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Connecticut State, CT

State of Connecticut
Application Process

In the State of Connecticut, marriage licenses are issued by the Municipal Clerk’s office in the town where the marriage will be performed.

  • Connecticut marriage license fee is $30.

  • The legal age for marriage in Connecticut is 18.

  • Both applicants must personally appear.

  • Valid form of identification (driver’s license, resident ID, passport or birth certificate)

  • A blood test is no longer required for a marriage license in Connecticut.

  • Marriage license is valid for 65 days.


Couples are advise to apply for their license about two weeks before the ceremony.


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Application:

  • Couples are advise to apply for their license about two weeks before the ceremony.

  • Both applicants must personally appear.

  • Either applicant may start the application process; however, the other party must appear before the wedding to sign the application.

  • Valid form of identification (driver’s license, resident ID, passport or birth certificate)

  • Social Security cards

  • Name, address and phone number of the person performing the Ceremony

  • Address where the ceremony will take place

  • Date of marriage

  • $30 marriage license fee.

  • Marriage license is valid for 65 days from the date of application.



ID Requirement in Connecticut:

  • Birth Certificate

  • Valid Driver’s License

  • Passport

  • Valid state identification card

  • Military identification

  • Alien Registration Card (Green card)



Waiting Period in Connecticut:

There is no waiting period between applying for and receiving your license.



Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Connecticut, but you do need to apply in either the town where one applicant lives, or in the town where you plan on getting married.



Previous Marriages:

You will need to show your divorce decree, or have information regarding date, county and state of death of previous spouse. If your name has changed, you need to bring a certified copy of your divorce decree.



Marriage License Fees:

Connecticut marriage license fee is $30.




Proxy Marriages:

No. Proxy marriages are not allowed in Connecticut.



Cousin Marriages:

Yes.



Common Law Marriages:

No.



Blood test in Connecticut:

No blood test or physical exam is required.



Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.



Under 18:

  • If you are under age 18, you need to obtain written consent from a parent, guardian, or in the absence of such parent or guardian, a probate court judge.

  • If under age 16, you need to obtain written consent from a probate court judge.

  • If a person who wishes to marry has a conservator, the conservator must appear in person with a government issued picture identification, proof of conservatorship, and a written statement of consent.



Ceremony:

Before the ceremony is performed, the license should be given to officiating person
(Minister or Justice of Peace). They must sign and date the license in black ink after the ceremony is performed and return the license to the Municipal Clerk’s Office in the town where the ceremony takes place.



Officiants in Connecticut:

  • All Connecticut judges and retired judges;

  • All federal judges and judges from any state who are authorized to marry;

  • All Connecticut justices of the peace, family support magistrates and state referees; and

  • Ordained clergy from any state provided they are currently in the ministry.



Witnesses:

Connecticut does not require that there be any witnesses (although religious entities may require witnesses).



License Validity Time:

  • Marriage license is valid for 65 days from the date of application.

  • Your wedding date must not be more then 65 days after you apply for the license.



Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Copies of Connecticut marriage records (for marriage licenses that were issued in Connecticut). You may order copies of Connecticut vital records through everify on an expedited basis.


Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more information regarding Connecticut marriage license laws please visit www.ct.gov.