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Marriage License

Before a couple can be married in the United States they must obtain a marriage license from their local jurisdiction.  The license grants permission for the couple to enter into a legal marriage.  Although the standards of marriage are universal throughout the U.S., states have different requirements for obtaining the marriage license.

Marriage without a license is possible either through common law marriage, where permitted, or by obtaining a state pardon for entering into marriage without a license.  Common law marriage can automatically befall couples in some states states.

After the marriage license has been issued and the marriage ceremony performed, the license is signed by both parties to the marriage and the official performing the marriage and returned to the state which then issues a marriage certificate acknowledging the marriage.

Below are the requirements each state needs before a marriage license can be issued.

 

State Required age Cost of license Waiting period between
applying & receiving license
Waiting period to marry after receiving license

License valid for

Blood test required
Alabama 18 yrs $25 none none 30 days yes
Alaska 18 yrs $25 3 days none 90 days no
Arizona 18 yrs $50 none none 1 year no
Arkansas 18 yrs $35 none none 60 days no
California 18 yrs $50-80 none none 90 days no
Colorado 18 yrs $20 none none 30 days no
Connecticut 18 yrs $30 none none 65 days yes
Delaware 18 yrs $30 none 1 day if resident 30 days no
District Columbia 18 yrs $35 3 days none n/a yes
Florida 18 yrs $88.50
$56 if couple takes 4hr course
none 3 days (Florida
residents only)
60 days no
Georgia 18 yrs $30 average none none n/a yes
Hawaii 18yrs $50 none none 30 days no
Idaho 18yrs $28 none none 1 year yes
Illinois 18yrs $15-30 none 1 day 60 days no
Indiana 18 yrs $18 none none 60 days yes
Iowa 18 yrs $30 3 days none 20 days no
Kansas 18 yrs $50 3 days none 6 months no
Kentucky 18 yrs $34 3 days none 30 days no
Louisiana 18 yrs $25 none 3 days 30 days yes
Maine 18 yrs $20 3 days none 90 days no
Maryland 18 yrs $35 2 days none 6 months no
Massachusetts 18 yrs $4 3 days none 60 days yes and medical certificate
Michigan 18  yrs $20 3 days none 33 days no
Minnesota 18 yrs $70 5 days none 6 months no
Mississippi 21 yrs $20 3 days none 90 days yes
Missouri 18 yrs $50 3 days none 30 days no
Montana 18 yrs $30 none none 180 days yes
Nebraska 19 yrs $15 none none 1 year no
Nevada 18 yrs $35 none none 1 year no
New Hampshire 18 yrs $45 3 days 3 days 90 days no
New Jersey 18 yrs $28 3 days none 30 days no
New Mexico 18 yrs $25 none none 1 year no
New York 18 yrs $25-30 none 1 day 60 days no
North Carolina 18 yrs $40 none none 60 days no
North Dakota 18 yrs $35 none none 60 days no
Ohio 18 yrs $30 5 days none 60 days no
Oklahoma 18 yrs $25 none none 30 days yes
Oregon 18 yrs $60 3 days none 60 days no
Pennsylvania 18 yrs $25-40 3 days none 60 days no
Rhode Island 18 yrs $24 none none 90 days no
South Carolina 18 yrs $25 1 day none n/a no
South Dakota 18 yrs $40 none none 20 days no
Tennessee 18 yrs $31-39 none none 30 days no
Texas 18 yrs $31 none 72 hours 30 days no
Utah 18 yrs $40 none none 60 days no
Vermont 18 yrs $20 none 1 day 60 days no
Virginia 18 yrs $20 none none 60 days no
West Va 18 yrs $23 none 3 days 60 days yes
Washington 18 yrs $51 3 days none 60 days no
Wisconsin 18 yrs $50-80 6 days none 30 days no
Wyoming 18 yrs $25 none none n/a no

 

 

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