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MARRIAGE LAWS/REQUIREMENTS BY STATE

ALABAMA thru MONTANA

It is recommend contacting your County Clerk's Office before applying for your marriage license.


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ALABAMA

ID Requirement: Valid Driver's License or Birth Certificate and Social Security number.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Alabama.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

If Divorced: In Alabama, within last 6 months of wedding date,
a copy of Divorce Decree.

Fees: Cash Only! Varies depending on County. $28.35 - $30 for marriage license only; $40.50 for license, ceremony and a certified copy.

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order
and identification. If one or both parents are deceased, proper evidence of such must
be provided.

Officiants: Any licensed minister of the gospel in regular communion with the Christian church or society of which he is a member may perform marriages. Also, marriages may
be performed by the pastor of any religious society according to the rules of the religious society. Ministers must provide a certificate of the marriage to the judge of probate within one month after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days. The license can only be used within the State of Alabama.


ALASKA

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Alaska.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in Alaska. The license can only be used within the State of Alaska.


ARIZONA

ID Requirement: Drivers license or identification card or other
id showing current address and date of birth. Bringing a certified copy of your birth certificate is recommended because some counties require it if you are younger than 30.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Arizona.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Previous Marriages: Copies of divorce decree are not required.

Fees: $50.00 - Cash or money order.

Other Tests: No tests.

Under 18: If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have the notarized consent of your parents or legal guardian. If you are under 16, you must have the notarized consent of your parents or legal guardian as well as a court order.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Cousin Marriages: Yes, first cousins may marry if both are sixty-five years of age or older. If one or both first cousins are under sixty-five years of age, they can marry if they show proof to a superior court judge that one of them is unable to reproduce.

Common Law Marriages: No.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiants: Marriages may be performed by a member of the clergy (including a minister, priest, bishop, rabbi, and imam), a judge, a magistrate, a clerk of the circuit court, or a clerk or clerk-treasurer of a city or town. Ministers must record the marriage on the marriage license and return it to the clerk of the Superior Court within 20 days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 1 year.
The license can only be used within the State of Arizona.


ARKANSAS

ID Requirement: Picture id such as Drivers License, and Birth Certificate. If no Birth Certificate is available, you will need 3 forms of identification with name and birth date available on the document.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Arkansas.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: Cash Only! $35

Other Tests: No tests.

Age Requirement: Under 18 requires consent of both sets of parents.

Officiants: Any regularly ordained minister or priest of any religious sect or denomination may perform marriages. Ministers must have their ordination credentials filed by the county clerk who will then issue a certificate to the minister. The marriage license must be completed by the minister and returned to the county clerk within 60 days from the date the license was issued.

Valid: License is valid for 60 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Arkansas.


CALIFORNIA

Appointment Suggested: It is recommended that you call the County or City Clerk's office to see if they suggest setting an appointment. You could find yourselves in a long line with as much as a 2 hour wait without an appointment in some locales.

ID Requirement: Picture id such as Drivers License or other valid identification. Some counties recommend bringing certified copies of your birth certificates. Know your parents names, mothers' maiden name and places of their birth.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of California.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Previous Marriages: You must show proof of divorce, death or annulment. You need to bring a copy of your final divorce decree if you have divorced within the 90 days through past year (varies by county.)

Fees: $80.00. Some counties will only accept cash.

Other Tests: No tests.

Under 18: If either the bride or groom is under 18, at least one of the minor's parents,
or legal guardian, must appear with the couple. Certified copies of birth certificates are required. The couple must also schedule an appointment with a counselor and then appear before a superior court judge.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Cousin Marriages: Yes.

Common Law Marriages: No.

Same Sex Marriages: No. However, Domestic Partnership Certificates are available in San Francisco, Marin Counties and here. One partner must live or work in that county and both must have photo ID.

Officiants: Any priest, minister, or rabbi of any religious denomination, of the age of 18 years or over may perform marriages. Ministers must complete the marriage license and return it to the county clerk within 4 days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days.
The license can only be used within the State of California.

Confidential License: A regular marriage license is a public record. A license and Certificate of Confidential Marriage is only accessible by the husband, wife, or by decree signed by a superior court judge. At least one witness is required to observe the solemnization for a regular, public ceremony. No witnesses are required to observe a confidential marriage ceremony. A regular license may be used throughout the state. However, the confidential license may only be used in the county of issue. The confidential license costs $80.00 same as the regular license.

Solemnization Authority : Marriage may be solemnized by any of the following who is of the age of 18 years or older:

  1. A Priest, minister, or rabbi of any religious denomination.
  2. A judge or retired judge, commissioner of civil marriages or retired commissioner of civil marriages, commissioner or retired commissioner, or assistant commissioner of a court of record in this state.
  3. A judge or magistrate who has resigned from office.
  4. Any of the following judges or magistrates of the United States:
    1. A justice or retired justice of the United States Supreme Court.
    2. A judge or retired judge of a court of appeals, a district court, or a court created by an act of Congress the Judges of which are entitled to hold office during good behavior.
    3. A judge or retired judge of a bankruptcy court or a tax court.
    4. A United States magistrate or retired magistrate.
    5. A legislator or constitutional officer of this state or a member of Congress who represents a district within this state, while that person holds office.

 

Each county offers civil ceremonies performed by a judge or commissioner. The cost is approximately $40.00. For additional information call your County Clerk's office.


COLORADO

A marriage license may be issued in any county and used in any county in the State of Colorado. However, the license must be used within 30 days from the date of issue. The license is issued the day it is applied for and may be used immediately.

Fee: Marriage license is $10.00. Cash or Checks Only.

Blood test: Blood tests are not required to obtain a marriage license.

Age Requirements: The legal age without parental consent is 18 years of age. Applicants who are 16 and 17 years of age must have parental consent from both parents. A parent who has sole custody of a minor will be required to sign a statement to this fact. If one or both of the parents cannot appear at the time of applying for the license, an absentee application may be completed and notarized ahead of time. This is to be presented when the marriage license is issued. Applicants 15 years of age or younger, must obtain a court order granting judicial approval as well as complying with the above requirements. The court order must be obtained in the county where judicial approval has been granted.

