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Marriage License

Application for a Marriage License

Obtaining a marriage license is a fairly straightforward process requiring about 15 minutes to complete. Below are certain rules that you may want to keep in mind when applying for a marriage license in Montgomery County, Maryland:

For Residents of Montgomery County, Maryland

If the marrying parties are both residents of Montgomery County, one of the parties to be married appears before the Clerk and gives, under oath, the following information for both parties:
  1. Full names
  2. Place of residence
  3. State or county of birth
  4. Age
  5. If either party was married previously and separation occurred as a result of the spouse's death or divorce, a copy of either the divorce decree or death certificate is required.
  6. Social Security Number of each party who has one

For Non-residents of Montgomery County, Maryland

If the parties to be married do not live in Montgomery County and are unable to appear in person to apply, they may apply for a marriage license using a Non-Resident Marriage Application. Contact the License Department for additional information (Phone: 240-777-9460).

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Marriage Ceremonies

In 2006, over 5,800 marriage ceremonies were held in the Courthouse. Marriage ceremonies are performed by appointment only. If you wish to hold your ceremony at the Courthouse, please contact the License Department. You must obtain your marriage license before you may schedule a ceremony. The fee for the ceremony is $25.00 (cash only).

You must present identification such as drivers license or passport before the ceremony.

To schedule an appointment for a marriage ceremony, please contact the License Department (240-777-9460).

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Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses

You will need certified copies of your marriage license to use them as legal proof of your marriage. Certified copies of a marriage license may be obtained from the License Department.

If you are getting married at the Courthouse, you can purchase it when you pay for your ceremony. If you are getting married elsewhere in Montgomery County, you can purchase the certified copy of your marriage license about a week after your celebrant returns your marriage information to the License Department. You may request the certified copy in person during office hours or send a request by mail. When you request in writing, please include in your request:

Names of the parties
Marriage license number
Date of the marriage
Self-addressed stamped envelope
Check or Money Order payable to the Clerk of the Court

The fee for each certified copy of a marriage license is $5.50.

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Foreign License Recordation

If a couple has been married in another state or country and one of the parties is a citizen of Maryland, the couple may record the marriage ("foreign marriage") at the License Department. The parties must provide a certificate of marriage signed by the individual who performed the marriage or an official certified copy of the marriage record. There is no fee to record a foreign marriage.

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Expired Marriage License

In Montgomery County a marriage license must be used within six months or it will expire.

If you marry outside the court, the celebrant needs to fill out and return the Minister’s Return Form. This information is needed to complete the record.

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Montgomery County Circuit Court
50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM