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Getting married in Connecticut

IMPORTANT NOTE: Marriage laws and license requirements change continually, so please check the latest information with your local marriage license bureau office or county clerk's office before making your wedding or travel plans, and before inviting your guests.

If you are planning to marry, you and your spouse-to-be must appear in person at a local vital records office to apply for a marriage license. The marriage license is issued to ensure that you and your spouse-to-be are eligible to be married. You must apply for your marriage license at the vital records office of the town where the marriage is to take place.

You will need to complete the marriage license application, provide identification and make a sworn statement that the information that you provide is true.

Who may apply for a marriage license

Connecticut does not require individuals applying for a marriage license to be residents of the state, but the couple must apply in the county where either one lives, or where the wedding ceremony will be held.

Any two persons may marry in Connecticut so long as both parties to the marriage meet Connecticut’s eligibility requirements. As of November 12, 2008, same-sex marriage became legal in Connecticut. The eligibility requirements and application process are identical to the requirements for opposite-sex marriage.

A person is eligible to marry if such person is not a party to another marriage, or a legal relationship that provides substantially the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as a marriage, or one of the following exceptions are met: that the person is joined in a civil union and such person marries their civil union partner; or the person is joined in another type of legal relationship that is substantially similar to a civil union, and such person marries the partner of such other relationship.

The bride and groom must be at least 18 years old, or one of the following exceptions should be met: the person is under 18 years of age, and such person has received written consent to marry from a parent, guardian, or in the absence of such parent or guardian, a probate court judge; or the person is under 16 years of age, and such person has received written consent to marry from a probate court judge.

Cousin marriages are permitted in Connecticut.

ID requirements

Photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport should be represented, and applicants must know their social security numbers, mother’s maiden name, parents’ birthplaces, date and location of the wedding, and name and contact information of the officiant.

Previous marriages

You need to show the divorce decree, or have information on the date, county and state of death of your previous spouse. If your name has changed, you need to bring a certified copy of your divorce decree.

Blood tests and other tests

You no longer need to have a blood test to obtain a marriage license in Connecticut.

Marriage ceremonies and witnesses

Connecticut does not require witnesses of the marriage.

Officiants

Judges, retired judges, Connecticut state referees, Connecticut justices of the peace, and ordained or license clergymen (belonging to any state) may perform your wedding in Connecticut. If a friend or relative wants to perform your wedding ceremony, this is possible if an authorized officiator is also present to confirm your marriage ceremony and to sign your marriage license.

Fees

The fee for a marriage license is $30-$35, depending on the town.

Waiting period

Most towns in Connecticut do not require a waiting period.

Validity of license

The marriage license is valid for 65 days.

Copy of marriage certificate

Once the marriage ceremony takes place, the marriage officiator will submit the license to the registrar of vital records of the town where the marriage took place by the first week of the month following the marriage. The registrar will then register the license and place it on file for permanent record. Once registered, the marriage license becomes a vital record and is referred to as a marriage certificate.

Connecticut marriage certificates are open to the general public. Anyone over 18 years of age may request a copy of any Connecticut marriage certificate from the town clerk’s office. You must provide basic information such as the names of the wife and husband, the approximate date of marriage, and the town in which the marriage took place, so that the proper marriage record can be identified.

If you are requesting a marriage certificate, the social security numbers of the bride and groom will not be included on the certificate that you receive, unless you are one of the spouses to the marriage.

For more information

Here is a list of county clerk offices in Connecticut:

Andover Town Clerk
17 School Road
Andover, CT 06232-0328
(860) 742-0188
Greenwich Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 2540
Greenwich, CT 06836-
(203) 622-7897
Preston Town Clerk
389 Route 2
Preston, CT 06365-8830
(860) 887-9821
Ansonia Town & City Clerk
253 Main Street
Ansonia, CT 06401
(203) 736-5980
Griswold Town Clerk
P. O. Box 369
Jewett City, CT 06351-2399
(860) 376-7060
Prospect Town Clerk
36 Center Street
Prospect, CT 06712-1699
(203) 758-4461
Ashford Town Clerk
25 Pompey Hollow Rd.
Ashford, CT 06278
(860) 429-7044
Groton Town Clerk
45 Fort Hill Road
Groton, CT 06340-
(860) 441-6640
Putnam Town Clerk
126 Church Street
Putnam, CT 06260-
(860) 963-6807
Avon Town Clerk
60 West Main Street
Avon, CT 06001-
(860) 409-4310
Guilford Town Clerk
31 Park Street
Guilford, CT 06437-2629
(203) 453-8001
Redding Town Clerk
Route 107
Redding-Center, CT 06875-1028
(203) 938-2377
Barkhamsted Town Clerk
67 Ripley Hill Road
Barkhamsted, CT 06063-
(860) 379-8665
Haddam Town Clerk
P. O. Box 87
Haddam, CT 06438-0087
(860) 345-8531
Ridgefield Town Clerk
400 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877-4699
(203) 431-2783
Beacon Falls Town Clerk
10 Maple Avenue
Beacon Falls, CT 06403-
(203) 729-8254
Hamden Town Clerk
2750 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-3207
(203) 287-7112
Rocky Hill Town Clerk
761 Old Main Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067-1519
(860) 258-2705
Berlin Town Clerk
240 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT 06037-
(860) 828-7036
Hampton Town Clerk
P. O. Box 143
Hampton, CT 06247-0143
(860) 455-9132
Roxbury Town Clerk
29 North Street
Roxbury, CT 06783-
(860) 354-3328
Bethany Vital Records
40 Peck Road
Bethany, CT 06524-
(203) 393-2100
Hartford Vital Records
550 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103-
(860) 757-9690
Salem Town Clerk
270 Hartford Road
Salem, CT 06420-3809
(860) 859-3873
Bethel Town Clerk
One School Street
Bethel, CT 06801-
(203) 794-8505
Hartland Town Clerk
22 South Road
East Hartland, CT 06027-0297
(860) 653-0285
Salisbury Town Clerk
P. O. Box 548
Salisbury, CT 06068-0548
(860) 435-5182
Bethlehem Town Clerk
P. O. Box 160
Bethlehem, CT 06751
(203) 266-7510
Harwinton Town Clerk
100 Bentley Drive
Harwinton, CT 06791-
(860) 485-9613
Scotland Town Clerk
P. O. Box 122
Scotland, CT 06264-0122
(860) 423-9634
Bloomfield Town Clerk
P. O. Box 337
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(860) 769-3507
Hebron Town Clerk
P. O. Box 156
Hebron, CT 06248-0156
(860) 228-5971
Seymour Town Clerk
One First Street
Seymour, CT 06483-2817
(203) 888-0519
Bolton Town Clerk
222 Bolton Center Road
Bolton, CT 06043-
(860) 649-8066
Kent Town Clerk
P. O. Box 678
Kent, CT 06757-
(860) 927-3433
Sharon Town Clerk
P. O. Box 224
Sharon, CT 06069-0224
(860) 364-5224
Bozrah Town Clerk
1 River Road
Bozrah, CT 06334
(860) 889-2689
Killingly Town Clerk
P. O. Box 6000
Danielson, CT 06239-
(860) 779-5308
Shelton Town Clerk
P. O. Box 364
Shelton, CT 06484-0364
(203) 924-1555
Branford Town Clerk
P. O. Box 150
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 488-6305
Killingworth Town Clerk
323 Route 81
Killingworth, CT 06419-1218
(860) 663-1765 x502
Sherman Town Clerk
P. O. Box 39
Sherman, CT 06784-0039
(860) 354-5281
Bridgeport Vital Statistics
202 State Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 576-8208
Lebanon Town Clerk
579 Exeter Road
Lebanon, CT 06249-
