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Kent County
Marriage License Requirements

Marriage License Fees:
$50.00 – Residents
$100.00 – Non-residents

Marriage Bureau
555 S. Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901
Ph: 302.744.2346
Fx: 302.760.4763
8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. / M -F

(except for Court Approved Holidays)

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Marriage Application Requirement Delaware:

To complete the application for a marriage license, a couple must:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a marriage license.

  • Both applicants must appear together with I.D.

  • Applicants may not be related to each other.

  • If applicants have previously been married, an original or certified copy of the divorce decree, legal annulment, dissolution, or death certificate is required.

  • If a female applicant is divorced and legally reclaimed her maiden name, we require the original, true copy or a certified copy of the name change court papers.

  • If either applicant requires an interpreter, they must provide their own. The interpreter must be at least eighteen years of age.

  • If either applicant is on probation or parole, they must have written permission to marry from their probation or parole officer.

  • Applicants must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Filing fee of $50 for residents and $100 non-residents.


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  • A valid state I.D.

  • A valid federal Driver’s License

  • Passport

  • U.S. Visa I.D. card

  • Military I.D.

  • Government consulate I.D.


Marriage Waiting Period Delaware:

Persons intending to be married within this state shall obtain a marriage license at least 24 hours prior to the time of the ceremony. This applies to residents as well as non-residents.


Marriage Residency Requirement Delaware:

You do not have to be a resident of Delaware.


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  • If either applicant has been married and the marriage was terminated by divorce or annulment, we require the last divorce or annulment decree. It must be signed by a Judge and bear a seal indicating that it is the original, true copy or a certified copy.

  • If either applicant has been married and the marriage was terminated by death, we require the original, true copy or a certified copy of the death certificate.


Marriage License Fees Delaware:

The marriage license fee is $50 if at least one of the applicants is a Delaware resident. It is $100 if neither applicant is a Delaware resident.



Proxy Marriages Delaware:

No.


Cousin Marriages Delaware:

No.


Common Law Marriages Delaware:

No.


Marriage Blood Test Delaware:

No blood test is required.


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.


Marriage Age Requirements Delaware: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

You must be at least eighteen years of age to apply for a marriage license. If either applicant is under the age of eighteen, they are considered minors. Minors must petition Delaware Family Court for authorization to marry.


Marriage Officiants Delaware:

Any ordained minister, and clerks of the peace.


Marriage Witnesses Delaware:

Two witnesses are required, at least 18 years of age, at the time of the ceremony.


Expiration Date of Marriage License Delaware:

Marriage licenses are valid for 30 days, and the ceremony must take place in Delaware.


Copy of Certificate of Marriage License

Office of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 637
Dover, DE 19903


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. For more information regarding Delaware marriage license records please visit www.delaware.gov.

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