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Marriage License Waiting Periods – USA

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Waiting Period after Applying to Get Married

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Some states require a waiting period after applying for a marriage license but before receiving the license. At this juncture you don’t want to cut yourself short on time.

Here is a list of marriage license waiting periods, and the states that have them. Please check with your county clerk’s office before you rely on these rules.

Marriage Waiting Period after Application:

Marriage Waiting Period after Receiving Marriage License:

Expiration Date of Marriage License:

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You may request a copy of your marriage certificate in person, online or by mail.


Please Note: State and county marriage license Law 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 where you will be married for the most up-to-date information.

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