Covenant Marriage License Requirements, AZ
Couples Getting Married
According to legislation (A.R.S. 25-901-906) which became effective Aug. 21, 1998, couples who are planning to apply for a Covenant Marriage License must provide a notarized statement from the clergy or marriage counselor who provided their premarital counseling.
The notarized attestation/statement should confirm that:
the parties were advised about the nature and purpose of a covenant marriage;
the parties were advised regarding the limited reasons for ending marriage by legal separation or divorce; and
the parties were given a copy of the pamphlet, Covenant Marriages in Arizona, published by Arizona Office of the Courts (AOC).
At the Marriage License Office, the engaged couple will be asked to sign a marriage license affidavit and the "Declaration of Intent to Enter Into a Covenant Marriage" which states they met statutory requirements.
Converting Existing marriages to Covenant Marriage:
Couples who are already married may convert their existing marriage to a covenant marriage. It does not matter where their license was issued. Solemnization (a wedding ceremony) is not required to accomplish the conversion to a covenant marriage.
The married couple will be required to sign a marriage license affidavit and a "Declaration of Intent to Enter Into a Covenant Marriage" form at the Marriage License Office. The fee to convert a traditional license to a covenant marriage is $26.50.
Covenant License Fee:
The cost for the Covenant License is $76.00, which is the same as the Traditional Marriage License.
The Arizona State Supreme Court has an electronic version of the booklet on their website. You may get a copy of the Covenant Marriage in Arizona booklet, here!
You may also contact a member of the clergy or a marriage counselor.