Publiboda

Getting married in Hawaii

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.

The prospective bride and groom must appear together in person before a marriage license agent to apply for a marriage license. Proxies are not allowed.

The prospective bride and groom should be prepared to provide the necessary proof of age and present any required written consents and approvals. All of the necessary documents should be obtained prior to applying for a marriage license.

The prospective bride and groom must prepare an official application and file the application in person with the marriage license agent. Applications are provided by the marriage license agent or may be downloaded from this site (see below). The application will not be accepted if sent by either postal mail or e-mail.

Upon approval, a marriage license is issued at the time the application is made.

Who may apply for a marriage license

There are no state residence or U.S. citizenship requirements.

The legal age to marry is 18 years for both males and females.

Males or females of 16 or 17 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents, legal guardian, or the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.

Males or females of 15 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents or legal guardian, and the written approval of a judge of the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.

Cousins may marry in Hawaii. However, the blood relationship between the prospective bride and groom cannot be closer than first cousins.

ID requirements

Proof of age is required. A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 years of age or under. A valid I.D. or driver’s license may be presented for anyone 19 years of age or over.

Previous marriages

If previously married, proof of original divorce decree or death certificate needs to be presented to the marriage agent by the applicant if the divorce or death was final within 30 days of applying for a marriage license. NO FAXES ARE ACCEPTED.

Blood tests and other tests

Blood tests are not required.

Marriage ceremonies and witnesses

The marriage ceremony can be held in the venue of your choice. Witnesses are not required.

Officiants

Marriage performers must be duly licensed by and in the State of Hawaii to perform the marriage ceremony. If desired, you may request the marriage performer to present his/her license for your inspection. For further information about obtaining a marriage performer, you can visit The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau website or call them at (808) 924-0266.

Fees

The marriage license costs $60.00, payable in cash at the time the application is made.

Waiting period

Once the license has been issued, there is no waiting period before the marriage can take place.

Validity of license

The marriage license expires 30 days from and including the date of issuance, after which it automatically becomes null and void. If you do not get married within the 30 days, return the unused license in the pre-addressed envelope provided to you for invalidation.

The marriage license is good only in, but is valid throughout, the State of Hawaii.

Copy of marriage certificate

A marriage license and marriage certificate are different documents. The marriage license permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed.

The marriage certificate is prepared and filed by your licensed marriage officiant or performer with the Department of Health. A newly married couple receives one (1) certified copy of the marriage certificate at no extra charge, upon payment of the marriage license fee, which will be sent to the couple by mail (60-120 days) after the marriage has been performed. If a marriage certificate is needed sooner than this, you can apply for one or more additional certified copies.

For more information

http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/vital-records/marriage/index.html

Information on marriage licenses may be obtained via the telephone system, any day or any time, by calling (808) 586-4545.

You can apply for a marriage license in Honolulu - Room 101 (1st floor) of the Health Department Building, 1250 Punchbowl St. (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets), Monday through Friday (excluding holidays and furlough days), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents in the rural and suburban areas of Oahu - call (808) 586-4544

For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents on the neighbor islands - call the local office of the Department of Health:

Hawaii (Big Island) (808) 974-6008

Kauai (808) 241-3498

Maui (808) 984-8210

Molokai (808) 553-3200

Related articles:

Your comments

Comments (0)






Allowed tags: <b><i><br>Add a new comment:


Advertising

We recommend