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Marriage License Requirements

Getting a Marriage License and getting Legally Married in the Unite States:

  1. Both applicants must bring identification, necessary paperwork, fees, and sometimes blood test results to the county clerk.

  2. The marriage license is either mailed or picked up by the couple.

  3. There is sometimes a waiting period, depending on your state.

  4. You are married by someone legally allowed to do so in your state.

  5. That person, usually two witnesses, and sometimes the newlyweds sign the marriage license.

  6. The marriage license is returned to the county clerk’s office.

  7. About a week later, copies of the certified marriage certificate can be purchased from the clerk’s office.


It’s really not that complicated a process, but it seems so since the laws vary so greatly from state to state. Here is an overview of what popular wedding destinations require.

New York Marriage Licenses

Where to apply

A town or city clerk

Fees?

$35 within the five (5) boroughs of New York City.
$40 outside of New York City.

Documents Needed:

Documents showing both identification – such as a driver’s license or passport – and age – such as a birth certificate or naturalization record.

Marriage License valid for:

60 days

Waiting period or residency necessary:

24 hours waiting period; Non-residents cannot obtain a marriage license if said marriage would be void in their state.

New Jersey Marriage Licenses

Where to apply

Municipal Clerks’ & Registrars

Fees?

$28 and is required at the time of application.

Documents Needed:

  • If you are 18 or older, a current driver’s license, passport or state/federal I.D.

  • If you are under 18, you need parental consent papers signed by both parents, and present a certified birth certificate.

  • If you are under the age of 16, parental papers and a form signed by a judge are required. These forms are available at the Registrar’s Office.

Marriage License valid for:

(30) days from date of issuance.

Waiting period or residency necessary:

72-hour waiting period; Non-residents marriage license application must be submitted in the New Jersey municipality in which either party resides.

Las Vegas Marriage Licenses

Where to apply

The County Clerk’s Office

Fees?

$55 cash

Documents Needed:

Identification such as a driver’s license or ID card, proof of age, Social Security Number

Marriage License valid for:

Indefinitely

Waiting period or residency necessary:

None

Florida Marriage Licenses

Where to apply

The local County Clerk of Courts

Fees?

$93.50

Documents Needed:

driver’s license and document showing Social Security number

Marriage License valid for:

60 days

Waiting period or residency necessary:

Three-day waiting period between application and the effective date of a marriage license.

California Marriage Licenses

Where to apply

The County Clerk’s Office

Fees?

yes, vary by county

Documents Needed

: Valid picture identification such as a driver’s license. Some counties also require a birth certificate.

Marriage License valid for:

90 days

Waiting period or residency necessary:

no

If you are having a destination wedding, or getting married in a state other than where you live, you’ll also want to find out about

residency requirements

(how long you must be in the county before you can apply).