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MARRIAGE LAWS/REQUIREMENTS BY STATE

NEBRASKA thru RHODE ISLAND

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


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NEBRASKA

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license or passport. Social Security numbers are required also.

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

If Married Previously: The date the previous marriage ended (Court date or date of death).

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

  You will be asked to provide the names of your parents (including mother's maiden name), and your parent's birthplaces.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: $15 in cash or local check.

Blood Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 19: A notarized consent form must be signed by the person's legal guardian giving consent to the marriage of the minor.

 Nebraska will not issue a marriage license if either applicant is under 17 years of age.

Officiants: Any ordained clergyman whatsoever, without regard to the sect to which they belong may perform marriages. At the time of the marriage the officiant will give the couple the completed Keepsake and return the completed License and Certificate of Marriage to the County Clerk in which County the license was obtained.

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


NEVADA

If you want a fast and easy marriage, Las Vegas is the spot!

ID Requirement Valid picture identification.
Acceptable identification includes:
  Valid Driver's License
  Valid Identification Card from DMV
  Valid Passport
  Valid Military ID
  Resident Alien card
  Certified or original Birth Certificate.
  If a foreign birth certificate, it must be translated into English and notarized.

  You need to know your social security number, too!

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

If Divorced: Your divorce must be final. You need to know the date (month, year) of your divorce, and the location (city and state) where you were divorced.

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

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: $35.00 - $42.00 (depends on County) - Cash Only.

Blood Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have one parent or legal guardian present. A notarized written permission is also acceptable. It must be written in English and needs to state the name, birth date, age of the minor child, along with the relationship of the person giving consent. The notary must note that the parent or guardian personally appeared before or was subscribed and sworn to. If you are under 16, marriage can be authorized only by court order when the request has been filed by either parent or legal guardian.

Proxy Marriages: No. Both parties must be present.

Cousin Marriages: Not nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half blood.

Miscellaneous: Requirements for U.S. citizens and Non U.S. citizens are the same.

Officiants: Any ordained minister in good standing with his denomination, whose denomination is incorporated or organized or established in the State of Nevada may perform marriages. Ministers are required to complete a complicated procedure to obtain a certificate of permissions to perform marriages. Among other requirements, the applicant's ministry must be primarily one of service to his congregation or denomination and his performance of marriages must be incidental to such service.

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


NEW HAMPSHIRE

ID Requirement Valid picture identification.
Acceptable identification includes:
  Valid Driver's License
  Valid Identification Card from DMV
  Valid Passport
  Valid Military ID
  Resident Alien card
  Certified or original Birth Certificate.
  If a foreign birth certificate, it must be translated into English and notarized.

  You need to know your social security number, too!

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of New Hampshire.
  However, if both parties reside outside of the state the marriage intentions must be filed with the clerk of the same city or town where you plan to be married.

  If one of the parties reside in the state, the marriage intentions must be filed with the clerk of the city or town where the resident lives. If both parties reside in New Hampshire in different cities/towns, the intentions can filed at either location. However, only one filing is required. This license may be used anywhere within the state BUT it must be returned by the officiant after the marriage to the clerk who issued the license. A license is valid for a period of 90 days from the date of filing. If license is not used for some reason, it must be returned to clerk who issued it.

  Anyone resident or not can obtain a license anywhere in the state and be married anywhere in the state.

  After the marriage ceremony is performed the officiant will provide the couple with the contracting parties copy of the marriage certificate. This is strictly a "souvenir" copy until brought to the clerk of issuance and certified by him/her free of charge.

  This certificate then becomes a legal document.

  The certification cannot take place until the clerk has in his/her possession the completed copy of the certificate from the officiant. Permit adequate time (approximately two weeks) for this to take place before requesting this service.

If Divorced: Provide certified copies of divorce and/or death certificates for any previous marriages.

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

Waiting Period: 3 days.

Fees: $45 - Cash Only.

Blood Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: Applicants who has reached the age of 18 can marry without parental consent.

  A female between the age of 13 and 17 years and a male between the age of 14 and 17 years can be married only with the permission of their parent (guardian) and a waiver (See Waiver).

  A female below the age of 13 and a male below the age of 14 are not allowed to marry under any conditions.

