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State of Minnesota
Marriage License Requirements

  • The marriage license fee is $40.00 with Premarital Education completed. $115.00 without Premarital Education.

  • You may apply for a marriage license in any county in Minnesota regardless of residence or where the ceremony takes place, if you are going to be married within the geographical borders of Minnesota.

  • Both paries must be at least eighteen years of age.

  • Both parties applying for the marriage license must be present to complete the application.

  • No blood test is required.

  • Identification such as a driver’s license or state I.D.

  • Fee must be paid at the time you apply for the license.

  • There is no waiting period in Minnesota.

Be sure to contact your county Recorder/Treasure Office or License Service Centers well in advance of the wedding to find out on what days and during what hours the Clerk will be in the office. Some locales will require an appointment.


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Marriage Application Requirement Minnesota: Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

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

Both applicants should apply in person. However, if one of the parties cannot appear in person, a supplemental will be given to the party appearing before us to be completed by the non-appearing marriage applicant.

You must know the following information for both parties:

  • Full Names – before and after marriage

  • Addresses – before and after marriage

  • Age

  • Counties where each person lives

  • Date of Birth

  • Place of Birth

  • Provide social security numbers for each party. There is an additional form to complete for those individuals who do not have a social security number and can be obtained at the office.

  • If 1 or both of you has a felony conviction, please read Minnesota statute MS 259.13 for requirements.

  • Fee must be paid at the time you apply for the license.

  • Both parties applying for the marriage license must be present to complete the application.

It is important that you verify all information with your county Recorder/Treasure Office or License Service Centers before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.


Marriage ID Requirement in Minnesota:

Identification such as a valid driver’s license or state I.D.


Marriage Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Minnesota.


Marriage Waiting Period in Minnesota:

There is no waiting period in Minnesota.


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If either or both applicants has/have been married previously, information regarding the termination of the most recent marriage is required, i.e., date, location, and if the previous marriage ended in divorce, the name of the court (i.e. 6th Judicial) where the marriage was terminated.


Marriage License Fee Minnesota:

The fee for a marriage license is $115.00, or $40.00 if you have completed 12 hours of premarital education.


Premarital Education:

To qualify for the reduced fee, you must present at the time of application an acceptable Statement of Premarital Education Form on the educator’s letter head (sample). It must be signed, dated, and notarized.


Marriage Blood Test Minnesota:

No. Minnesota does not require blood tests.


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: ✔ Get Copy Of Birth Certificate

Couples who are 16 and 17 years old need parental consent or court approval, please read Minnesota statute MS 259.13 for requirements.


Proxy Marriages:

No. However, if only one of you can be in person to apply for the marriage license you can fill out a Supplemental to Application for Marriage License for Party Not Appearing as long as all the required information for the absent partner is provided. Call the Recorder/Treasure Office or License Service Centers to see how to get your partner’s signature notarized. Requirements do vary from county to county.


Cousin Marriages:

No.


Common Law Marriages:

No.


Expiration Date of Marriage License:

  • Your marriage license is valid for 6 months, and may be used anywhere in Minnesota.

  • The official who performs the marriage ceremony should file the marriage license within 5 days of the ceremony (MS 517.10)


Witness:

A marriage must be witnessed by 2 adults (16 or older)



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Michigan Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
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Montgomery, Michigan 36130-3017
Ph: 334.613.5300
Fx: 334.240.3097


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. Additional information can be found on the Minnesota Revisor of Statutes website.