Identification: Acceptable forms for proof of age are as follows: Drivers License, Passport, Visa, Birth Certificate, Military ID, or state issued ID Card.

Social Security Number: Must be given when applying for a license. If either party does not have a social security number, they must sign an affidavit when applying for the license.

Application Form: Both male and female applicants must appear in person to complete and sign the marriage application. If one party cannot appear due to illness, is out of state, or incarcerated, he or she must obtain an ABSENTEE APPLICATION from the Clerk and Recorder's office. The party applying must bring the absentee application along with identification for the absent party. Applicants need not be residents of Colorado. ABSENTEE APPLICATIONS MUST BE NOTARIZED.

Previous Marriages: If either party has been divorced or widowed, we need to know the date, County and State. We do not need proof. The couple will be required to swear under oath that all information given is true and correct.

Ceremony: A marriage may be solemnized by a judge of a court of record, a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination or Indian nation or tribe. As of August 1993, a couple themselves can solemnize their own marriage.

Cousin Marriages: Yes.

Common Law Marriages: Yes. Common Law Marriage - Recognized. See, "Common Law Marriage in Colorado," 16 Colo. Law. 252 (1987); Crandall v. Resley, 804 P.2d 272 (Colo. App. 1990).

Marriage by Proxy: Yes. If a party to a marriage is unable to be present at solemnization, he may authorize in writing a third person to act as his proxy. Sec. 14-2-109(2).

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiants: Couples themselves may solemnize their own marriage (C.R.S 14-2-109).
They must apply for paper work from the County Courthouse in order to do this.
However, friends or relatives can not solemnize their marriage. Out-of-state Clergy
need not be registered in Colorado.

Grounds for Annulment: Lack of capacity to consent at time solemnized, under-age (not cured by consent of parents or court), fraud, jest or dare, duress and impotency (unknown to other party at time of marriage), and any prohibited marriage. Sec. 14-10-111. See, "Annulments in Colorado," 22 Colo. Law. 2249 (1993).


CONNECTICUT

ID Requirement: Government issued ID such as drivers license, visa, passport, state or military ID. Bring your social security cards.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Connecticut.

Premarital Certificate: Premarital certificates are available from your State Health Department or by downloading one (Pdf). This form must go to the laboratory doing your blood tests. The laboratorian must fill out Statement III and sign in the appropriate place. The premarital certificate is then returned to your health care provider for review and signature under Statement II. The certificate must have your complete name without abbreviations or initials as it appears on your birth certificate unless it has been legally changed. You must return to health care provider's office to sign the premarital certificate in the health care provider's presence. At that time the test results will be explained to you and you will be given a written copy of your rubella results, if applicable. All signatures on the certificate must be original. It is this completed premarital certificate that you will present to the town clerk of the town in which you plan to marry when you apply for your marriage license. Each person must appear with his/her premarital certificate before the marriage license can be issued.

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Other Tests: Everyone getting married must have a standard test for syphilis. In addition, all women under the age of 50 and capable of pregnancy must have a standard test for rubella (German measles) susceptibility. Exempt are women who have proof of immunity in the form of a laboratory report. These tests are provided by licensed physicians, osteopaths, advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), nurse-midwives (LNM) and physician assistants in Connecticut.

Non-Residents Marrying in Connecticut: The laboratory tests must be performed by a laboratory approved for premarital testing by the state in which it is located. This rule also applies to Military Bases. If the state does not have premarital blood test law, testing must be performed by the State Health Department Laboratory of the state in which the applicant resides. Blood tests performed in foreign countries other than Canada are not valid. Premarital Certificate - Premarital certificates of other states are accepted only if the other state has a comparable law. Although many states have comparable laws for men, at this time only the following states have a comparable law for both men and women: Georgia, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico. If the state in which you reside must be obtained by the testing laboratory from the State Health Department Laboratory of the state in which the laboratory is located.

Connecticut Residents: Connecticut residents marrying elsewhere - not all states have the same premarital requirements. If you plan on marrying in another state, you must meet their requirements.

Medical Appointment: A medical appointment should be made approximately one month before the wedding to allow for the timely processing of specimens and paperwork. The test is valid for thirty-five days from date of test to date of application. The date of test is given on the premarital certificate.

Exact Name: For the marriage license, give the physician your complete name without abbreviations or initials as it appears on your birth certificate unless it has been legally changed.

Return Visit: The physician will notify you when the results are received. You must return to the office and sign the Premarital Certificate in the physician's presence and at that time the results will be explained to you. It is this Premarital Certificate you will present to the Town Clerk of the town in which you plan to marry when you apply for your marriage license. Each person must appear with his/her premarital certificate before the marriage license can be issued.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: $35 - Cash only.

Under 18: Applicants 18 years of age or over do not require parental consent to marry in Connecticut. If applicant is under the age of 18 written consent of the parent or guardian is required and under the age of 16 the Judge of probate must endorse with written consent on the license.

Miscellaneous: If you plan to use your married name at work, be sure to have your name changed in Social Security records. This way, you will get credit for all your earnings. It's easy and it's absolutely free. Contact Social Security Online to locate your local office. You will need documentary evidence showing both your old name and your new name.

Additional Information: The premarital laws in some states are changing rapidly. If you have questions that cannot be answered by the town clerk of the town in which you plan to marry, contact the Public Health Laboratory, (860) 509-8505, for current information and requirements in Connecticut.

Officiants: All ordained or licensed clergymen belonging to this state or any other state may perform marriages as long as they continue in the work of the ministry. Marriage license must be completed by the minister and returned to the city or town clerk.

Valid: License is valid for 65 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Connecticut.


DELAWARE

ID Requirement: Valid Driver's License or Birth Certificate and Social Security number.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Delaware.

Waiting Period: 1 day; 4 days if both spouses are non-residents

If Divorced: If either applicant has been married before, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $35

Other Tests: No tests.

Under 18: Both applicants must be at least 18 years old to obtain a marriage license. Both applicants must be present to apply. Both applicants must present a valid driver's license or birth certificate when applying.

