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Washington, DC

Washington DC
Marriage License

  • The marriage license fee in Washington, DC is $45 in cash ($35 for application and $10 for the Certificate of marriage. ) credit card or money order (payable to DC Superior Court). The $35 application fee will be waived if the applicants’ original DC Domestic Partnership Certificate and is presented at the time of application).

  • In the District of Columbia the Marriage Bureau issues marriage licenses.

  • The minimum age for marriage in the District of Columbia is 18 years or 16 years with the consent of a parent or guardian.

  • Identification and proof of age of both applicants is required.

  • No blood test.

  • Marriage license is issued the same day you apply

  • If all required information is given; signed and completed application, officiant name, and payment


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Application:

The marriage license application must include:

  • Your social security numbers

  • Your address

  • Each applicants date of birth

  • Previous marriage information

    • Includes: the city, state, country of each marriage and the ending status of each, such as, by divorce or death.

  • Each applicants home and work telephone numbers are requested on application

  • The name of the person who is solemnizing the marriage (unless the applicants are requesting a civil service to be performed by a Superior Court official).

  • Marriage licenses are not issued by mail.

  • Once issued, a marriage license does not expire.

  • The Marriage license can be issued the same day you apply, if all required information is given; signed and completed application, officiant name, and payment.



ID Requirement in DC:

  • Driver’s License

  • Passport

  • State I.D.

  • Military I.D.

  • Birth Certificate



Waiting Period in DC:

There is no waiting period.



Residency Requirement:

No. The District of Columbia does not have a residency requirement.



Previous Marriages:

Previous marriage information (city, state, and country of each marriage and the ending status of each such as by divorce or death)



Marriage License Fees in DC:

The marriage license fee in Washington, DC is $45 in cash ($35 for application and $10 for the Certificate of marriage. ) credit card or money order (payable to DC Superior Court). The $35 application fee will be waived if the applicants’ original DC Domestic Partnership Certificate and is presented at the time of application).




Proxy Marriages:

Yes. A third party may apply on a couple’s behalf, but must bring the couples’ identification and the fee. Marriage licenses are not issued by mail.



Cousin Marriages:

No.



Common Law Marriages:

No.



Blood test in DC:

Blood test is no longer a requirement to obtain a marriage license in the District of Columbia.



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:

You will need signed parental consent forms provided by the Clerk of the Peace office.



Officiants in DC:

  • Any ordained minister, and clerks of the peace.

  • .Religious celebrants and judges other than those of the D.C. Courts must be authorized by the Court and registered by the Marriage Bureau in order to perform legal marriages in the District of Columbia.



Witnesses:

No witnesses are required for civil ceremonies. No signature other than that of the officiant is required on the certificate.



License Validity Time:

District of Columbia marriage license does not expire.



Copy of Certificate of Marriage:


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 District of Columbia marriage license records please visit www.doh.dc.gov.