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How Much a Marriage License Cost?

Minnesota 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 cost for a marriage license application in Minnesota is $40.00 for parties who have completed at least 12 hours of premarital education (see requirements below). The fee for the license is $115.00 if you have not met the premarital education requirements. 

  • Reduced Fee Requirements: In order to qualify for the reduced fee, the parties must submit a signed and dated statement from the person who provided the premarital education confirming that it was received. The premarital education must be provided by a licensed or ordained minister or the minister's designee, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under Minnesota Statutes, section 517.18, or a person authorized to practice marriage and family therapy under Minnesota Statutes, section 148B.33. The education must include the use of premarital inventory and the teaching of communication and conflict management skills.

    The statement from the person who provided the premarital education must have the the following wording on their business letterhead stationery, signed and notarized or under church seal or follow the format found in Minnesota Statutes, section 517.08 subd 1b:

    I, (name of educator), confirm that (full legal name of both parties) received at least 12 hours of premarital education that included the use of a premarital inventory and the teaching of communication and conflict management skills. I am a licensed or ordained minister, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under Minnesota Statutes, section 517.18, or a person authorized to practice marriage and family therapy under Minnesota Statutes, section 148B.33.

    The names of the parties in the educator's statement must be identical to the legal names of the parties as they appear in the marriage license application. This document must be clear and legible and on 8 1/2 X 11 paper.

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

    Many locales do accept credit cards now, but be sure to check with the Minnesota Marriage License Dept. at your issuing county recorder courthouse or vital statistics office to verify whether or not you need cash.

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    Marriage License in Minnesota

    Requirements
    The following is required to apply for a marriage license. 

    • Must be purchased before getting married 

    • A license purchased in Minnesota is only valid in Minnesota and can not be used in any other state. 

    • Must be used within six months or it expires. 

    • Effective August 1, 2009, (MN Statute 517.00) State of Minnesota requires both applicants to appear in person for the processing of the marriage license application. Although it is preferred to have the couple apply together, applicants may appear at different times on the same day. The 5 day waiting period begins after both signatures are secured and filed with Vital Records and Licensing.

    • No blood test or physical is required. 

    • In the State of Minnesota there is a five day waiting period (after you apply for your license) before you can come back to pick up your license. 

    • Applicants must be 18 years of age to obtain a license (without parental consent). 

      Be prepared to present valid identification. 

    • Each applicant must provide: full legal name, address, date and place of birth, telephone numbers and social security numbers (if they have one). U.S Social Security Administration 

    • Must provide after-marriage names and address. 

    • If previously married and now divorced, you must bring your divorce decree with you. 

      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.

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

    • Solemnization Authority: Marriages may be solemnized by any of the following:
      • The officials authorized to solemnize marriages include judges, clerks of court, and licensed ministers, priests or rabbis. In some counties there is a court commissioner who is authorized to officiate at marriage ceremonies. There are also special provisions for marriage between members of the Bahai, Hindu, Quaker and American Indian religious groups.

    Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

    Minnesota Department of Health
    Attention: Office of the State Registrar
    717 Delaware St SE
    P.O. Box 9441
    Minneapolis, MN 55440-9441
    Phone: (612) 676-5120
    Fax: (612) 331-5776

    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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    Minnesota County Clerk's Office