Officiants: Any ordained minister of the gospel and every minister in charge of a recognized church may perform marriages. Ministers do not need to be licensed to perform marriages but they must report their name and address to the local registrar in the district in which they live. Ministers must keep the marriage license or a copy for at least one year. Also, the minister must, within 4 days, complete and return forms required by the State Board of Health to the clerk of the peace.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Delaware.


FLORIDA

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license and your Social Security card or a valid passport number or I-94 card.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Florida. The waiting period does not apply to non-Florida residents.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Waiting Period: No waiting period for Florida residents who have both completed a state sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last 12 months. There is a three-day waiting period for Florida residents who have not taken the course.

If Divorced: If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be supplied. If the divorce or spouse's death occurred within the past 30 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate is required.

Fees: $88.50 - cash only. Couples who have completed a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the past 12 months are entitled to a discount of $32.50.

The Florida Premarital Preparation, is a course provided by a qualified instructor registered with the Clerk of the Circuit Court consisting of not less than 4 hours. The course may include instruction regarding conflict management, communication skills, financial responsibilities, children and parenting responsibilities on actual case data compiled from information reported by married couples who seek counseling. The course may be provided by personal instruction, videotape instruction, instructions via other electronic medium or a combination of these methods. A roster is available in any Clerk's Office issuing marriage licenses.

Other Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: If an individual is under 18 years of age, but older than 16 years of age, a marriage license can be obtained with parental consent. If a parent has sole custody or the other parent is dead, the permission of one parent is sufficient. If a person is under the age of 16, the marriage license has to be issued by a county judge, with or without parental permission. If a minor's parents are both deceased and there is not an appointed guardian, he/she may apply for a marriage license. A minor who has been previously married may also apply for a license. A minor who swears that they have a child or are expecting a baby, can apply for a license if the pregnancy has been verified by a written statement from a licensed physician. A county court judge may at his/her discretion issue or not issue a license for them to marry.

Proxy Marriages: Not allowed in Florida.

Officiants: All regularly ordained ministers of the gospel in communion with some church may perform marriages. Ministers must complete a certificate of marriage on the marriage license and return it to the office from which it was issued.

Valid: License is valid for 60 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Florida.


GEORGIA

ID Requirement: Two valid forms of id such as drivers license, birth certificate, U. S. passport, Armed Forces ID card, or Resident Alien ID card. Applicants will also be asked to fill out a brief form.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Georgia. However, if not a resident, you must apply in the county where the marriage is to be performed.

Pre-marital Education: Cobb County offers a free Marital Workshop called "Focus On Forever". It is a skill-based non-religious workshop designed to address issues concerning communication and listening skills, anger management, and financial planning. Contact the Cobb County Superior Court
for more information.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Previous Marriage: If divorced within six months, you will need to show a copy of your divorce decree.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: Approximately $26.00+. Some counties will only accept cash.

Other Tests: The bride must have a Rubella test. Both the bride and groom must submit a valid blood test on Georgia Form 3411 which must be signed by a licensed physician or the County Health Department. The blood tests are valid for 30 days. Depending on the lab, blood test results may be received from 2 hours to 7 days.

Under 18: If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may apply if accompanied by both parents who have given written consent. If the bride is pregnant, no parental consent is required if you submit a statement from a licensed physician certifying that the bride is pregnant. If underage applicants already have a child, they should present a certified copy of the birth certificate for the child at the time of application. If parental consent is not required, the court will notify parents or guardians that you have been issued a marriage license. There is an additional fee of $1.00 per letter.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Cousin Marriages: Yes.

Common Law Marriages: Yes.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiant: Any minister who is authorized by his or her church may perform marriages. Ministers must complete a certificate of marriage and return it to the ordinary within 30 days after the marriage.

Valid: License has no specified time frame.
The license can only be used within the State of Georgia.


HAWAII

ID Requirement: Two valid forms of id such as drivers license, birth certificate, U. S. passport, Armed Forces ID card, or Resident Alien ID card. Applicants will also be asked to fill out a Marriage License Application Form.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident or U.S. citizen of Hawaii.

Application Requirement: Both the 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 the Hawaii Health Department website. 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.

 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.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: $50 - Cash only.

Other Tests: Blood tests are not required.

Under 18: To marry, males and females must be at least 16 years of age. Males and Females under 18 must have written consent from both parents, legal guardians or family court. Males and females at age 15 may marry with the written consent of both parents or legal guardian and the written approval of the judge of the family court.

 Consent forms may be obtained from the marriage license agent.

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

Proxy Marriages: No.

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

Same Sex Marriages: The Hawaii Gay Marriage Bureau provides a registration, referral and informational forum for those interested in same-sex marriage registration, marriage certificates, related services and updates on the legal front.

Officiant: Any minister may perform marriages if they are authorized by their church to do so. 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 or call them at 808. 923. 1811.

Ministers must obtain a license from the department of health before performing marriages. Ministers must keep a record of all marriages they perform. Ministers
must report all marriages they perform to the department of health.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the U.S. of Hawaii.

Where to Apply for a Marriage License:
 In Honolulu - Room 101 (1st floor) of the Health Dept. building, 1250 Punchbowl St.
   Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Map Directions

 Marriage Agents in the rural and suburban areas of Oahu - 808. 586. 4544

 Marriage Agents on the neighbor islands:

 Hawaii - 808. 974. 6008  Kauai - 808. 241. 3498
 Lanai - 808. 565. 6411  Maui - 808. 984. 8210
 Molokai - 808. 553. 3663  

IDAHO

ID Requirement: Valid Driver's License and Birth Certificate.

Residency Requirement: No, however, with an Idaho State license, you must get married in Idaho.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: $28 - Cash or in-state check with picture identification is acceptable.

Blood Tests: Blood tests are not necessary.

 Idaho Code 32-412A requires both parties to read and sign a premarital AIDS educational pamphlet.

Under 18: Applicant under 16 years of age needs the following:

  A court order

16 through 17: Applicants must present one of the following:

  Original Birth Certificate or Certified Copy

  Current Driver's License

  Passport

  State-issued Identification Card

  Parental consent from either parent or legal guardian

  Must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

  Affidavit of Consent to Marriage of Minor.

