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How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Maryland 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 license application fee.

The fee for marriage license application in Maryland varies from city to county. It will cost you between $35 - $85.00 to get married in Maryland. Bring cash or credit cards. The charge varies from city to county for a marriage license. Please call ahead to verify what the current charges are for a marriage license application.

The fee paid should cover application processing and at least one copy of the marriage license.

If you have completed a state recognized pre-marital preparation course, you may receive a discount on the license fee.

Marriage licenses are handled by the clerk of the circuit court in the county where you intend to be married. The links below will take you directly to the marriage license information for the circuit court of your choice.

Annapolis 
Baltimore City 
Bel Air 
Cambridge 
Centreville 
Chestertown 
Cumberland 
Denton 
Easton 
Elkton 
Ellicott City 
Frederick 
Hagerstown 
La Plata 
Leonard Town 
Oakland 
Prince Frederick 
Princess Anne 
Rockville 
Salisbury 
Snow Hill 
Towson 
Upper Marlboro 
Westminster 

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Marriage License in Maryland

ID Requirement in Maryland:

If you are between 18 - 21, you must provide identification in the form of a drivers license or birth certificate. Only one applicant needs to be present. We recommend bringing identification with you even if you are over 21.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Maryland. However, you must be married in the county where you purchased your license.

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.

Previous Marriages:

Maryland requires that you show your divorce decree, or have information regarding date, county and state of death of your previous spouse.

Covenant Marriage Option: No.

Waiting Period in Maryland:

There is a waiting period of 48 hours in Maryland to get married.

If you have completed a state recognized pre-marital preparation course, you may receive a discount on the license fee.

Other Tests:

No blood test required.

Proxy Marriages:

No.

Cousin Marriages:

Yes.

Common Law Marriages:

No.

Same Sex Marriages:

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

Under 18:

Parental consent is needed if under 18 years of age. If you are between 16-18 years of age, one of your parents or guardian must be with you and provide written consent.

If you are under 16 years of age, you will need both the written consent of your custodial parent or guardian and the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

If you are under 18, pregnant or have a child, and show a certificate from a licensed physician stating you are pregnant or have had a child, the parental consent requirement may be waived.

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.

Officiants:

Official of a religious order or a deputy clerk or a judge.

Miscellaneous:

License is valid for 6 months.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

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

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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