(860) 642-7319
Simsbury Town Clerk
P. O. Box 495
Simsbury, CT 06070-0495
(860) 658-3243
Bridgewater Town Clerk
P. O. Box 216
Bridgewater, CT 06752
(860) 354-5102
Ledyard Town Clerk
741 Colonel Ledyard Hwy.
Ledyard, CT 06339-1541
(860) 464-8740
Somers Town Clerk
P. O. Box 308
Somers, CT 06071-0308
(860) 763-8206
Bristol Town & City Clerk
111 North Main Street
Bristol, CT 06010-
(860) 584-6100
Lisbon Town Clerk
One Newent Road
Lisbon, CT 06351-9802
(860) 376-2708
South Windsor Town Clerk
1540 Sullivan Avenue
South Windsor, CT 06074-2786
(860) 644-2511
Brookfield Town Clerk
P. O. Box 5106
Brookfield, CT 06804-
(203) 775-7313
Litchfield Town Clerk
P. O. Box 488
Litchfield, CT 06759-0488
(860) 567-7561
Southbury Town Clerk
501 Main Street South
Southbury, CT 06488-2295
(203) 262-0657
Brooklyn Town Clerk
P. O. Box 356
Brooklyn, CT 06234-
(860) 774-9543
Lyme Town Clerk
480 Hamburg Road
Lyme, CT 06371-
(860) 434-7733
Southington Town Clerk
75 Main Street
Southington, CT 06489-
(860) 276-6211
Burlington Town Clerk
200 Spielman Highway
Burlington, CT 06013-
(860) 673-2108
Madison Town Clerk
8 Campus Drive
Madison, CT 06443-2563
(203) 245-5672
Sprague Town Clerk
P. O. Box 162
Baltic, CT 06330-0162
(860) 822-3001
Canaan Town Clerk
P. O. Box 47
Falls Village, CT 06031-
(860) 824-0707
Manchester Town Clerk
P.O. Box 191
Manchester, CT 06045-0191
(860) 647-3037
Stafford Town Clerk
P. O. Box 11
Stafford Springs, CT 06076-0011
(860) 684-1765
Canterbury Town Clerk
P. O. Box 27
Canterbury, CT 06331-0027
(860) 546-9377
Mansfield Town Clerk
4 South Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06268-
(860) 429-3302
Stamford Registrar
888 Washington Blvd.
Stamford, CT 06904-2152
(203) 977-4054
Canton Town Clerk
P. O. Box 168
Collinsville, CT 06022-
(860) 693-7870
Marlborough Town Clerk
P. O. Box 29
Marlborough, CT 06447-0029
(860) 295-6206
Sterling Town Clerk
P. O. Box 157
Oneco, CT 06373-0157
(860) 564-2657
Chaplin Town Clerk
P. O. Box 286
Chaplin, CT 06235-
(860) 455-9455
Meriden Town & City Clerk
142 East Main Street, Rm 124
Meriden, CT 06450-5667
(203) 630-4030
Stonington Town Clerk
P. O. Box 352
Stonington, CT 06378-0352
(860) 535-5060
Cheshire Town Clerk
84 South Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410-
(203) 271-6601
Middlebury Vital Statistics
1212 Whittemore Rd.
Middlebury, CT 06762
(203) 758-2557
Stratford Town Clerk
2725 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615-5892
(203) 385-4020
Chester Town Clerk
203 Middlesex Ave
Chester, CT 06412-
(860) 526-0013
Middlefield Town Clerk
P. O. Box 179
Middlefield, CT 06445-0179
(860) 349-7116
Suffield Town Clerk
83 Mountain Road
Suffield, CT 06078-
(860) 668-3880
Clinton Town Clerk
54 East Main Street
Clinton, CT 06413-
(860) 669-9101
Middletown Vital Records
P. O. Box 1300
Middletown, CT 06457-1300
(860) 344-3459
Thomaston Town Clerk
158 Main Street
Thomaston, CT 06787-
(860) 283-4141
Colchester Town Clerk
127 Norwich Avenue
Colchester, CT 06415-1290
(860) 537-7215
Milford Town & City Clerk
70 West River Street
Milford, CT 06460-3364
(203) 783-3210
Thompson Town Clerk
815 Riverside Drive
N. Grosvernordale, CT 06255-0899
(860) 923-9900
Colebrook Town Clerk
P. O. Box 5
Colebrook, CT 06021-
(860) 379-3359
Monroe Town Clerk
7 Fan Hill Road
Monroe, CT 06468-1800
(203) 452-5417
Tolland Town & City Clerk
21 Tolland Green
Tolland, CT 06084-9445
(860) 871-3630
Columbia Town Clerk
323 Jonathan Trumbull Hwy
Columbia, CT 06237-