Both parties age 18 or older -- no consent requirements

Common Law Marriages: No.

Cousin Marriages: No.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Solemnization of Marriages: Licenses issued in Idaho must be solemnized in Idaho.

Officiants: Marriages may be performed by priests or ministers of the gospel of any denomination. Ministers must give a marriage certificate to the bride and to the groom. Also, the minister must complete the license and marriage certificate and return it to the recorder who issued it within 30 days after the marriage.

Valid: There is no expiration on the license. It is good forever, as long as the same two parties listed use it. The license can only be used within the State of Idaho.


ILLINOIS

 

ID Requirement Any of the following documents will be accepted:
  Valid U.S. Driver's License
  Valid U.S. state identification card
  Valid U.S. passport, Valid U.S. military identification card,
  Valid Illinois Department of Public Aid card
   (the I.D. and the medical card).

 

If you do not have any of the above forms of identification,
then you MUST present TWO (2) of the following pieces of identification:
  A certified copy of a birth certificate.
  A valid U.S. resident alien card.
  U.S. naturalization papers.
  A valid foreign passport.
  All consulate identification cards. Affidavits are not acceptable.
  A baptismal record (the date of birth of the applicant must appear on this record).
  A life insurance policy, which has been in effect for one (1) year (the applicant's date of birth must appear on the document).
  A certified copy of their birth certificate.
  A second piece of identification showing date of birth.
  At least one parent of any applicant under the age of 18 must be present.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Residency Requirement: Non-residents cannot obtain a marriage license if said marriage would be void in their state.

Waiting Period: 1 day.

If Divorced: If either applicant is divorced, they must provide final divorce papers signed by the judge.

Fees: Cash Only! Varies depending on County. $15 - $30

Blood Tests: No tests

Under 18: Applicants between the ages of 16 and 17 may obtain a marriage license by presenting the following information:
  Sworn consent from each parent, each legal guardian or a judge - in person - before the county clerk at the time of application. Those giving consent must provide proper identification, including a: valid driver's license; valid state identification card; valid Illinois Department of Public Aid card; valid passport. (If the legal guardian is giving consent, a certified copy of the guardianship papers must be provided.)

People of the opposite sex older than 18 years of age who are not blood relatives may marry without parental consent.

First cousins older than the age of 50 may marry.

Valid: License is valid for 60 days from the date it was issued.
A license issued in Cook County CANNOT be used in any other county or state.


INDIANA

ID Requirement: Drivers license or identification card or other id showing current address and date of birth. Bringing a certified copy of your birth certificate is recommended because some counties require it if you are younger than 30.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Residency Requirement: Indiana residents must apply in the county in which one of them lives.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Previous Marriages: You will need to know how the marriages ended (death, divorce, annulment) and the month and year the marriages ended. A few counties require a copy of the divorce decree if divorced within the last two years.

Fees: Indiana residents: $18; residents of other states/countries: $60.
Personal checks not accepted.

Other Tests: Women under the age of 50 must bring a completed State of Indiana Premarital Examination Certificate. These are available through your family doctor or any RediMed, StatCare, or other urgent care clinic. Blood tests or premarital examinations for men are not required.

Under 18: A certified copy of your birth certificate is required. If you are 17 years old you must apply for the license with both parents (or the person with legal custody). They will need to sign the consent portion of the application. If you are 16 or 15 years old, you must petition the Circuit Court via a "Permission to Marry" form. The cost for filing this petition is $120.00 even if the Judge refuses to allow the couple to marry.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Cousin Marriages: Permitted when both individuals are at least sixty-five (65) years of age.

Common Law Marriages: No. Indiana does recognize common law marriages legalized by another state.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiants: Marriages may be performed by a member of the clergy (including a minister, priest, bishop, rabbi, and imam), a judge, a magistrate, a clerk of the circuit court, or a clerk or clerk-treasurer of a city or town.

Valid: License is valid for 60 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Indiana.


IOWA

ID Requirement: Picture identification. You need to provide Social Security information.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Iowa.

Witness: You need to have one witness (over 18 years of age) with you when you apply for the license.

Waiting Period: Three business day waiting period.

If Divorced: A divorce must be final and filed before applicants can apply for a license.

Fees: $30+ - cash only. Varies from County to County.

Other Tests: No other tests necessary.

Under 18: Applicants 16 or 17 years of age need to have parental consent.

Proxy Marriages: No. However, if one party can't be present at the Recorder's Office to apply for the license, the absent party can sign the application before a Notary Public.

Cousin Marriages: No.

Common Law Marriages: Yes.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiants: Ministers of the gospel who are ordained by their church may perform marriages. Minister must give a certificate of marriage to the bride and to the groom. Also, the minister must report the marriage to the clerk of the district court within 15 days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 6 months.
The license can only be used within the State of Iowa.


KANSAS

ID Requirement: A certified Birth Certificate.
  Full name (First, Middle and Last)
  Residence (City, county and state)
  Birthplace (State or foreign country)
  Date of birth
  Race
  Highest level of education completed
  Both applicants fathers' full name (First, Middle and Last)
  Both applicants mothers' full name (First, Middle and Maiden)
  All birthplaces (State or Foreign Country)
  Name and address of person performing ceremony, if known.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Kansas.

If Previously Married: If previously married, how last marriage ended and when. Number of this marriage (1st, 2nd, etc).

Application Requirement: Applicant must be the bride or groom. Both applicants need not be present. Applicant must swear under oath:

  The applicants are not related (i.e.1st cousin or closer).

  The applicants have no spouse. (If divorced, decree must be filed over 30 days ago.)

  The applicants know of no other reason why they should not be legally married.

Waiting Period: 3 business-days.

Fees: $50 fee and a $25 judicial branch surcharge payable in cash or money order only. Money orders should be payable to "Clerk of the District Court". The money is non-refundable.

Blood Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: Any applicant who is under age 18 must have either:

  Notarized, written consent of all then living parents and legal guardians OR

  Notarized, written consent of one parent or legal guardian and consent of a district    court judge. (K.S.A. 23-106)

  Identification number (usually social security number)

  Applicants are of the opposite sex.

