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Marriage license Laws in Grant County, WA. Here is what you need to bring with you, and the requirements to apply for a marriage license in Ephrata, Washington.

Grant County Auditor's Office

35 C Street NW
Ephrata, WA 98823
(509) 754-2011
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays.

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Marriage License Laws Ephrata, WA

Applying for a Marriage License:

Both applicants must be present to apply for a marriage license.

Same-Sex Marriage:

Yes. The 2012 legislative session passed a bill that allows all couples to marry, regardless of gender.

Requirements:

Waiting Period:

There is a three (3) day waiting period beginning the first day after you apply for your license and ending the third day following the date of application. You may not get married during this waiting period. The License is valid for 60 days beginning on the 3rd day after application.

Witnesses:

Witnesses are not necessary to apply for a license, but state law requires that at least two witnesses be present at the ceremony. Witnesses should be at least 12 years of age.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

There is a $55 fee, payable at the time of application, payable in cash or check.

Marriage license is void and non-refundable if marriage does not take place within 60 days of issue.

Performing the Ceremony:

State law prescribes who can perform a marriage ceremony: active and retired Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals judges, Superior Court judges, Superior Court commissioners, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction, as well as any regularly licensed or ordained minister or priest of any church or religious denomination. See RCW 26.04.050 for a complete list.

Ministers from any state may perform marriage ceremonies, but the ceremony must be performed in the State of Washington. Neither the bride nor the groom may perform the ceremony.

Marriages are Public Record:

All marriage records are a matter of public record. The one exception to this is for those enrolled in the State's Address Confidentiality program. Once a license has been recorded, it cannot be "unrecorded.

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.

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Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Washington Dept. of Health
Center for Health Statistics
P.O. Box 9709
Olympia, WA
(360) 236-4300 Info

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.

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

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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