The above regulations on age apply to New Hampshire residents or to a non-resident who desires to marry a resident. If both parties are non-residents and are below the age of 18 they cannot be married in N.H. under any conditions.

Waivers: When "good and special cause" is shown waivers may be obtained which can alter certain requirements.

 Age: When either of the applicants is not yet 18 years of age but meets the minimum age requirements (See Age) whether a resident or marrying a resident of this state, when joined in the request by their parents or guardian, he/she may request and obtain permission to marry by applying to a justice of the superior court or to the judge of probate where one of the parties resides within N.H.

 Waiting period: This requirement can be waived on application to a justice of the superior court or judge of probate within the county where the marriage is to take place

Proxy Marriages: No. Both parties must be present.

Cousin Marriages: No.

Solemnization Authority: In the state of New Hampshire marriages may be performed by:
  A Justice of the Peace commissioned in New Hampshire and in good standing;
  An ordained clergyman, resident in New Hampshire who is in good standing with his congregation.

Special permission is required for an non-ordained clergyman:
  An ordained clergyman, who is not a resident of New Hampshire. Must obtain a special    license which can be used only for that particular marriage;

 Jewish Rabbis or Quakers;

  No one can marry him/herself. Witnesses are not required but permitted, if desired.

Questions and applications relative to solemnization licenses should be addressed directly to the Secretary of State, 603. 271-3244. $5.00 is charged for the license issued to out-of-state clergymen.

Uniform Marriage Recognition Law: If a N.H. resident goes to another state to get married to avoid N.H. requirements of if a nonresident comes to New Hampshire to avoid their state's requirements such a marriage will be declared null and void with the same effect as though such prohibited marriage had been entered into in the state of residence.

Officiants: Marriages may be performed by any ordained minister of the gospel who resides in the state and is in good standing with his church. Ministers not residing in the state may obtain permission to perform a marriage upon application to the Secretary of State. Ministers must send a copy of the marriage certificate to the town clerk.


NEW JERSEY

ID Requirement Some towns will require proof of residency.
Any of the following documents will be accepted:
  Valid Driver's License
  A Lease
  A Tax Return

Residency Requirement: None. However, requirements may vary from county to county.

Application Requirement: Applications for NJ marriage licenses must be obtained at the municipal office in the bride's town. If the bride does not live in the state of New Jersey, you can apply at the municipal office of the groom's town. If both the bride and groom are from out of state, apply at the municipal office of the town where the ceremony will take place.

If Divorced: If either the man or woman was married before, they must show that they have gotten divorced or had the previous marriage annulled.

Fees: $28.00 - Cash Only.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

Blood Tests: No tests.

Under 18: Applicants must both be at least 18 years old, with one exception.

 Applicants under 18 can marry if both parents consent to the marriage. The consent must be given under oath in front of two witnesses.

 Male: 16 or younger parties may marry with parental consent and/or permission of judge. Younger parties may obtain license in case of pregnancy or birth of child.

 Female: 16 or younger parties may marry with parental consent and/or permission of judge. Younger parties may obtain license in case of pregnancy or birth of child.

Marriage Ceremony: The marriage ceremony can be performed by:
 Any Federal, State, Municipal judge or magistrate (even if they are retired);
 Any county clerk;
 Any mayor or deputy mayor of a town;
 Chairman of any township committee;
 Any religious minister.

The individual performing the ceremony should file the license with the registrar in the municipality where the marriage took place within 5 days of the wedding.

Officiants: Every minister of every religion may perform marriages. Ministers must complete a certificate of marriage and return it to the county clerk.

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


NEW MEXICO

The cost of a marriage license is $25 (soon going up to $40), which must be paid in cash.

 

  1. Marriage License information line: 505. 768. 4314.

     

  2. Both applicants need to be present.

     

  3. Both need to be at least 18 years of age.

     

  4. Both need current legal pictured ID, or birth certificate.

     

  5. Both need proof of Social Security number.

     

  6. Couples living in foreign countries need a passport.

     

  7. Parental consent if 16 or 17 years of age.

     

  8. Court order if 15 years of age.

     

  9. No medical exam or waiting period is required.

     

  10. Marriage licenses are issued and valid immediately.

     

  11. Marriage licenses do not expire.

     

  12. License purchased in any New Mexico county, can be used state-wide.

     

  13. Marriage license must be brought to the ceremony to be signed by two witnesses and the minister.

     

  14. A Justice of the Peace is normally a Magistrate Judge, Municipal Judge, or Probate Judge may perform a ceremony. Including, a District Judge upon request. Any person credentialed by a religious society can perform a marriage in the State of New Mexico.