Both parties age 18 or older -- no consent requirements

Common Law Marriages: No.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Solemnization Authority: Marriage may be validly solemnized and contracted in this state, after a license has been issued for the marriage, in the following manner:
By the mutual declarations of the two parties to be joined in marriage, made before an authorized officiating person and in the presence of at least two competent witnesses over 18 years of age, other than the officiating person, that they take each other as husband and wife. The following are authorized to be officiating persons:

 Any currently ordained clergyman or religious authority of any religious denomination or society;

 any licentiate of a denominational body or an appointee of any bishop serving as the regular clergyman of any church of the denomination to which the licentiate or appointee belongs, if not restrained from so doing by the discipline of that church or denomination;

 any judge or justice of a court of record;

 any municipal judge of a city of this state; and

  any retired judge or justice of a court of record.

The two parties themselves, by mutual declarations that they take each other as husband and wife, in accordance with the customs, rules and regulations of any religious society, denomination or sect to which either of the parties belong, may be married without an authorized officiating person.

Officiants: Any ordained clergyman of any religious denomination or society may perform marriages. Ministers are required to file credentials or ordination with the judge of a probate court before performing marriages. Minister must return the marriage license and a certificate of marriage to the probate judge who issued the marriage license within 10 days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 6 months.
The license can only be used within the State of Kansas.


KENTUCKY

ID Requirement: Picture id such as Drivers License. Having your Social Security card, Birth Certificate, etc. may be helpful.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Kentucky.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: $34.50 - Cash, Certified Check, Cashier's Check, or Money Order. Fee is non-refundable.

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have the consent of your parents or legal guardian. Custody papers are required if your parents are divorced. The form that you need to have completed is the Consent to Marriage Form (84-FCC-501). It has to be witnessed by two witnesses who are at least 18 years old, signed by your parent or legal guardian, and sworn by the deputy clerk. If you are a pregnant minor you may apply to a district court judge for permission to marry without parental consent. If you are under 16, you must get approval to marry from the District Court. Minors cannot get married in Kentucky if parents or guardians are not residents of Kentucky.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Cousin Marriages: No. Kentucky won't recognize these marriages even if legal in another state.

Common Law Marriages: No. Kentucky does recognize common law marriages legalized by another state.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiants: Marriages may be performed by any minister of the gospel or priests of any denomination with any religious society. Ministers must be licensed before performing marriages. Ministers must return the marriage license and marriage certificate to the county clerk within 3 months after the marriage. It is illegal to solicit marriages.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Kentucky.


LOUISIANA

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license along with
a certified copy of your birth certificates. You should know your Social Security numbers. You should both also know your parent's full name, mother's maiden name, and the states in which you were born.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Louisiana.

Waiting Period: 72 hours. The waiting period can be waived by a judge.

Covenant Marriage: Both parties must apply in person for this license, and premarital counseling is required.

If Divorced: If previously married, you will need to show proof of how the marriage ended, I.E.; a divorce judgment or a death certificate. These must be certified copies.

Fees: $25+ They vary from parish to parish. Some will only take cash.

Other Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: If either party to the marriage is between the ages of 16 and 18, the presence and signatures of both parents are required. If a parent has legal custody in a divorce, a certified copy of the judgment must be presented. If either party is under the age of 16, a court order is required in order to obtain a license.

Proxy Marriages: Both parties need not be present (unless contracting a covenant marriage), but one of the parties must be present to apply for a marriage license. That party must present identification, for the absent party, in the form of a certified birth certificate.

Miscellaneous: Louisiana has passed a Covenant Marriage Act.

Officiants: Ministers of the gospel or priests of any denomination in regular communion with any religious society may perform marriages. Ministers must register with the clerk of the district court of the parish or with the health department if in New Orleans. After performing a marriage, the minister must complete a marriage certificate and return it to the clerk of the district court.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Louisiana.


MAINE

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license along with a certified copy of your birth certificates. You should know your Social Security numbers. You should both also know your parent's full name, mother's maiden name, and the states in which you were born.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Residency Requirement: If both persons reside in the State of Maine, in the same municipality they need to file with their municipal clerk. If both persons reside in the State of Maine, in separate municipalities, they must file with at least ONE municipal clerk, they do not need to file with both. If one party to a marriage is a resident and one party resides outside the State of Maine, then they need to file intentions at the office of the clerk where the resident resides. If both parties to a marriage are non-residents of the State of Maine, then they must file intentions at ANY municipal office in the State of Maine and they are then free to marry anywhere within the state.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Previously Married Persons: Previously married persons must still provide certified documentation showing that their previous marriage has ended and that they are free to marry.

Fees: $10.00 PER PERSON, a total of $20.00. This charge does not include the cost of a certified copy of the marriage certificate after the marriage is solemnized. The bride and groom are responsible to purchase that after the license has been filed. The fees for that are:

 $7.00 at the municipal office level ($3.00 for additional copies ordered at the same time)

 $10.00 at the state level ($4.00 for additional copies ordered at the same time)

Other Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: Applicants must be over 18 years old.
 A license shall not be issued to anyone under the age of 18 without written parental consent.
  A license shall not be issued to anyone under the age of 16 without written parental consent and the written consent of a judge.

Cousin Marriage: Yes. First cousins may marry in Maine provided they present the municipal clerk with a certificate of genetic counseling from a physician.

Officiants: As of July 1, 1981 the Secretary of State's Office no longer requires a license be issued for ministers of the gospel for the purpose of solemnizing marriages in Maine. Currently, Maine relies solely on the language of the law regarding who is authorized to solemnize marriages in Maine. According to Title 19-A M.R.S.A. section 655, the following persons are authorized to perform marriages in Maine:

A. If a resident of this State:

(1) A justice or judge;

(2) A lawyer admitted to the Maine Bar; or

(3) A notary public under Title 4, chapter 19, and

B. Whether a resident or nonresident of this State and whether or not a citizen of the United States:
(1) An ordained minister of the gospel;

(2) A cleric engaged in the service of the religious body to which the cleric belongs; or

(3) A person licensed to preach by an association of ministers, religious seminary or ecclesiastical body.

