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Getting married in a state you don't live in- On marriage licences!

Adina, on December 23, 2020 at 4:28 PM Posted in Planning 0 12
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Hi Ladies,

For those of you that have gotten married in a state that you do not live in, which state should you or do you have to get a marriage license in? My fiance and I previously lived in Massachussetts, however recently moved out to Colorado. We are getting married in Massachussetts. Since we are just going there for our wedding, we would much prefer getting a license in Colorado, but don't know if thats legal? Our rabbi actually doesn't know, but thinks we have to get it in Massachussetts. Anyone know? Or have done something similar? I feel like this is very common but I just don't know the right answer!

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Latest activity by Kerin, on December 24, 2020 at 1:04 PM
  • Michelle
    Master October 2022
    Michelle Online ·
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    The license is only valid for the state the ceremony takes place in. If you live in California and marry in Oregon, you have to get a license in Oregon or it won't be legal.
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  • Meghan
    Devoted September 2021
    Meghan ·
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    I live in NY, but are getting married in NJ. Our vendor actually mentioned that we need our license in Jersey. He said he could help answer any questions along the way, maybe your venue can help you as well? (Our ceremony & reception are At the venue)
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  • Sarah
    VIP September 2019
    Sarah ·
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    I live in MA. If you’re getting married here, you’re required to get the license in MA. There’s also a 3 day wait between applying and picking it up, and I’m not sure if there’s any way to waive that.
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  • Katie
    Expert January 2021
    Katie ·
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    You get the license for the state (actually County specific) that you are getting married in. Contact the local department where you're getting married and they'll advise you, every county is different.

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  • Victorian Bride
    Master June 2021
    Victorian Bride ·
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    Agree. Best wishes!
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  • A
    Super December 2020
    Anais ·
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    You need a license where you’re actually getting married. I live in NV and got married in CA so we had to go to CA to get a license.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    You get it in whatever state you're getting married in.
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  • A
    Super September 2020
    Alli ·
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    We live in Michigan and got married in NC; had to apply for NC marriage license online.
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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
    Mrs. Spring ·
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    You must obtain the license on the state where you are marrying. Depending on the state,, it may be county specific. In my residential state, the license here is valid anywhere in the state and one can obtain it from any county. Other states are different though.
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  • V
    Master July 2019
    Veronica Online ·
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    We live in Maryland, but got married in Pennsylvania. We had to get our license in Pennsylvania since that's where we got married. You will have to get your marriage license in Minnesota since that's where the wedding is taking place. I know some counties even require that you get the license in the county you are getting married. Pennsylvania didn't have that requirement, but your best option is to call where you are getting married and confirm that you will need to do to get your license.

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  • KYLIE
    Devoted May 2019
    KYLIE ·
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    Your venue should be able to help, but yes you have to apply for your license where your wedding takes place.


    When we got married in Florida, we enlisted the help of a service that helped us file by mail. I know destination weddings are more common in FL than MA, but maybe there’s a similar service in MA?
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  • Kerin
    Super February 2021
    Kerin ·
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    I live in Ohio and we just got our license. I believe the answer is something you have to look at on a state by state basis. I would recommend googling the state and searching for better info. In Ohio, everything regarding marriage licenses is determined by the County, not the State government. I'm getting married on the other side of the state, but I had to apply for my license in the county where I live.

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