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Marriage License Fee: $45
205 South Street
Bennington, VT 05201
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / M – F
(except for Court Approved Holidays)
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Must be at least 16 years old
If the applicant is at least 16, but under 18, they will need the consent of a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian needs to go to the City/Town Clerk’s office to sign an affidavit giving the applicant permission to marry.
Must provide the following information for both applicants:
A certified copy of both your birth certificates
Parents’ (mother and father) places of birth
Mother’s maiden name
Certified copies of your birth certificates can supply most of this information.
State issued ID card
Permanent Resident Card
Foreign Gov’t issued Passport
There is no waiting period to get married in Vermont.
There is no residency requirement.
If neither party is a Vermont resident, you may get the license from any City/Town Clerk in the state.
If both parties are Vermont residents, you may go to the City/Town Clerk in either of your towns of residence.
If just one of you resides in a Vermont town, you must buy the license in that City/Town.
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If your husband, wife or civil union partner has died, you are free to marry. The clerk will ask the date your spouse or civil union partner died.
If you are divorced, you may remarry after the date on which your previous marriage or civil union was legally dissolved.
If you are partners in an existing civil union, you are free to marry one another.
Marriage License Fees:
The marriage license will cost $45 in Vermont.
You cannot be married by proxy in Vermont.
Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place.
Commom Law Marriages:
No. Common Law marriages aren’t allowed in Vermont.
Blood test in Vermont:
No blood test is required in Vermont.
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.
If you are at least 16, but under 18, you will need the consent of a parent or guardian. Your parent or guardian should go with you to the town clerk’s office to sign an affidavit giving you permission to marry. By Vermont law, no one under the age of 16 may marry in Vermont.
Officiants in Vermont:
A Supreme Court justice, a superior court judge, a district judge, a judge of probate, an assistant judge, a justice of the peace or an ordained or licensed member of the clergy residing in Vermont can perform your wedding ceremony.
Additionally, any person who is over the age of 18 may register with the Secretary of State to become a temporary officiant to a marriage. A person who has filled out the registration form and who has paid the registration fee of $100 will receive a certificate authorizing the person to solemnize a specific Vermont marriage.
Vermont does not require witnesses for a marriage.
License Validity Time:
Marriage licenses are valid for 60 days after issue in Vermont.
VT Dept. of Health
Vital Records Unit
108 Cherry Street,
PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
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 Vermont marriage license laws and records please visit www.healthvermont.gov.