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Marriage License Fees:
$115.00 – wo/ Premarital Course Certificate
$40.00 – w/ Premarital Course Certificate
Freeborn County Recorder
411 South Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / M – F
(except for Court Approved Holidays)
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Both applicants should apply in person. However, if one of the parties cannot appear in person, a supplemental will be given to the party appearing before us to be completed by the non-appearing marriage applicant.
You must know the following information for both parties:
Full Names – before and after marriage
Addresses – before and after marriage
Counties where each person lives
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Provide social security numbers for each party. There is an additional form to complete for those individuals who do not have a social security number and can be obtained at the office.
If 1 or both applicants has a felony conviction, please read Minnesota statute MS 259.13 for requirements.
The marriage license fee is $40.00 with Premarital Education completed. $115.00 without Premarital Education.
Fee must be paid at the time you apply for the license.
Both parties applying for the marriage license must be present to complete the application.
There is no waiting period in Minnesota.
Be sure to contact your local Freeborn County Recorder’s Office well in advance of the wedding to find out on what days and during what hours the County Recorder will be in the office. Some locales may require an appointment.
ID Requirement in Minnesota:
Identification such as a valid driver’s license or state I.D.
You do not have to be a resident of Minnesota.
Waiting Period in Minnesota:
There is no waiting period in Minnesota.
If either or both applicants has/have been married previously, information regarding the termination of the most recent marriage is required, i.e., date, location, and if the previous marriage ended in divorce, the name of the court (i.e. 6th Judicial) where the marriage was terminated.
Marriage License Fee Minnesota:
The fee for a marriage license is $115.00, or $40.00 if you have completed 12 hours of premarital education.
To qualify for the reduced fee, you must present at the time of application an acceptable Statement of Premarital Education Form on the educator’s letter head (sample). It must be signed, dated, and notarized.
Blood test in Minnesota:
No. Minnesota does not require blood tests.
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.
Couples who are 16 and 17 years old need parental consent or court approval, please read Minnesota statute MS 259.13 for requirements.
No. However, if only one of you can be in person to apply for the marriage license you can fill out a Supplemental to Application for Marriage License for Party Not Appearing as long as all the required information for the absent partner is provided. Call your local Freeborn County Recorder’s Office to see how to get your partner’s signature notarized. Requirements do vary from county to county.
Common Law Marriages:
Same Sex Marriages:
Yes, as of August 1, 2013.
It is important that you verify all information with your local Freeborn County Recorder’s Office before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.
License Validity Time:
Your marriage license is valid for 6 months, and may be used anywhere in Minnesota.
The official who performs the marriage ceremony should file the marriage license within 5 days of the ceremony (MS 517.10)
A marriage must be witnessed by 2 adults (16 or older)
Michigan Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
434 Monroe St.
Montgomery, Michigan 36130-3017
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. Additional information can be found on the Freeborn County Recorder website.