Though the steps and requirements needed to get a marriage license might feel overwhelming, it’s actually fairly simple. Here’s an overview of what you need to know, but keep in mind that, depending on which county you get married in, there might be some different requirements, so check with the county clerk beforehand.
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Who May Apply?
Unmarried people who are no more closely related than first cousins and are at least 18 years old. In special circumstances, minors 14 years and above can be granted a marriage license. Check with your county for requirements. Applicants who are divorced must provide a certified copy of the decree.
What to Provide?
A valid photo identification card and each applicant will need to know their social security number. It’s best if both parties are present when applying at the Register of Deeds office. Some counties are doing virtual appointments, and some may require additional paperwork or proof of social security number. Check with your county for specific requirements.
$60-$70; check with your county, as some charge different fees.
Waiting Period/Expiration of License
There is no waiting period. The license is valid for 60 days.
Who Can Officiate the Ceremony?
A magistrate, minister or person who is ordained or authorized by a church, as well as someone within any federally or state-recognized Native American tribes who is authorized to perform marriage ceremonies. Judges cannot officiate weddings.