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Marriage Witnesses Requirements

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Some states require the signature of two (2) witnesses 16 or older, present to testify to the circumstances in which the wedding ceremony was performed, including the date and place. Photo identification with date of birth is required of witnesses.

    • Alabama: Witnesses are not required by Alabama law.
    • Alaska: Alaska law requires the ceremony must be witnessed by at least two (2) people for the wedding ceremony.
    • Arizona: Marriage licenses must be signed by the couple, two witnesses age 18 or over, and the officiating minister in Arizona.
    • Arkansas: Witnesses are not required by Arkansas law.
    • California: The California public marriage license requires the signature of one witness, and if desired, has a place for an additional witness. No more than two witnesses may sign on the public marriage license. Only one signature per line is allowed. No witnesses may sign on the confidential marriage
      license.
    • Colorado: Witnesses are not required in Colorado. Some clergy, judges, or public officials may request them.
    • Connecticut: Connecticut law does not require that there be any witnesses (although religious entities may require witnesses).
    • Delaware: Two witnesses are required, at least 18 years of age, at the time of the ceremony in Delaware.
  • District of Columbia: No witnesses are required for wedding ceremonies in Washington, DC. No signature other than that of the officiant is required on the certificate.
  • Florida: Witnesses are not required by Florida law.
  • Georgia: Only if the person performing the ceremony does not complete the form, you will need two witnesses to the ceremony in order to obtain the marriage certificate.
  • Hawaii: Witnesses are not required by Hawaii law.
  • Idaho: Witnesses are not required by Idaho law.
  • Illinois: Witnesses are not required by Illinois law.
  • Indiana: Witnesses are no longer required by Indiana law.
  • Iowa: You need to have one witness who is over the age of 18 with you when you apply for the marriage license. The applicants and witness must have a photo I.D.
  • Kansas: Kansas law require at least two (2) witnesses be present at your marriage ceremony. Witnesses must be age 18 or older.
  • Kentucky: Kentucky law require two (2) persons other than those being married and the person solemnizing the marriage must be present as witnesses.
  • Louisiana: Louisiana law require two (2) witnesses to sign the marriage license at the time of the ceremony.
  • Maine: Maine law require the ceremony must be witnessed by at least two (2) people other than the officiant, and signed by the couple, the officiant and witnesses.
  • Maryland: Witnesses are not required by Maryland law.
  • Massachusetts: Witnesses are not required by Massachusetts law.
  • Michigan: Michigan law requires two witnesses (who must be at least 18 years of age).
  • Minnesota: Minnesota law requires two witnesses (who must be at least 16 years of age)
  • Mississippi: Witnesses are not required by Mississippi law.

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