Other Requirements: Persons are required to provide social security numbers when applying for a Maine marriage license.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Maine.


MARYLAND

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license.
You should know your Social Security numbers. You should
both also know the state and county in which you were born.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Maryland.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

 Marriage license be obtained from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the county where the marriage is to take place.  If, however, it is not convenient for you to visit the Clerk's Office in that county, you may apply using a Non-Resident Affidavit. Affidavits are available online at the Calvert, Kent, and Queen Anne's Circuit Court Clerks' web sites. Or obtain one from either your county or from the county in which you plan to marry.

If Divorced: If previously married, you will need to show proof of how the marriage ended, I.E.; a divorce judgment or a death certificate. These must be certified copies.

Waiting Period: 2 days. The license is issued at the same time the application is taken; however, the license will reflect an effective date of forty-eight hours from the date of issue.

Fees: $35+ - Cash Only.

Other Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: Applicants under the age of 15 may not marry.

 An applicant who is 15 years old may only marry with the consent of a parent or guardian and with a certificate from a licensed physician verifying that an examination of the woman to be married indicated that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child.

 Applicants 16 or 17 years old may only marry with the consent of a parent or guardian who confirms that individual's age or with a certificate from a licensed physician verifying that an examination of the woman to be married indicated that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child.

Common Law Marriages: No. However, the State does recognize common law marriages that are valid in other states.

Civil Marriages: Maryland no longer employs Justices of the Peace to perform civil ceremonies. Instead, Only a Clerk of the Circuit Court or an appointed, designated Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court may perform civil ceremonies. The hours, location and fees for a civil ceremony vary from county to county. Visit the circuit courts website to locate the Clerk of the Circuit Court in your county.

Officiants: Any minister of the gospel authorized by the rules and customs of their church may perform marriages. Minister must complete the marriage license and marriage certificate and give one certificate to the couple. Another certificate and the license must be returned to the clerk of the Court of Common Pleas within five days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 6 months.
The license can only be used within the State of Maryland.


MASSACHUSETTS

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license.
You should know your Social Security numbers.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Massachusetts.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

 This requirement is applicable to both residents and non-residents of the Commonwealth. According to Massachusetts law, you must jointly file intentions to marry, and you may do so with the city or town clerk in any community in the state. If a person is in the military, intentions may be filed by either party, providing one is a Massachusetts resident. If a person is incarcerated in a county house of correction or a state correctional facility, intentions may be filed by either party.

If Divorced: You are not required to present a divorce certificate when filing intentions to marry. However, it is extremely important that an individual who has been divorced be certain that his/her divorce is absolute. If you are uncertain as to the absolute date of your divorce, you should contact the court where the divorce was granted. In Massachusetts, a divorce does not become absolute until 90 days after the divorce nisi has been granted, regardless of the grounds for divorce.

Waiting Period: 3 days. Sundays and holidays are included in the three days, but the day the application is made is not. For example, if you apply on Friday, your license will be issued on or after Monday. Check with your town clerk to determine whether you must pick it up in person, or if it can be mailed.

 Obtaining a Waiver of the Waiting Period: Yes. According to MGL Ch. 207:30, if both parties are residents, or non-residents, or one of each, and they need to dispense with the three days, they may do so by applying to the judge of a probate or district court to have the license issued without delay, after filing intentions with the clerk. Under extraordinary or emergency circumstances, such as if the death of either party is imminent or the female is nearing the end of her pregnancy, an authorized request by a minister or clergyperson or an attending physician shall suffice and the clerk can issue the certificate without delay.

Fees: $4 + - Cash Only. The state statute stipulates a fee of $4 for the license but it allows cities and towns by a vote of their city councils, boards of selectmen or town meeting, or by a change in the by-laws, to set their own fee.

Medical Certificate: Yes. A medical certificate is necessary for each of you unless you obtain a request in writing from a member of the clergy or attending physician stating that the woman is near the termination of her pregnancy or the death of either party is imminent.

 You may obtain medical certificates from any physician licensed to practice in Massachusetts. Blank medical certificates for premarital tests may be obtained by medical practitioners and by out-of-state residents planning to marry in Massachusetts from:

Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
Department of Public Health
305 South Street
Boston, MA 02130
617. 983. 6940

 To download the form: http://www.state.ma.us/dph/cdc/std/divstd.htm

 The Massachusetts Medical Society has a physician referral hotline: 1-800-322-2303.

Medical certificates from other states are valid for both the man and the woman. However, it is the responsibility of the physician to offer the woman a voluntary test for susceptibility to rubella (German measles) and to discuss with each applicant AIDS educational material, facts which are now noted by the physician on the Massachusetts medical certificate form. If the out-of-state certificate does not contain these provisions, the out-of-state physician must note them in a separate letter or a Massachusetts physician must complete those sections of the Massachusetts medical certificate which is then filed with the out-of-state certificate. In the case of out-of-state medical certificates the city or town clerk has the authority to waive the requirements for the discussion of the AIDS educational material.

You may file intentions to marry without your medical certificates. However, the clerk cannot issue your marriage license until you have submitted the medical certificates. If you obtain the medical certificates prior to filing intentions, you must file intentions within 30 days or the medical certificates are no longer valid. Your marriage license, once obtained, is valid for 60 days from the date intentions are filed. Medical certificates which are obtained after the filing of intentions are valid for 60 days from the date intentions are filed, the length of time the marriage license itself is valid.

Under 18: Massachusetts resident may marry if he or she is 18 years of age or older. A birth certificate may be required to show proof of age.

 If either party is under 18, a court order from a probate or district court where the minor resides must be obtained before the marriage intentions can be filed.

Solemnization Authority: Yes, it is possible for a non-minister or non-justice of the peace (such as a relative or family friend) to obtain special permission to perform a marriage from the Governor. Call the Governor's office at 617. 727. 5787 to obtain an application for a one-time special appointment to solemnize a marriage. After approval, a $25 fee is paid to the Commissions Division of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Miscellaneous: If either of the parties has arrived as an immigrant from a foreign country within five days, the application may be filed at any time before the marriage, and the certificate shall be issued at any time after the filing.

