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Marriage Laws U.S. Iowa Fees IA Wedding Officiants

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Iowa law requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order to have a legally binding wedding ceremony. Some states require a medical examination or blood tests in order to obtain a license. All require proof of identification and a marriage license application fee.

The fee is due upon application for the License to Marry. The marriage license application cost in Iowa is $35. The fee is not refundable if the marriage does not occur.

The fee paid covers application processing and a certified copy of the Certificate of Marriage.

Most County Registrar office's accept cash, checks, and money orders but some only accept cash. Please call ahead to verify whether or not you need cash.

Adel 
Albia 
Algona 
Allison 
Anamosa  
Atlantic 
Audubon 
Boone 
Burlington 
Carroll 
Cedar Rapids 
Centerville 
Chariton 
Charles City 
Clarinda 
Clarion 
Clinton 
Corning 
Council Bluffs 
Creston 
Dakota City 
Davenport 
Dubuque 
Decorah 
Dennison 
Des Moines 
Eldora 
Elkader 
Emmetsburg 
Esterville 
Fairfield 
Forest City 
Fort Dodge 
Garner 
Glenwood 
Greenfield  
Grundy Center 
Guthrie Center 
Hampton 
Harlan 
Ida Grove 
Independence 
Indianola 
Iowa City 
Jefferson 
Keokuk 
Knoxville 
Le Mars 
Leon 
Logan 
Madison 
Manchester 
Maquoketa 
Marengo 
Marshalltown 
Mason City 
Montezuma 
Mount Pleasant 
Muscatine 
Nevada 
New Hampton 
Newton 
Northwood 
Onawa 
Orange City 
Osage 
Oskaloosa  
Ottumwa 
Primghar 
Red Oak 
Rock Rapids 
Rockwell City 
Sac City 
Sibley 
Sidney 
Sioux City 
Spencer 
Spirit Lake 
Storm Lake 
Tipton 
Toledo 
Vinton 
Wapello 
Washington 
Waterloo 
Waukon 
Waverly 
Webster City 
West Union 
Winterset 

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Marriage License in Iowa

Iowa Residency and ID Requirements:

You do not have to be a resident of Iowa. Picture identification is required. You also need to provide Social Security information.

Previous Marriages:

If either of you were previously married, you will need to show the date of divorce or date of spouse's death.

Same Sex Marriage in Iowa:

Yes, same sex marriages are legal in Iowa. The law became effective April 27, 2009.

Iowa Waiting Period:

Iowa has a three (3) business day waiting period.

Other Tests in Iowa:

No other tests are required in Iowa for a marriage license.

Proxy Marriage in Iowa:

No. However, if one of you can't be present at the Recorder's Office to apply for the license, the absent party can sign the Iowa marriage license application before a Notary Public.

Cousin Marriage in Iowa:

No.

Common-Law Marriage in Iowa:

Yes.

Under Iowa Code for Revenue and Finance1, common law marriage in Iowa is legal for the purposes of filing income taxes (Administrative Rule, Chapter 39 [701]) and property tax exemptions (Administrative Rule, Chapter 73 [701]).

Iowans may claim Common Law Marriage status if:

For marriage certificate purposes: 1 Adm. Rule 70173.25 (425) Common Law Marriage

Under 18 in Iowa:

Applicants 16 or 17 years of age need to have parental consent.

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.

Wedding Officiants in Iowa:

Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.

Witnesses:

You need to have one witness (over 18 years of age) with you when you apply for the license.

Term of Validity For Marriage License:

An Iowa marriage license is valid for 6 months.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Iowa Department of Public Health
321 E. 12th, 4th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-4944

Miscellaneous:
Marriage License Application 
Marriage Information 
Performing Marriages in Iowa 
Consent to Marry a Minor Application 

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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.

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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Iowa County Recorder's Office