    Aitkin County
    Aitkin, MN
    218.927.7350
    Anoka County
    Anoka, MN
    612.422.7399
    Becker County
    Detroit Lakes,
    218.846.7304
    Beltrami County
    Bemidji, MN
    218.759.4170
    Blue Earth County
    Mankato, MN
    507.389.8222
    Brown County
    New Ulm, MN
    507.233.6653
    Carlton County
    Carlton, MN
    218.384.4281
    Carver County
    Chaska, MN
    612.361.1930
    Chippewa County
    Montevideo, MN
    320.269.9431
    Chisago County
    Senter City, MN
    651.257.0438
    Clay County
    Moorhead, MN
    218.299.5031
    Clearwater County
    Bagley, MN
    218.694.6129
    Cook County
    Grand Marais, MN
    218.387.3000
    Cottonwood County
    Windom, MN
    507.831.1458
    Crow Wing County
    Brainerd, MN
    218.828.3965
    Dakota County
    Hastings, MN
    651.438.4355
    Dodge County
    Mantorville, MN
    507.635.6250
    Douglas County
    Alexandria, MN
    320.762.3877
    Faribault County
    Blue Earth, MN
    507.526.6252
    Fillmore County
    Preston, MN
    507.765.4701
    Freeborn County
    Albert Lea, MN
    507.377.5130
    Goodhue County
    Redwing, MN
    651.385.3149
    Grant County
    Elbow Lake, MN
    218.685.4133
    Hennepin County
    Minneapolis, MN
    612.348.8240
    Houston County
    Caledonia, MN
    507.724.5813
    Hubbard County
    Park Rapids, MN
    218.732.3552
    Isanti County
    Cambridge, MN
    612.689.1191
    Itasca County
    Cambridge, MN
    763.689.1191
    Jackson County
    Jackson, MN
    507.847.2580
    Kanabec County
    Mora, MN
    320.679.6466
    Kandiyohi County
    Willmar, MN
    320.231.6223
    Kittson County
    Hallock, MN
    218.843.2842
    Koochiching County
    Falls, MN
    218.283.6290
    Lac Qui Parle County
    Madison, MN
    320.598.3724
    Lake County
    Two Harbors, MN
    218.834.8347
    Lake Of The Woods County
    Baudette, MN
    218.634.1902
    Le Suer County
    Le Center, MN
    507.357.2251
    Lincoln County
    Ivanhoe, MN
    507.694.1360
    Lyon County
    Marshall, MN
    507.537.6722
    Mahnomen County
    Mahnomen, MN
    218.935.2251
    Martin County
    Fairmont, MN
    507.238.3213
    Mc Leod County
    Glencoe, MN
    320.864.1327
    Meeker County
    Litchfield, MN
    320.693.5440
    Mille Lacs County
    Milaca, MN
    320.983.8308
    Morrison County
    Little Falls, MN
    320.632.0146
    Mower County
    Austin, MN
    507.437.9446
    Murray County
    Slayton, MN
    507.836.6148
    Nicollet County
    St Peter, MN
    507.931.6800
    Nobles County
    Worthington, MN
    507.372.8236
    Norman County
    Ada, MN
    218.784.4422
    Olmsted County
    Rochester, MN
    507.328.7629
    Otter Tail County
    Fergus Falls, MN
    218.739.2271
    Pennington County
    Thief River Fall, MN
    218.683.7027
    Pine County
    Pine City, MN
    612.629.6781
    Pipestone County
    Pipestone, MN
    507.825.6755
    Pope County
    Glenwood, MN
    320.634.5723
    Ramsey County
    St Paul, MN
    651.266.2050
    Redwood County
    Redwood Falls, MN
    507.637.8330
    Renville County
    Olivia, MN
    320.523.3669
    Rice County
    Faribault, MN
    507.332.6114
    Rock County
    Luverne, MN
    507.283.5014
    Roseaw County
    Roseau, MN
    218.463.2061
    Scott County
    Shakopee, MN
    612.496.8143
    Sherburn County
    Elk River, MN
    612.241.2915
    Sibley County
    Gaylord, MN
    507.237.4079
    St Louis County
    Duluth, MN
    218.726.2677
    Stearns County
    St Cloud, MN
    320.656.3855
    Steele County
    Owatonna, MN
    507.444.7700
    Stevens County
    Morris, MN
    320.589.7414
    Swift County
    Benson, MN
    320.843.3377
    Todd County
    Long Prairie, MN
    320.732.4428
    Traverse County
    Wheaton, MN
    320.563.4622
    Wabasha County
    Wabasha, MN
    651.565.3623
    Wadena County
    Wadena, MN
    218.631.7622
    Waseca County
    Waseca, MN
    507.835.0670
    Washington County
    Stillwater, MN
    651.430.6755
    Watonwan County
    St James, MN
    507.375.3341
    Wilkin County
    Breckenridge, MN
    218.643.4012
    Winona County
    Winona, MN
    507.457.6340
    Wright County
    Buffalo, MN
    612.682.7357
    Yellow Medicine County
    Granite Falls, MN
    320.564.2529

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