Officiants: Ordained ministers of the gospel may perform marriages. Before performing marriages, ministers are required to apply for a certificate from the state. For applications visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website. You must file a copy of your ordination certificate and a statement from the church saying that you are in good standing. Ministers must keep records of all marriages they perform. Also, ministers must return a certificate of the marriage to the town clerk or registrar who issued the marriage license and to the town clerk of the town where the marriage was performed.

Valid: License is valid for 60 days.


MICHIGAN

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license.
You should know your Social Security numbers.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Michigan.

Application Requirement: Applicants intending to marry must obtain a marriage license from the county clerk in the county in which one of the parties lives (or, if both parties are non-residents, in the county where the marriage is to be performed), and deliver it to the person who is to solemnize the marriage, before the marriage can be performed. Both applicants are not required to appear in person at the time of applying. However,
he or she will be required to complete all information about both applicants:

 A photocopy of the front and back of the other person's driver's license.
 Full names;
 addresses, dates and places of birth;
 Bride's name after marriage

Identification requirements vary in each county. A valid drivers license or certified copy of birth certificate may be requested.

Waiting Period: 3 days. The county clerk can waive the 3 day waiting period for "good and sufficient cause shown."

Fees: $20 for residents, and $30 for non-residents. $15.00 of it is allocated for family counseling services. Wayne County is authorized to charge more. A probate court may waive the marriage license fee in cases of undue hardship.

Blood Tests: No tests

Under 18: Applicants 18 years of age may marry without parental consent.

 Applicants 16 years of age may marry with parental or legal guardian written consent.

 Applicants under the age of 15 with parental consent and probate court permission.

Marriage of a Minor: The legal marriage of a minor "shall release such minor from parental control."

Common Law Marriage: No. However, the State does recognize common law marriages that are valid in other states.

Solemnization Authority: Marriages may be solemnized by any of the following:
 Federal, probate, district, and municipal judges, and district court magistrates, in their court area;

 Mayors, in their city;

 Wayne County clerks;

 Ministers of the gospel, anywhere in the state, "if the minister is ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of the denomination, and is a pastor of a church in this state, or continues to preach the gospel in this state";

 Non-resident ministers of the gospel, anywhere in the state, if the minister is authorized to solemnize marriages by his or her state's laws.

Solemnization Form: No particular form or oath is required. The parties merely solemnly declare that they take each other as husband and wife before at least two witnesses and the person officiating. A special law allows "the people called Friends or Quakers" and "people of any other particular denomination, having, as such, any peculiar mode of solemnizing marriages" to solemnize their marriages in their own manner.

Solemnization Fee: Mayors and Wayne County clerks are specifically authorized to collect a fee (set by their city, or county commissioners) for solemnizing marriages. The money is to be turned in to the government. There are no specific provisions concerning fees charged by others.

Certificate: After the wedding ceremony the person who solemnizes the marriage fills in (typed or legibly printed) the certificate with the time and place of the marriage and the names and residences of the two witnesses, and signs it. The part marked "duplicate" is given to the newlyweds, and the original must be mailed to the county clerk that issued it within 10 days. The clerk records the information in a registration book, and mails it on to the the state registrar. The person who performs the marriage must also keep a record ''in a book used expressly for that purpose. The license, when fully filled out, thus serves a "double purpose" and becomes the certificate.

Officiants: A minister of the gospel who is ordained or authorized by his or her church to perform marriages and who is a pastor of a church in this state, or continues to preach the gospel in this state may perform marriages. Ministers must complete a marriage certificate and give one to the couple. Another marriage certificate must be returned to the county clerk who issued the license within 10 days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 33 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Michigan.


MINNESOTA

Identification Requirements: vary in each county. A valid drivers license or certified copy of birth certificate may be requested.

To download the following applications, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Instructions for completing and mailing the applications are included in the forms.

Application for Marriage License

Vitals Statement of Pre-Marital Education

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Minnesota.

Application Requirement: Only one applicant need apply in person.
 Applicant will be required to complete all information about both applicants:
 Full names;
 addresses, dates and places of birth;
 Bride's name after marriage

Waiting Period: 5 days.

Fees: $70 - It's best to take cash, as some counties require 15 working days if you pay by check.

Blood Tests: No tests.

Under 18: Applicants 18 years of age may obtain a license. It is necessary to provide proof of age.

 Applicants between the ages of 15 and 18 must have the consent of a parent, guardian or the judge of juvenile court.

 Applicants younger than 15 needs the written consent of a parent of guardian and the consent of a juvenile court judge.

Common Law Marriage: No. However, the State does recognize common law marriages that are valid in other states.

Solemnization Authority: Marriages may be solemnized by any of the following:
 The officials authorized to solemnize marriages include judges, clerks of court, and licensed ministers, priests or rabbis. In some counties there is a court commissioner who is authorized to officiate at marriage ceremonies. There are also special provisions for marriage between members of the Bahai, Hindu, Quaker and American Indian religious groups.

Valid: License is valid for 6 months days.
The license can only be used within the State of Minnesota.


MISSISSIPPI

ID Requirement: Picture id such as Drivers License. Having your Social Security card, Birth Certificate, etc. may be helpful. Bring some friends with you, because witnesses need to sign your application, too.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Mississippi.

Previous Marriages: You need to know the date (mm/dd/yy) and how the last marriage ended. If it was within the last 6 months, you will need to bring proof of the divorce that can be left with the Clerk.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: $22 - Cash Only.

Blood Tests: Blood test within 30 days showing that both applicants are free from syphilis. The results can be from any laboratory (in state or out of state) that is authorized to do pre-marital syphilis testing and is registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Under 21: Parental consent is needed if under 21 years of age. If parents or guardians do not give consent at time of application, they will be notified via certified mail. The marriage application will be held for three (3) days. Marriage licenses cannot be issued to males under 17, or females under 15 years of age. If the clerk receives a signed authorization from the parents, this minimum age requirement can be waived.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Common Law Marriage: No.

Cousin Marriages: No.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiants: Any ordained minister of the gospel who is in good standing with his or her church may perform marriages. Ministers must send a certificate of marriage to the clerk who issued the marriage license within three months after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Mississippi.