(860) 228-3284
Montville Town Clerk
310 Norwich-New London Tpke
Montville, CT 06382-
(860) 848-3030
Torrington Town & City Clerk
140 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790-
(860) 489-2236
Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 566-6500
Morris Town Clerk
P. O. Box 66
Morris, CT 06763-0066
(860) 567-7433
Trumbull Town Clerk
5866 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611-3193
(203) 452-5035
Cornwall Town Clerk
P. O. Box 97
Cornwall, CT 06753-0097
(860) 672-2709
Naugatuck Town Clerk
229 Church Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770-
(203) 720-7055
Union Town Clerk
1043 Buckley Highway
Union, CT 06076-9520
(860) 684-3770
Coventry Town Clerk
1712 Main Street
Coventry, CT 06238-
(860) 742-7966
New Britain Town & City Clerk
27 West Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051-2298
(860) 826-3344
Vernon Town Clerk
14 Park Place
Vernon, CT 06066-
(860) 870-3662
Cromwell Town Clerk
41 West Street
Cromwell, CT 06416-2142
(860) 632-3440
New Canaan Town Clerk
P.O. Box 447
New Canaan, CT 06840-0447
(203) 594-3070
Voluntown Town Clerk
P. O. Box 96
Voluntown, CT 06384-0096
(860) 376-4089
Danbury Town Clerk
155 Deer Hill Avenue, Rm 323
Danbury, CT 06810-7726
(203) 797-4531
New Fairfield Town Clerk
4 Brush Hill Road
New Fairfield, CT 06812-
(203) 312-5615
Wallingford Town Clerk
45 South Main Street
Wallingford, CT 06492-
(203) 294-2145
Darien Town Clerk
Two Renshaw Road
Darien, CT 06820-
(203) 656-7307
New Hartford Town Clerk
P. O. Box 426
New Hartford, CT 06057-0426
(860) 379-5037
Warren Town Clerk
7 Sackett Hill Road
Warren, CT 06754-1713
(860) 868-0090
Deep River Town Clerk
174 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417-
(860) 526-6024
New Haven Hall of Records
165 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510-
(203) 946-7931
Washington Town Clerk
P. O. Box 383
Washington Depot, CT 06794-0383
(860) 868-2786
Derby Town Clerk
1 Elizabeth Street
Derby, CT 06418-1897
(203) 736-1462
New London Town & City Clerk
181 State Street
New London, CT 06320-6346
(860) 447-5205
Waterbury Town Clerk
Vital Statistics, 235 Grand St.
Waterbury, CT 06702-
(203) 574-6801
Durham Town Clerk
P. O. Box 428
Durham, CT 06422-0428
(860) 349-3453
New Milford Town Clerk
10 Main Street
New Milford, CT 06776-2831
(860) 355-6020
Waterford Town Clerk
15 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford, CT 06385-2806
(860) 442-0553
East Granby Town Clerk
P. O. Box TC
East Granby, CT 06026-0459
(860) 653-6528
Newington Town Clerk
131 Cedar Street
Newington, CT 06111-2644
(860) 665-8500
Watertown Town Clerk
37 Deforest Street
Watertown, CT 06795-2200
(860) 945-5230
East Haddam Town Clerk
Goodspeed Plaza
P. O. Box K
East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 873-5027
Newtown Town Clerk
3 Primrose Street
Newtown, CT 06470
(203) 270-4210
West Hartford Town Clerk
50 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107-
(860) 523-3151
East Hampton Town Clerk
20 East High Street
East Hampton, CT 06424-1091
(860) 267-1027
Norfolk Town Clerk
P. O. Box 552
Norfolk, CT 06058-0555
(860) 542-5679
West Haven Town Clerk
355 Main Street
West Haven, CT 06516-0526
(203) 937-3534
East Hartford Town Clerk
740 Main Street
East Hartford, CT 06108-3114
(860) 291-7230
North Branford Town Clerk
909 Foxon Road
North Branford, CT 06471-
(203) 484-6015
Westbrook Hall of Records
