Applying for your marriage license


If you are marrying in the USA, you will require a marriage license before any kind of marriage ceremony can be conducted. The requirements vary by state, and by county, so what is valid in one county may not be the same in the neighboring county.

Depending on the state you plan to marry in, you may need to take a blood test or undertake premarital counseling. There are also other factors to take into account. For example, if you are cousins, you may not marry in certain states.

The waiting period and validity of the license varies from state to state, as do the requirements of officiants and witnesses. Some states offer an “officiant for a day” license, meaning that a friend or family member can officiate at your wedding.

Check out our state-by-state guide to applying for a marriage license, as well as general information about the process involved, required documentation, and addresses of county clerks’ offices. Remember that this information only serves as a guide and you will need to confirm the exact details with your county clerk.

Applying for your license

When the wedding is fast approaching, and you have dealt with any prerequisites such as blood tests or premarital counseling, you will be able to apply for the license, making sure that you have gathered together all relevant documentation that is required.

Remember that the validity of a marriage license also depends on the state, so be sure not to apply too soon or it may become invalid.

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