NEW YORK

ID Requirement Any of the following documents will be accepted:
  Valid Driver's License
  Valid passport
  A certified copy of a birth certificate.
  A school record
  A naturalization record or court record
  A baptismal record
  A life insurance policy
  An employment certificate
  An immigration record

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

Application Requirement: A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license to any town or city clerk in the state. The application for a license must be signed by both the bride and groom in the presence of the town or city clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the bride or groom. This applies even if the representative has been given the Power of Attorney. Notarized marriage license affidavits signed by the bride or groom cannot be substituted for their personal appearance.

If Divorced: Information regarding previous marriages must be furnished in the application for a marriage license. This includes whether the former spouse or spouses are living, and whether the applicants are divorced and, if so, when, where and against whom the divorce or divorces were granted. A certified copy of the Decree of Divorce or a Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage may be required by the clerk issuing the marriage license.

Fees: If the marriage license is issued by a town or city clerk in New York State outside of New York City, it costs $25. If it is issued by the City Clerk of the City of New York, it costs $30. The fee in either case includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. This certificate is automatically sent by the issuing clerk to the applicants within 15 days after the completed license is returned by the officiant (person who performs the marriage ceremony). It serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file. Couples who do not receive a Certificate of Marriage Registration within four weeks of the wedding should contact the town or city clerk who issued the license.

Waiting Period: Yes. Although the marriage license is issued immediately, the marriage ceremony may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued. When both applicants are 16 years of age or older, the 24-hour waiting period may be waived by an order of a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the County Court of the county in which either the bride or groom resides. If either person is under 16 years of age, the order must be from the Family Court judge of the county in which the person under 16 years of age resides.

Blood Tests: No premarital examination or blood test is required to obtain a marriage license in New York State.

Under 18: If either applicant is under 14 years of age, a marriage license cannot be issued. If either applicant is 14 or 15 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents and a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the Family Court having jurisdiction over the town or city in which the application is made.
If either applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents. If both applicants are 18 years of age or older, no consents
are required.

One parent alone may consent to a minor's marriage if: The other parent has been missing for one year preceding the application; The parents are divorced and the consenting parent was given sole custody of the child when the divorce decree was awarded; The other parent has been judged incompetent; or the other parent is deceased. Parents, guardians or other people consenting to the marriage of a minor must personally appear and acknowledge or execute their consent before the town or city clerk or some other authorized official. If the notarized affidavit is made before an official outside of the State of New York, it must be accompanied by a certificate of authentication when the consent is filed in New York State.

Familial Restrictions: A marriage may not take place in New York State between an ancestor and descendant, a brother and sister (full or half blood), an uncle and niece or an aunt and nephew, regardless of whether or not these persons are legitimate or illegitimate offspring.

Surname Options: Every person has the right to adopt any name by which he or she wishes to be known simply by using that name consistently and without intent to defraud. A person's last name (surname) does not automatically change upon marriage, and neither party to the marriage is required to change his or her last name. The bride and groom need not take the same last name.

One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the surname by which he or she wishes to be known after the marriage by entering the new name in the appropriate space provided on the marriage license. The new name must consist of one of the following options: the surname of the other spouse; any former surname of either spouse; a name combining into a single surname all or a segment of the pre-marriage surname or any former surname of each spouse; a combination name separated by a hyphen, provided that each part of such combination surname is the pre-marriage surname, or any former surname, of each of the spouses.

The use of this option will provide a record of your change of name. The marriage certificate, containing the new name, if any, is proof that the use of the new name, or the retention of the former name, is lawful. The local Social Security Administration office should be contacted so that its records and your social security identification card reflect the name change. This way, you will get credit for all your earnings. There is no charge for this service.

Whether you decide to use or not use this option at the time of your marriage license application, you still have the right to adopt a different name through usage at some future date. However, your marriage license cannot be changed to record a surname you decide to use after your marriage.

