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State of Nebraska
Application Process

  • Nebraska marriage license fee is $15 and is required at the time of application.

  • To obtain a marriage license, both applicants must appear together in person at your local County Clerk’s office.

  • Both applicants must be present for the application.

  • Picture ID and Proof of age is required.

  • Both Parties must be at least 17 years of age to be married in the state of Nebraska

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

  • Nebraska has no blood or residency requirements.

Be sure to contact your local county clerk’s office well in advance of the wedding to find out on what days and during what hours the clerk will be in the office.

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The following information is required for the marriage application:

  • Both Applicants must present their own completed copy of the marriage license worksheet.

  • Birthplaces of both applicants

  • Full names and birthplaces of parents

  • Social Security numbers for both applicants. (Must bring the original cards with them) If no Social Security # you will need to sign an affidavit stating so.

  • Both applicants must provide a Certified Birth Certificate. If the Birth Certificate is a foreign Birth Certificate it needs to be translated and notarized. ( We will need both the original and the translated copy.)

  • If either applicant has been married previously, the date the previous marriage ended will be requested (court date or date of death).

  • Applicants may apply for their marriage license in any county in Nebraska and use it to be married in any county in Nebraska.

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

ID Requirement in Nebraska:

Both applicants must present a current government-issued photo ID. All documents will be in English or translated by a certified court translator.

  • Valid driver’s license from any U.S. state

  • Nebraska ID card

  • U.S. Passport

  • U.S. Military card

  • Foreign passport

  • Consulate Card

Residency Requirement:

No. You do not have to be a resident of Nebraska.

Waiting Period in Nebraska:

There is no waiting period in Nebraska.

Previous Marriages:

If there were any previous marriages clerk will need to know how they ended (divorce, annulment or death) and the date the divorce was final or the date of death.

Marriage License Fee Nebraska:

The marriage license fee is $15 to get married in Nebraska. Preferred method of payment is cash. For guidance on additional methods of payment, please call ahead.

Blood test in Nebraska:

No blood test requirement.

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 19:

  • If either applicant is not of legal age (19),a notarized consent form must be signed by the applicant’s father, mother, legal guardian or custodian, giving consent to the marriage of the minor. If the individual giving consent is a legal guardian or custodian, appropriate paperwork must be presented showing this relationship to the minor.

  • Anyone under the age of 17 cannot marry in Nebraska.

Proxy Marriages:


Cousin Marriages:


Common Law Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:

No. The state of Nebraska does not recognize same-sex marriages.

Solemnize Marriages in Nebraska:

  • Any ordained minister, priest, rabbi or other ordained clergy may perform a marriage ceremony.

  • All judges, retired judges and clerk magistrates also may perform marriage ceremonies.

  • The person who is performing the ceremony does not have to reside in Nebraska, nor register with Nebraska.


Two witnesses are required to be present at your marriage ceremony.

License Validity Time:

Marriage license are valid for 1 year from the date of issuance.


All marriage licenses obtained in Nebraska are public record.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

You will need to provide the following information:

Name of the groom and/or bride, Date of Marriage.

1913 through June 1976, contact:

Nebraska Health & Human Services System – Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 95065
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Ph: 402.471.2871
Email: doh7151@vmhost.cdp.state.ne.us

Prior to 1913, contact:

Nebraska State Historical Society
PO Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501-2554
Ph: 402.471.3270

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 Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services website.