MISSOURI

ID Requirement: Picture id such as Drivers License, and Social Security card.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Missouri.

Previous Marriages: Applicants must provide the date their last marriage ended and must wait at least 30 days after the divorce is final before applying for a marriage license.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear together before the Recorder of Deeds of any Missouri county and apply for a marriage license.

Waiting Period: 3 days. The three-day waiting period can be waived with approval of a judge if special conditions make an earlier marriage "advisable."

Fees: $50 plus a $1 fee for each parental consent. No Refunds - Cash Only.

Blood Tests: No tests

Under 18: A person under age 18 cannot marry without the consent of the custodial parent or guardian.

 A person under age 15 cannot marry without approval of a judge in the county where the marriage license is sought. The statute states that the judge should grant approval only upon a showing of "good cause" and that unusual conditions make the marriage "advisable." Persons lacking mental capacity to consent to marriage cannot marry without court approval.

Solemnization Authority: Within the 30-day period after the marriage license is issued, the marriage must be "solemnized" by one of the following:

 A clergyman or clergywoman, active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in Missouri;

 A Circuit Court or Associate Circuit Court judge (who are prohibited by a Missouri Constitutional provision from receiving any compensation for the service);

 A religious society, institution or organization in Missouri of which either marriage party is a member, in accordance with the organization's regulations and customs.

Within 90 days after the marriage ceremony, the person solemnizing the marriage must complete the marriage certificate issued with the marriage license and return it to the office of the issuing Recorder. Lack of witnesses does not render a marriage invalid. However, two witnesses can submit an affidavit that the marriage ceremony took place if the certificate is lost or destroyed and the person who solemnized the marriage is unavailable.

Common Law Marriage: No. However, Missouri law does recognize the validity of common-law marriages entered into in Missouri before 1921, as well as common-law marriages contracted in other states which permit them.

Cousin Marriages: No.

Proxy Marriages: Yes.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiants: Marriages may be performed by any clergyman who is a citizen of the United States and who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in this state. Ministers must keep a record of all marriages they perform. They must give the couple a marriage certificate and must complete the marriage license and return it to the recorder of deeds within 90 days after the marriage license was issued.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Missouri.


MONTANA

ID Requirement: Picture id such as Drivers License, and certified copy of birth certificate.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Montana.

If Divorced: A certified copy of the divorce decree is required.

Application Requirement: License applications can be obtained from the Clerk of the District Court in any Montana county. Complete applications cannot be filed by mail; both parties must be present in front of the Clerk. If both parties are non-residents of Montana, obtain the license application from the Clerk in the county in which the ceremony will be performed. If one party is a non-resident, his/her part can be sworn to or affirmed in the county and state in which he/she resides.

Waiting Period: No waiting period unless under the age of 18.

Fees: $30.25 - Cash Only.

Blood Tests: The bride is required to take a blood test for rubella.

Under 18: If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have the consent of both parents unless only one parent has legal custody of you. Proof of age must be in the form of a certified copy of your birth certificate. Both of you, as a couple, will also have to attend at least two counseling sessions that are at least 10 days apart. This has to be done with a designated counselor who will then have to provide a letter that states the names of the couple, their ages, the dates of the counseling sessions, and what the counselor thinks about their possible marriage. Then judicial consent signed by a district court judge must be given for the Clerk of court's office to issue a marriage license. No one 15 years of age or younger may marry in Montana.

 No one 15 years of age or younger may marry in Montana.

40-1-301. Solemnization and Registration:
     (1) A marriage may be solemnized by a judge of a court of record, by a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, by a mayor, city judge, or justice of the peace, by a tribal judge, or in accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious denomination, Indian nation or tribe, or native group. Either the person solemnizing the marriage or, if no individual acting alone solemnized the marriage, a party to the marriage shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the clerk of the district court.

     (2) If a party to a marriage is unable to be present at the solemnization, he may authorize in writing a third person to act as his proxy. If the person solemnizing the marriage is satisfied that the absent party is unable to be present and has consented to the marriage, he may solemnize the marriage by proxy. If he is not satisfied, the parties may petition the district court for an order permitting the marriage to be solemnized by proxy.

     (3) The solemnization of the marriage is not invalidated by the fact that the person solemnizing the marriage was not legally qualified to solemnize it, if either party to the marriage believed him to be so qualified.

History: En. 48-309 by Sec. 9, Ch. 536, L. 1975; amd. Sec. 9, Ch. 33, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 48-309(1), (2), (4); amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 247, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 348, L. 1985.

Solemnization Authority: Within the 30-day period after the marriage license is issued, the marriage must be "solemnized" by one of the following:

 A clergyman or clergywoman, active or retired, who is in good standing with any church or synagogue in Missouri;

 A Circuit Court or Associate Circuit Court judge (who are prohibited by a Missouri Constitutional provision from receiving any compensation for the service);

 A religious society, institution or organization in Missouri of which either marriage party is a member, in accordance with the organization's regulations and customs.

Within 90 days after the marriage ceremony, the person solemnizing the marriage must complete the marriage certificate issued with the marriage license and return it to the office of the issuing Recorder. Lack of witnesses does not render a marriage invalid. However, two witnesses can submit an affidavit that the marriage ceremony took place if the certificate is lost or destroyed and the person who solemnized the marriage is unavailable.

Proxy Marriages: Yes. 

Officiants: Ministers of the gospel of any denomination may perform marriages. Ministers must complete and return a marriage certificate to the clerk of the district court within 30 days after the marriage. Also the minister must provide marriage certificates to the bride and groom upon request.

Valid: License is valid for 180 days. Marriage licenses are like cream; if you don't use it straight away, eventually it will go sour. Montana marriage licenses expire after 6 Months. If your license expires before you wed, you can reapply for another license.

While the record that a marriage occurred is public in Montana, the personal information about the bride and groom contained in the marriage license application is confidential and generally available only to immediate family members.
The license can only be used within the State of Montana.

Additional details of the license requirements are available in the Montana Codes Annotated, Title 40 Family Law, Chapter 1 Marriage.


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