866 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498-1881
(860) 399-3044
East Haven Town Clerk
250 Main Street
East Haven, CT 06512-3004
(203) 468-3201
North Canaan Town Clerk
P. O. Box 338
North Canaan, CT 06018-0338
(860) 824-3138
Weston Town Clerk
P. O. Box 1007
Weston, CT 06883-1007
(203) 222-2616
East Lyme Town Clerk
Town Hall, P. O. Box 519
Niantic, CT 06357-0519
(860) 739-6931
North Haven Town Clerk
18 Church Street
North Haven, CT 06473-
(203) 239-5321
Westport Town Clerk
110 Myrtle Ave
Westport, CT 06880-
(203) 341-1000
East Windsor Town Clerk
P. O. Box 213
Broad Brook, CT 06016-0213
(860) 292-8255
North Stonington Town Clerk
40 Main Street
North Stonington, CT 06359-
(860) 535-2877
Wethersfield Town Clerk
505 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109-2216
(860) 721-2880
Eastford Town Clerk
P. O. Box 273
Eastford, CT 06242-0273
(860) 974-1885
Norwalk Town Clerk
P. O. Box 5125
Norwalk, CT 06856-5125
(203) 854-7746
Willington Town Clerk
40 Old Farms Road
Willington, CT 06279-
(860) 487-3121
Easton Town Clerk
225 Center Road
Easton, CT 06612-1398
(203) 268-6291
Norwich Town & City Clerk
100 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360-4431
(860) 823-3732
Wilton Town Clerk
238 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897-4008
(203) 563-0106
Ellington Town Clerk
P. O. Box 187
Ellington, CT 06029-0187
(860) 870-3105
Old Lyme Town Clerk
52 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371-2331
(860) 434-1605
Winchester Town Clerk
338 Main Street
Winsted, CT 06098-1697
(860) 738-6963
Enfield Town Clerk
820 Enfield Street
Enfield, CT 06082-2997
(860) 253-6440
Old Saybrook Town Clerk
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475-
(860) 395-3135
Windham Town Clerk
P. O. Box 94
Willimantic, CT 06226-0094
(860) 465-3013
Essex Town Clerk
29 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426-0098
(860) 767-4344
Orange Town Clerk
617 Orange Center Road
Orange, CT 06477-
(203) 891-2122
Windsor Town Clerk
275 Broad Street
Windsor, CT 06095-0472
(860) 285-1902
Fairfield Town Clerk
611 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-
(203) 256-3000
Oxford Town Clerk
486 Oxford Road
Oxford, CT 06478-1298
(203) 888-2543
Windsor Locks Town Clerk
50 Church Street
Windsor Locks, CT 06096-
(860) 627-1441
Farmington Town Clerk
One Monteith Drive
Farmington, CT 06032-1053
(860) 675-2380
Plainfield Town Clerk
8 Community Avenue
Plainfield, CT 06374-
(860) 230-3009
Wolcott Town Clerk
10 Kenea Avenue
Wolcott, CT 06716-
(203) 879-8100
Franklin Town Clerk
7 Meeting House Hill Road
North Franklin, CT 06254-9775
(860) 642-7352
Plainville Town Clerk
One Central Square
Plainville, CT 06062-
(860) 793-0221
Woodbridge Town Clerk
11 Meetinghouse Lane
Woodbridge, CT 06525-
(203) 389-3425
Glastonbury Town Clerk
2155 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033-6523
(860) 652-7616
Plymouth Town Clerk
80 Main Street
Terryville, CT 06786-1295
(860) 585-4001
Woodbury Town Clerk
P. O. Box 369
Woodbury, CT 06798-
(203) 263-2144
Goshen Town Clerk
42C North Street
Goshen, CT 06756-0054
(860) 491-3647
Pomfret Town Clerk
5 Haven Road
Pomfret Center, CT 06259-1743
(860) 974-0343
Woodstock Town Clerk
415 Route 169
Woodstock, CT 06281-
(860) 928-6929
Granby Town Clerk
15 North Granby Road
Granby, CT 06035-2125
(860) 653-8949
Portland Town Clerk
P. O. Box 71
Portland, CT 06480-0071
(860) 342-6743
 

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