Adair County Recorder
Greenfield, IA
515.743.2411
Adams County Recorder
Corning, IA
515.322.3744
Allamakee County Recorder
Waukon, IA
319.568.2364
Appanoose County Recorder
Centerville, IA
515.856.6103
Audubon County Recorder
Audubon, IA
712.563.2119
Benton County Clerk
Vinton, IA
319.472.3309
Black Hawk County Recorder
Waterloo, IA
319.291.2472
Boone County Recorder
Boone, IA
515.433.0514
Bremer County Recorder
Waverly, IA
319.352.0401
Buchanan County Recorder
Independence, IA
319.334.4259
Buena Vista County Rcdr.
Storm Lake, IA
712.749.2539
Butler County Recorder
Allison, IA
319.267.2735
Calhoun County Recorder
Rockwell City, IA
712.297.8121
Carroll County Recorder
Carroll, IA
712.792.3328
Cass County Recorder
Atlantic, IA
712.243.1692
Cedar County Recorder
Tipton, IA
319.886.2230
Cerro Gordo County Recorder
Mason City, IA
515.421.3056
Chickasaw County Recorder
New Hampton, IA
515.394.2336
Clay County Recorder
Spencer, IA
712.262.1081
Clayton County Recorder
Elkader, IA
319.245.2710
Clinton County Recorder
Clinton, IA
319.244.0223
Crawford County Recorder
Dennison, IA
712.263.3643
Dallas County Recorder
Adel, IA
515.993.5804
Delaware County Recorder
Manchester, IA
319.927.4665
Des Moines County Rcdr.
Burlington, IA
319.753.8221
Dickenson County Recorder
Spirit Lake, IA
712.336.1495
Dubuque County Recorder
Debuque, IA
319.589.4434
Emmet County Recorder
Esterville, IA
712.362.4115
Fayette County Recorder
West Union, IA
319.422.3687
Floyd County Recorder
Charles City, IA
515.257.6154
Franklin County Recorder
Hampton, IA
515.456.5675
Fremont County Recorder
Sidney, IA
712.374.2315
Greene County Recorder
Jefferson, IA
515.386.3716
Grundy County Recorder
Grundy Center, IA
319.824.3234
Guthrie County Recorder
Guthrie Center, IA
515.747.3412
Hamilton County Recorder
Webster City, IA
515.832.9535
Hancock County Recorder
Garner, IA
515.923.2464
Hardin County Recorder
Eldora, IA
515.939.8178
Harrison County Recorder
Logan, IA
712.644.2545
Henry County Recorder
Mt. Pleasant, IA
319.385.0765
Humboldt County Recorder
Dakota City, IA
515.332.3693
Ida County Recorder
Ida Grove, IA
712.364.2220
Iowa County Recorder
Marengo, IA
319.642.3622
Jackson County Recorder
Maquoketa, IA
319.652.2504
Jasper County Recorder
Newton, IA
515.792.5442
Jefferson County Recorder
Fairfield, IA
515.472.4331
Kossuth County Recorder
Algona, IA
515.295.5660
Lee County Recorder
Fort Madison, IA
319.372.4662
Lee County Recorder
Keokuk, IA
319.524.1126
Linn County Recorder
Cedar Rapids, IA
319.398.3441
Louisa County Recorder
Wapello, IA
319.523.5361
Lucas County Recorder
Chariton, IA
515.774.2413
Lyon County Recorder
Rock Rapids, IA
712.472.2381
Madison County Recorder
Winterset, IA
515.462.3771
Mahaska County Recorder
Oskaloosa, IA
515.673.8187
Marion County Recorder
Knoxville, IA
515.828.2211
Marshall County Recorder
Marshalltown, IA
515.754.6355
Mills County Recorder
Glenwood, IA
712.527.9315
Mitchell County Recorder
Osage, IA
515.732.5861
Monona County Recorder
Onawa, IA
712.423.2575
Monroe County Recorder
Albia, IA
515.932.5164
Montgomery County Recorder
Red Oak, IA
712.623.4363
Muscatine County Recorder
Muscatine, IA
319.263.7741
Obrien County Recorder
Primghar, IA
712.757.3045
Osceola County Recorder
Sibley, IA
712.754.3345
Page County Recorder
Clarinda, IA
712.542.3130
Palo Alto County Recorder
Emmetsburg, IA
712.852.3701
Plymouth County Recorder
Le Mars, IA
712.546.4020
Polk County Recorder
Des Moines, IA
515.286.3160
Pottawattamie County Rcdr.
Council Bluffs, IA
712.328.5612
Poweshiek County Recorder
Montezuma, IA
515.623.5434
Sac County Recorder
Sac City, IA
712.662.7789
Scott County Recorder
Davenport, IA
563.326.8621
Shelby County Recorder
Harlan, IA
712.755.5640
Sioux County Recorder
Orange City, IA
712.737.2229
Story County Recorder
Nevada, IA
515.382.7230
Tama County Recorder
Toledo, IA
515.484.3320
Wapello County Recorder
Ottumwa, IA
515.683.0045
Warren County Recorder
Indianola, IA
515.961.1089
Washington County Recorder
Washington, IA
319.653.7727
Webster County Recorder
Fort Dodge, IA
515.576.2401
Winnebago County Recorder
Forest City, IA
515.582.2094
Winnesheik County Recorder
Decorah, IA
319.382.3486
Woodbury County Recorder
Sioux City, IA
712.279.6528
Worth County Recorder
Northwood, IA
515.324.2734
Wright County Recorder
Clarion, IA
515.532.3204

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