Marriage Ceremony: For one reason or another some couples have a civil ceremony performed while preparing or waiting for a religious ceremony. The Officiant of the subsequent religious ceremony may require that a license be presented before performing the ceremony. In that case a couple already legally married may apply for a second or subsequent license. As is the case with the first ceremony, the issuing Town or City will once again issue a Certificate of Marriage Registration. (As a point of interest, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia require that there must be a religious ceremony, and although there is no particular form of ceremony required by law the parties must consent to the marriage and express their intent to enter into the relationship of husband and wife.)

Components of a License: There are 3 parts to the marriage license:
 an Affidavit: The Affidavit portion is a written declaration made under oath before a town or city clerk attesting to the truth of the information provided. It reads, "I, being duly sworn, depose and say, that to the best of my knowledge and belief that the information I provided is true and that I declare that no legal impediment exists as to my right to enter into the marriage state." Providing false information, such as not reporting a previous marriage not been legally dissolved through either divorce or annulment, is one such example. Not only is this an act of perjury (intentional lying under oath) but the subsequent ceremony would make the offender guilty of bigamy as well.

 the License: The License portion authorizes the marriage ceremony to take place by any person authorized to do so in 11 of New York Domestic Relations Law. This person is generically referred to as the Officiant. As previously mentioned, this may be issued for a second or subsequent ceremony, usually religious.

  the Certificate of Marriage: The Certificate portion is filled in by the Officiant. It states, "I certify that I solemnized the marriage of the persons named above on the date and at the time and place indicated." -- Except the 5 boroughs of NYC in which the license is different.

The Officiant of a marriage ceremony is required by law to return the completed "Affidavit, License and Certificate of Marriage" within five days succeeding the date of the ceremony. Failure to do so may result in a penalty of not less than $25 nor more than $50 for each and every offense.

Penalty for Clergyman or Officer Violating Article: If any clergyman or other person authorized by the laws of New York State to perform marriage ceremonies shall solemnize or presume to solemnize any marriage between any parties without a license being presented to him or them as herein provided or with knowledge that either party is legally incompetent to contract matrimony as is provided for in this article he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year. (Article 3, 17 DRL, NYS). (As a point of interest, There are penalties provided by statute against the officer who issues a marriage license unlawfully or against a person who performs a ceremony when he is without authority to do so. The law of Nevada, for example, states that a person who undertakes to join others in marriage, knowing that he is not lawfully authorized to do so or that there is a legal impediment to the marriage, is subject to a fine and imprisonment. These penalties do not apply to the parties who have been so married. As stated in the Maine statute: a marriage solemnized before a known resident of the state professing to be duly authorized is not invalid because of lack of authority, nor is the marriage invalidated by omission or informality in entering intention of marriage, provided the marriage is in other respects lawful and is consummated with full belief of either party that they are lawfully married.)


To be valid, a marriage ceremony must be performed by any of the individuals specified in Section 11 of the New York State Domestic Relations Law. These include:

 the mayor of a city or village;

  the city clerk or one of the deputy city clerks of a city of more than one million inhabitants;

  a marriage officer appointed by the town or village board or the city common council;

  a justice or judge of the following courts: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern or Western Districts of New York, the NYS Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division of the NYS Supreme Court, the NYS Supreme Court, the Court of Claims, the Family Court, a Surrogates Court, the Civil and Criminal Courts of New York City (including Housing Judges of the Civil Court) and other courts of record; a village, town or county justice;

  a member of the clergy or minister who has been officially ordained and granted authority to perform marriage ceremonies from a governing church body in accordance with the rules and regulations of the church body; a member of the clergy or minister who is not authorized by a governing church body but who has been chosen by a spiritual group to preside over their spiritual affairs;

  other officiants as specified by Section 11 of the Domestic Relations Law.

The person performing the ceremony must be registered with the City of New York in order to perform a ceremony within the New York City limits. The officiant does not have to be a resident of New York State. Ship captains are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in New York State.

