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How to Apply for a Marriage License in Maryland

Marriage license requirements in the state of Maryland, here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a marriage license application. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

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Requirements vary from county to county, so please call the Maryland Marriage License Dept. at your issuing county probate courthouse or recording office for fees and hours of operation.

Marriage License in Maryland

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license.
You should know your Social Security numbers. You should
both also know the state and county in which you were born.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Maryland.

Application Requirement: Parties should contact the local Court in the County in which they are to be married to determine if both parties need to present upon making application for marriage.

• Marriage license be obtained from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the county where the marriage is to take place.  If, however, it is not convenient for you to visit the Clerk's Office in that county, you may apply using a Non-Resident Affidavit. Affidavits are available online at the Calvert, Kent, and Queen Anne's Circuit Court Clerks' web sites. Or obtain one from either your county or from the county in which you plan to marry.

If Divorced: If previously married, you will need to show proof of how the marriage ended, I.E.; a divorce judgment or a death certificate. These must be certified copies.

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Waiting Period: 2 days. The license is issued at the same time the application is taken; however, the license will reflect an effective date of forty-eight hours from the date of issue.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

$35 - $85. Cash Only!

Other Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: Applicants under the age of 15 may not marry.

• An applicant who is 15 years old may only marry with the consent of a parent or guardian and with a certificate from a licensed physician verifying that an examination of the woman to be married indicated that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child.

• Applicants 16 or 17 years old may only marry with the consent of a parent or guardian who confirms that individual?s age or with a certificate from a licensed physician verifying that an examination of the woman to be married indicated that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child.

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.

Same Sex Marriages:

Yes. As of January 1, 2013, same-sex marriage is legal in Maryland.

Common Law Marriages: No. However, the State does recognize common law marriages that are valid in other states.

Civil Marriages: Maryland no longer employs Justices of the Peace to perform civil ceremonies. Instead, Only a Clerk of the Circuit Court or an appointed, designated Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court may perform civil ceremonies. The hours, location and fees for a civil ceremony vary from county to county. Visit the circuit courts website to locate the Clerk of the Circuit Court in your county.

Officiants: Any minister of the gospel authorized by the rules and customs of their church may perform marriages. Minister must complete the marriage license and marriage certificate and give one certificate to the couple. Another certificate and the license must be returned to the clerk of the Court of Common Pleas within five days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 6 months.
The license can only be used within the State of Maryland.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Maryland Division of Vital Records
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0020

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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Maryland County Clerk's Office

Allegany Clerk
Cumberland, MD
301.777.5922


Anne Arundel Clerk
Annapolis, MD
410.222.1434


Baltimore City Circuit Court
Baltimore, MD
410.333.3790


Calvert County Court
Prince Frederick, MD
410.535.1660


Caroline County Clerk
Denton, MD
410.479.1811


Carroll County Clerk
Westminster, MD
410.386.2022


Cecil County Clerk
Elkton, MD
410.996.5318


Charles County Clerk
La Plata, MD
301.932.3236


Dorchester County Clerk
Cambridge, MD
410.228.0480


Frederick Circuit Court
Frederick, MD
301.694.1960


Garrett Circuit Clerk
Oakland, MD
301.334.1937


Harford County Clerk
Bel Air, MD
410.838.6000


Howard County Clerk
Ellicott City, MD
410.313.2111


Kent County Clerk
Chestertown, MD
410.778.7460


Montgomery County Clerk
Rockville, MD
301.217.6752


Prince Georges County Clerk
Upper Marlboro, MD
301.952.3655


Queen Annes County Clerk
Centreville, MD
301.758.1773


Somerset County Clerk
Princess Anne, MD
301.651.1555


St Marys Circuit Clerk
Leonard Town, MD
301.475.4568


Talbot Court Clerk
Easton, MD
410.822.2611


Washington Court Clerk
Hagerstown, MD
301.791.3085


Wicomico Court Clerk
Salisbury, MD
410.543.6551


Worcester Circuit Clerk
Snow Hill, MD
410.632.1221


Baltimore County
Towson, MD
410.887.2601

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