So my fiancé and I were originally going to be married in Iowa on December 28th but since Iowa recently came out with restrictions and is allowing only 25 people at our venue, we are worried that everything may close down soon since other states are doing that. We are from Nebraska and are debating on whether or not we get our marriage license in Iowa or Nebraska. I was wondering if it was possible if we could do both and depending on if we can still do it at our venue in Iowa, we would just use our Iowa marriage license. Also I was wondering if you had to bring a witness with you when you get your marriage license. We don’t want to sign it or make it official until our wedding day but I didn’t know if you had to bring a witness to get the paperwork.
You don’t bring your witnesses to get your license. The witnesses sign your license after the ceremony & your officiant mails it in. I would contact your local office to check & see if you can get another license in your state. Each state varies with their requirements.
It’s really best to check with the County Clerks of the two counties where you would be getting a license to clarify their local regulations. Every county is different and they may have different rules around timelines/witnesses. For example, where I live, witnesses are not required, but that is not the case in many other jurisdictions.
It's possible to get your marriage license in both states, obviously you'll have to pay for each. I don't think it's necessary but I would call the county clerk on each state because requirements may be different
To prevent people from getting 5 different licences in different states, and marrying in each in a weekend, not coming to light for months or years as bigamy + a bunch of identities useful for fraud, both illegal, I believe that it is illegal to hold approval or license in more than one state or jurisdiction at once, unless an international one that goes through the State Department, like if you wanted to marry on Fance but have it recognized here. But states, only 1 set of papers at a time.
Check with your county clerk. My husband’s cousin was set to get married in Oregon, but the fires a couple of months ago ruined their plan. So they were going to go get married in Vegas but couldn’t because they already had a marriage license.
Call your county clerks office. Each state and each county varies with their rules. My state does not require witnesses but you have to get a license in the county you will be married in. Thankfully our county is the same one we will marry in so the process was quite simple.
I'm not sure about the multiple licenses, but in my state we did actually need a witness to get our marriage license as well. So check with both Iowa and Nebraska about their requirements.
Where in Iowa are you planning to marry? I know Polk County (Des Moines area) DOES require the couple have a witness when they apply for their marriage license. The witness must be a minimum of 18 yrs old & have a valid State issued ID with them.
Forgot to include that the marriage license is also not valid for 4 days. So if you need the license valid on Saturday, you have to apply for it no later than Tuesday.
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I agree with this. Finalize which state you are marrying in and only get a license there. Call ahead to see what specific requirements are. Usually you only need a witness to sign the certificate which is a separate document.