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Montana State, MT

Declaration of Marriage

  • Montana marriage license fee is $53 and is required at the time of application.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to get married in Montana.

  • Each spouse must be present for the application

  • Picture ID and Proof of age is required.

  • Females (if under the age of 50) are required to submit to a Reubella Blood Test.

  • There is no waiting period in Montana to get married.

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  • Each spouse must be 16 yrs of age or older (Montana Law does not allow marriages under age 16)

  • Each spouse must be present to make application.

  • Each spouse must provide a Driver’s License, State ID or Current Picture ID.

  • To complete the application, Each spouse must know the full name of their parents (mother’s maiden name) and place of birth.

It is important that you verify all information with your local county clerk of district court office before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.

ID Requirement in Montana:

Picture ID and Proof of age:

  • Social security number for Each spouse

  • Valid Driver’s License

  • State issued ID

  • Military ID

  • Passport

  • Birth Certificate

If birth certificate not provided, we will need Each spouse:

  • Birthplace (city, county, state or foreign country)

  • Parents’ full names, including mother’s maiden

  • Parents’ birth state.

To complete the application.

Residency Requirement:

No. Montana does not have a residency requirement for marriage licenses.

Waiting Period in Montana:

The license is effective immediately upon issuance and expires after 180 days.

Previous Marriages:

If either party was previously married and divorced, they must provide a copy of their most recent Divorce Decree.

Marriage License Fee Montana:

The fee for a marriage license is $53 in Montana. Preferred method of payment is cash. For guidance on additional methods of payment, please call ahead.

Blood test in Montana:

If the bride is under the age of 50, there is a Consent/Waiver to sign if you choose not to have the Rubella Blood Test or the bride may bring the Rubella Certificate if she wishes to have the blood test.

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:

  • Parental Consent – Parent of legal guardian must sign Marriage Application.

  • Counseling – Proof of two counseling sessions, ten days apart, with a court approved counselor.

  • Judicial Approval – A District court judge must approve and sign Marriage Application. A judge may require a conference with applicants and guardians(s).

Proxy Marriages:

Yes. Any marriage by proxy may be found under Sections 40-1-301(2) and 40-1-213(3).

Cousin Marriages:


Common Law Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:


Solemnize Marriages:

Persons who may now solemnize a marriage include a judge of a court of record, a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, by a mayor, city judge or justice of the peace, by a tribal judge, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination, Indian nation or tribe, or native group (40-1-301).

License Validity Time:

Marriage licenses are valid for 180 days from the date of issuance.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Department of Health and Human Services
Vital Statistics Bureau
111 N. Sanders, Room 205
Helena, MT 59620
Ph: 406.444.4228

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 Department of Public Health and Human Services website.