Marriage license definition

A marriage license is a document that authorizes a couple to marry. The marriage license will be issued by a church or state authority. The procedure to obtain a marriage license has changed over time. There are legal requirements to get the marriage license.

How to get a marriage license?

To obtain a marriage license, the couple will need to pay a visit to the country clerk’s office where they plan on getting married. Licenses cost between 35 and 115 USD. A marriage license is only good for the state where you apply for one. Certain conditions will vary from state to state.

To get your marriage license be sure to bring your identification. It is a good idea to have your birth certificate and driver’s license and proof of divorce if you were previously married. In some states you may be required to present a blood test.

Read more: Marriage License Requirements by state

How long does it take to get a marriage license?

Some states allow you to get your marriage license the same day as your wedding, while 14 states have waiting periods of up to 6 days. Please check with your local county clerk for the times in your area.

Read more: Getting married in another state