Officiants: Marriages may be Performed by a clergyman or minister of any religion. However, a 1972 court case said that in order for a marriage to be valid, the minister must have an actual church or at least a stated meeting place for worship or any form of religious observance. Ministers do not have to be licensed except that before performing marriages in New York City, the minister must register his or her name and address in the office of the city clerk of the city of New York. Ministers must complete a marriage certificate and return it to the town or city clerk who issued the marriage license within 5 days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 60 days.
A New York State marriage license may be used within New York State only. Please note that if you go out of New York State to be married, your New York State marriage license will not be filed in New York State.

For marriage licenses issued in New York City, do not apply to the New York State Department of Health. You must apply to the borough office of the City Clerk of New York in the borough where the license was issued. The fee is $15 per copy.
Write to the City Clerk of New York:

Manhattan:
Municipal Building, New York, New York 10007

Bronx:
780 Grand Concourse, New York, New York 10457

Brooklyn:
Municipal Building, Brooklyn, New York 11202

Queens:
20-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, Jamaica,
New York 11424

Staten Island Borough (no longer called Richmond):
Borough Hall, St. George, Staten Island, New York 10301


NORTH CAROLINA

ID Requirement: Picture ID is required of each, i.e. Drivers License or certified copy of Birth Certificate.

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

If Divorced: If the bride or groom has been divorced, he or she must know the month and year of the last divorce. If there has been a divorce within the last 60 days, the state requires a copy of the divorce decree signed by the judge.

Application Requirement: Both parties to a marriage should appear in person to obtain the license. If one of the parties is unable to appear, the other party to the marriage must appear in person and present a sworn and notarized affidavit from the other member of the party, prior to the issuance of the license. Affidavit forms are available in the Register of Deeds Office.

North Carolina law requires all applicants to show proof of a Social Security number, or documentary proof of their Social Security number, i.e. W-2 form, payroll stub, or a statement from the Social Security Office stating their Social Security number.
If a Social Security number has never been issued or the applicant is not eligible for a Social Security number, the applicant will be required to present a completed affidavit, signed and notarized, at the time of applying for the marriage license. The affidavit form is available in the Register of Deeds Office.

Under 18: All applicants, including those not present, must provide a form of identification.

  Applicants 21 and over may use a valid driver's license, valid Military I.D, State ID, passport or certified birth certificate.

  Applicants 18 to 20 must present a certified copy of their birth certificate. Applicants 16 and 17 must present a consent form signed by the parent, individual, agency or institution having legal custody or serving as the legal guardian of the underage party. A certified copy of the birth certificate is also required. The consent form must be notarized.

 Applicants 14 and 15 must provide a certified copy of the court order authorizing the marriage. A certified copy of the birth certificate is also required.

A marriage license may not be issued to applicants under 14 years of age.

Fees: $50 - Cash Only.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Blood Tests: No tests.

Marriage Ceremony: Marriage ceremonies may be either religious or civil.

 A religious ceremony is performed by an ordained minister.

 A civil ceremony is conducted by a magistrate, the only civil officer authorized to   perform marriages.

There must be two witnesses at any marriage ceremony, whether it is civil or religious.

Common Law Marriage: Common law marriage, which is recognized in some states, involves a couple living together and holding themselves out to everyone as man and wife. Even though there is no marriage ceremony or certificate, this marriage is considered valid in those states that recognize common law marriage. North Carolina is not one of those states, and no amount of living together in this state can result in a valid marriage, without a valid marriage ceremony.

Cousin Marriage: Yes. First cousins MAY marry, but DOUBLE first cousins may not. Double first cousins are very rare, as the couple have to be related as cousins through both parents.

Same Sex Marriage: No.

Officiants: Any ordained minister of any faith who is authorized to perform marriages by his church may do so. Ministers must complete the marriage license and return it to the register of deeds who issued it.

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


NORTH DAKOTA

ID Requirement: Picture ID is required of each, i.e. Drivers License or certified copy of Birth Certificate.

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

If previously married: State Law requires that we receive a certified copy of the Divorce Decree to keep with the Marriage License Application.

If widowed: State Law requires that we receive a plain copy of the Death Certificate of the deceased spouse.

Application Requirement: Both parties to a marriage should appear in person to obtain the license.

Under 18: If a person is between sixteen and eighteen years of age, a marriage license may not be issued without the consent of the parents or guardian. This requires a notarized statement. (This form available at the office that issues Marriage License).

A marriage license may not be issued to any person below the age of sixteen, notwithstanding the consent of the parents or guardian of said person.

Fees: $35 - Cash Only.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Blood Tests: No tests.

Common Law Marriage: No.

Cousin Marriage: No.

Same Sex Marriage: No.

Officiants: Ordained ministers of the gospel and priests of every church may perform marriages. Ministers must file a certificate of marriage with the county judge who issued the license within 5 days after the marriage. Certificates must also be given to the persons married.

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


OHIO

ID Requirement: Government issued ID such as drivers license, visa, passport, state ID. You need to know your social security numbers.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Ohio. You must apply in the county in which you want to get married.

If previously married: Bring certified copy of divorce decree or a copy of deceased spouse's death certificate.

Application Requirement: Both parties to a marriage should appear in person to obtain the license.

Fees: $40+ depending on county - Cash only. Some counties accept money orders.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Blood Tests: No tests.

Under 21: If you are 18 to 21 years of age, you will need to show your birth certificate. Persons aged 16-17 must have consent to marry from parents or legal guardians and may have to contact the Probate Court. Additionally, the Judge may require the minors to state that they have received marriage counseling that is satisfactory to the court. Section 3101.05 also mentions how the court will deal with a pregnant minor.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Common Law Marriage: Yes and No. A Common Law marriage entered into in Ohio before October 10, l991 constitutes a valid, legal marriage in Ohio. After October 10, l991, new Common Law marriages are prohibited in Ohio.

The six essential elements of a Common Law marriage in Ohio are:

  1. a mutual agreement of marriage "in praesenti" (presently);

  2. made by persons competent to marry;

  3. followed by cohabitation (including a sexual consummation of the marriage);

  4. a holding out to the public that the parties are actually husband and wife;

  5. a reputation in the community that the parties are husband and wife; and

  6. that the Common Law marriage was entered into before October 10, l991.

Cousin Marriage: No.

Same Sex Marriage: No.

Officiants: Any ordained or licensed minister of any religious society or congregation within this state may perform marriages. Before performing a marriage, ministers must present their ordination credentials to the probate judge of any county. The judge will provide the minister with a license to perform marriages. The minister must then present his license to the probate judge in any county in which he performs a marriage. Ministers must send a certificate of marriage to the probate judge of the county which issued the marriage license within 30 days after the marriage.

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


OKLAHOMA

ID Requirement: Drivers License or certified birth certificate or passport and his or her Social Security number.

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

If previously married: Bring certified copy of divorce decree
or a copy of deceased spouse's death certificate.

Application Requirement: Both parties to a marriage should appear in person to obtain the license.

Fees: $25 - cash or money order only. Couples who take a premarital counseling course "conducted by a health professional or an official representative of a religious institution" will be charged only $5 for a marriage license.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Blood Tests: Must have Oklahoma blood test within 30 days from a state approved laboratory.

Under 18: Parents must appear at the courthouse with the couple to sign a consent form. Minors must wait three days before the marriage license is valid.

Proxy Marriages: No. Both parties must be present.

Common Law Marriage: No.

Cousin Marriage: No.

Officiants: Ordained ministers of the gospel of any denomination who are at least 18 years of age may perform marriages. Ministers must file a copy of their credentials with the county clerk before performing marriages. Ministers must complete a certificate of marriage and return it to the clerk or judge who issued the marriage license.

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


OREGON

ID Requirement: Drivers License or certified birth certificate or passport and his or her Social Security number.

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

If previously married: A license can be issued one day after the final date of a divorce. The final divorce date is required on the marriage license application.

Application Requirement: Both parties to a marriage should appear in person to obtain the license.

Fees: $60 - Cash Only.

  There are no exceptions or waivers to the license fee.

  No extensions or refunds are made once the license is issued.

Waiting Period: 3 days. There is a three day waiting period from the day the license is issued until it can be used.

Blood Tests: No test.

Under 18: Anyone not yet 17 years of age cannot be legally married in the State of Oregon. A seventeen year-old can be married if they have the parent's or guardian's consent. Parent and guardian consent forms are available from the County Recording Office.

 If you are seventeen and have resided within Washington County for at least six months, and no parent or guardian resides in the State of Oregon, you may be married if you have an affidavit signed by someone other than the bride or groom stating these facts. Affidavit forms are available from the County Recording Office.

