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How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Marriage license costs and requirements by state. Here's the breakdown of the marriage license application fee, where to apply and the application process.

Marriage licenses are issued by state, county, city or town clerk-recorder offices or by the Department of Health.

The cost of a marriage license varies based on county, city or municipality, residential status, and in some cases, completion of a pre-marital counseling or education course. A few states, have standard, statewide fees. Please visit your state listed below for the current cost of a marriage license.

Varying Marriage License Costs:

Costs for marriage licenses range from a low of $10 to as much as $115.

Plan Ahead:

Some states require a waiting period before the license is issued.


Some states require ID. Commonly accepted forms of ID are driversí licenses, birth certificates, social security cards and passports.  

Medical Records:

Some municipalities require blood tests or other medical records such as a physical exam. You may need to provide the results furnished by your doctor.


There is a fee for the marriage license. Check with the municipality first & be prepared - some places will only accept cash in the exact amount. 


Many places expect both bride and groom to be there when applying to sign the application, sometimes a witness may be required as well. 

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