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How Do I get a Marriage License?

Application for a Marriage License

Obtaining a marriage license is a fairly straightforward process that takes about 15 minutes to complete. Below are certain rules that you may want to keep in mind when applying for a marriage license at the Montgomery County Circuit Court:

  • Maryland requires that a marriage license be obtained from the Circuit Court in the county where the marriage is to take place regardless of the residency of the couple to be married. If you are planning to be married in Montgomery County, Maryland, you must obtain a marriage license from the Clerk of Montgomery County Circuit Court.
  • The marriage license must be purchased at least 48 hours before the marriage ceremony. Couples can obtain a waiver if a judge approves it. Normally, military service or a family illness can be the grounds (reasons) for a waiver. Contact the License Department for additional information.
  • At the time of application, you must pay a license fee of $55.00 in cash or money order (personal checks are not accepted).
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    THE MARRIAGE IN MARYLAND PROGRAM

    The Marriage in Maryland (MiM) program is a public website where you can retrieve older marriage records. Clicking on this link will take you outside the Circuit Court pages. This page contains Maryland Marriage Records from 1996 to Present. Please keep in mind it will only return results for individuals who have been issued a Marriage License with a minimum effective date of today.

    Maryland Marriage License Public Retrieval

    People's Law Library of Maryland Marriage Law Information

    Frequently Asked Questions about Marriage Licenses

    If the applicants 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 (PDF).

    This form must be sworn to under oath and signed before a Clerk of the Court or comparable official where the applicants reside.

    Mail this form along with a $55 money order payable to “Clerk of the Court,” to the License Department.

    Individuals 16 or 17 years old may not marry unless:

    • The individual has the consent of a parent or guardian, and the parent or guardian swears that the individual is at least 16 years old; or
    • If the individual does not have the consent of a parent or guardian, either party to be married gives the clerk a certificate from a licensed physician, licensed physician assistant, or certified nurse practitioner stating that the physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner has examined the woman to be married and has found that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child.

    Individuals 15 years old may not marry unless:

    • The individual has the consent of a parent or guardian; and
    • Either party to be married gives the clerk a certificate from a licensed physician, licensed physician assistant, or certified nurse practitioner stating that the physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner has examined the woman to be married and has found that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child.

    An individual under the age of 15 may not marry.

    You will need certified copies of your marriage license to use as a legal document of proof of your marriage for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Social Security Administration, etc. You can make a request at any time for a Certified Copy of your Marriage License by completing the attached request (PDF) and sending it to the License Department.

    If you are getting married at the court, you can purchase a certified copy of your marriage when you pay for the civil ceremony.

    The cost of a Certified Copy is $5.50; a Non-Certified copy costs $.50. If requesting by mail, an additional $2 mail handling fee must be included.

    For certified copies of Marriage Licenses before 1990 please contact the Maryland Archives at 410-260-6400 or online.

    For copies of marriage licenses for marriages on or after January 1, 1990, contact the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration at 800-832-3277 or online.

    Certified copies of Marriage Licenses from 1993 forward are also available at the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

    Correction to marriage records must be requested in writing (along with supporting documentation — for example, a birth certificate to prove your name is spelled differently than what is shown on your marriage record). If the error was made by the License Department, there will be no charge for the correction. You would complete the Marriage License Correction Request form (PDF) and file it with the License Department.

    If incorrect information was given at the time of your marriage application, then you must file a petition to correct a marriage record, with supporting documentation, with the Family Department along with a fee of $165. The Family Department will open a new suit, and it will be sent to the judge for an order to be issued.

    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.

    Visit the U.S. Passports & International Travel page for information about planning for a marriage in a foreign country.

    Fees may be paid by form of Cash, Money Order or Visa/MasterCard (Credit Cards can only be used when visiting the court in person). American Express and personal checks will not be accepted:

    • Marriage License (Resident/Non-Resident): $55.00 – NO REFUNDS
    • Civil Ceremony (if being done at the court): $25.00
    • Duplicate License (replacement license prior to marriage): $10.00
    • Copy of License (non-certified): $.50

    If ordering by mail, please include a $2 mailing and handling fee.

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