Legal age for marriage in the State of Oregon for both bride and groom is 18.

Marriage Ceremony: Marriage ceremonies may be performed by the following:
  Judges

  Justices of Peace

  County Clerks or their Deputies within appointing county

  Persons appointed to perform the ceremony by a congregation having regular meetings in the state (i.e., ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis).

Proxy Marriages: No. Both parties must be present.

Common Law Marriage: No.

Cousin Marriage: No.

Officiants: Ministers of any church organized, carrying on its work, and having congregations in this state may perform marriages in this state if authorized by their church to do so. Before performing marriages, ministers must file their credentials with the county clerk of the county in which they reside or in which the marriage is to be performed. Ministers must give the bride and groom a marriage certificate upon request. Also, the minister must send a marriage certificate to the county clerk who issued the marriage license within one month after the marriage.

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


PENNSYLVANIA

ID Requirement: Drivers License and Social Security number.

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

If previously married: Applicants who have been previously married must provide the following information concerning the dissolution of the most recent marriage.

 Divorces: Must present decree. If maiden name has been resumed, must present that document.

 Annulments: The same information as is required for divorces.

 Widowed: The date of death of the deceased spouse.

Application Requirement: Both parties to a marriage should appear in person to obtain the license.

Fees: $40 - Cash Only.

  There are no exceptions or waivers to the license fee.

  No extensions or refunds are made once the license is issued.

Waiting Period: 3 days. There is a three day waiting period from the day the license is issued until it can be used.

Blood Tests: No test.

Under 18: If under 18 years of age applicants may marry with consent of a parent or guardian. Applicants must present Birth Certificate plus an additional $5.00

  If Under 16 years of age with the approval of a Judge of the Orphans Court, as well as parent or guardian.

Legal age for marriage in the State of Pennsylvania for both bride and groom is 18.

Marriage Ceremony: Marriage ceremonies may be performed by the following:
  Judges

  Justices of Peace

  County Clerks or their Deputies within appointing county

  Persons appointed to perform the ceremony by a congregation having regular meetings in the state (i.e., ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis).

Proxy Marriages: No. Both parties must be present.

Common Law Marriage: No.

Cousin Marriage: No.

Officiants: Ministers of any church organized, carrying on its work, and having congregations in this state may perform marriages in this state if authorized by their church to do so. Before performing marriages, ministers must file their credentials with the county clerk of the county in which they reside or in which the marriage is to be performed. Ministers must give the bride and groom a marriage certificate upon request. Also, the minister must send a marriage certificate to the county clerk who issued the marriage license within one month after the marriage.

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


RHODE ISLAND

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom, personally, must sign the marriage license in the presence of the City or Town Clerk or his/her assistant, attesting to the truth of the information listed thereon. No information on the marriage license may be changed by the bride or groom after the marriage license is issued. If any information is in error, the bride or groom should contact the state registrar after the marriage record has been filed.

Fees: $24 - Cash Only.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Blood Tests: No test.

Under 18: A Minor's Permit to marry (VS 10) must be completed if a female applicant is 16 or 17 years of age. The permit must be signed and notarized in the presence of the City or Town Clerk or any clerk employed in that office. If this is not possible, contact the State Office of Vital Records for instructions.

 A female under age 16 and a male under age 18 cannot secure a marriage license in the State of Rhode Island without the approval of the Family Court.

  Applicants must be 18 or older to obtain a marriage license.

Solemnization of Marriage: The solemnization of marriage shall be in the presence of at least two witnesses (who have reached the age of majority), in addition to the officiant at the marriage.

Proxy Marriages: No. Both parties must be present.

Common Law Marriage: No.

Cousin Marriage: Yes. A man can not marry his aunt, but can marry his cousin. A woman, by the way, may marry her uncle providing she is Jewish.

Officiants: Everyone who has been, or is, the minister of any society professing to meet for religious purposes, or incorporated for the promotion of such purposes, and holding stated and regular services, and who has been ordained according to the customs and usages of such society may perform marriages. Ministers must obtain a license from the city or town clerk before performing marriages. Ministers must endorse and return the marriage license to the town or city clerk in which the marriage was performed.

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


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