an Attorney?
- Many people can get married without hiring legal help
- Marriages involving prenups, significant debt, child custody issues, and property questions may need an attorney
Get tailored advice and ask questions about getting married.
Don't Forget About Estate Planning
Marriage is an ideal time to create or change your estate planning forms. Take the time to add new beneficiaries (including your spouse!) to your will. Consider creating a power of attorney to ensure your spouse can access your financial accounts. Also, a health care directive lets your spouse make your medical decisions if you ever become incapacitated.