Applying for a marriage license can be confusing andis certainly not one of the most enjoyable aspects of planning your wedding, but it is a necessary one; without a marriage license, your marriage will not be officially recognized. But, don’t fret! Intertwined Events is here to help you with a how to get a marriage license guide!

How To Get A Marriage License

Here is what you need to know:

  • You and your soon-to-be-spouse must both be present during the application process
  • You need to bring:

-Specific identification information; for most states this is simply a drivers license, passport, or state ID card

-You may need a birth certificate, proof of divorce, or blood test

-Payment in the form of cash, personal check or money order

  • To avoid delays, discuss the name in which you will go by after the marriage before going to the office
  • IMPORTANT: Your marriage license is only valid for 90 days so plan your appointment accordingly to ensure it will not expire prior to your wedding date
  • You will need to be married by a judge, county clerk, priest, minister or rabbi with a witness present; many larger cities can perform the marriage ceremony at City Hall for an additional fee
  • On the day of the wedding, you will need the marriage license to be signed by your Officiant as well as a witness
  • After to the wedding, the signed marriage license needs to be mailed immediately, and the marriage certificate will be ready for pick-up after 4-6 weeks – be sure to get more than one copy so that you will be prepared when you need to change your name!

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