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Covenant Requirements

Arizona
Couples Getting Married


According to legislation (A.R.S. 25-901-906) which became effective Aug. 21, 1998, couples who are planning to apply for a Covenant Marriage License must provide a notarized statement from the clergy or marriage counselor who provided their premarital counseling.

The notarized attestation/statement should confirm that:

  • the parties were advised about the nature and purpose of a covenant marriage;

  • the parties were advised regarding the limited reasons for ending marriage by legal separation or divorce; and

  • the parties were given a copy of the pamphlet, Covenant Marriages in Arizona, published by Arizona Office of the Courts (AOC).


At the Marriage License Office, the engaged couple will be asked to sign a marriage license affidavit and the "Declaration of Intent to Enter Into a Covenant Marriage" which states they met statutory requirements.


Converting Existing marriages to Covenant Marriage:


Couples who are already married may convert their existing marriage to a covenant marriage. It does not matter where their license was issued. Solemnization (a wedding ceremony) is not required to accomplish the conversion to a covenant marriage.


The married couple will be required to sign a marriage license affidavit and a "Declaration of Intent to Enter Into a Covenant Marriage" form at the Marriage License Office. The fee to convert a traditional license to a covenant marriage is $26.50.


Covenant License Fee:


The cost for the Covenant License is $76.00, which is the same as the Traditional Marriage License.


The Arizona State Supreme Court has an electronic version of the booklet on their website. You may get a copy of the Covenant Marriage in Arizona booklet, here!


You may also contact a member of the clergy or a marriage counselor.