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It's important that you and your partner looking into your state's marriage laws and obtain a license well before the big day. Each state has certain laws in place that must be followed in order for couples to get properly married. This will ensure that everything runs smoothly on the big day and no major hiccups occur. So, are you trying to find the marriage laws for your state and need some help? We've got you covered! We’ve gathered all of the marriage law information you need to make your life easier. From the proper photo identification that's needed to how many witnesses need to present, we cover it all. 

Check out these marriage laws by state to ensure that all the necessary requirements are taken care well before the big day.

Alabama:

  • Identification Needed: If you are 19 years of age or older, you must bring one of the following: a valid driver’s license, non-driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, military identification, or school record.
  • State Residency: You do not have to be a resident of Alabama. Although in some counties nonresidents are required to wait three days before they are able to have a wedding ceremony performed by a county marriage official.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 16 with parental or legal guardian consent to be married and 18 to be married without parental or legal guardian consent.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire 30 days after it has been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no wait time in Alabama between applying and receiving a marriage license.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: No.

Alaska

  • Identification Needed: A picture ID or driver’s license is required and a birth certificate may be required to show proof of wage.
  • State Residency: You do not have to be a resident of Alaska to receive a marriage license.
  • Age Requirement: Both parties must be 18 years old.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire in three months.
  • Required Wait Time: You will need to wait three business days before receiving your marriage license.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Yes. Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony.

Arizona

  • Identification Needed: Both parties will need a valid government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, passport, etc).
  • State Residency: State residency is not required for a marriage license.
  • Age Requirement: Court and parental/guardian consent is required for individuals under the age of 18. The legal age requirement to get married without parental consent is 18.
  • License Expiration: The marriage license will be valid up to 12 months.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses and the officiant must sign the marriage license at the ceremony.

Arkansas

  • Identification Needed: A legal and valid government issued ID is required to receive marriage license.
  • State Residency: State residency is not required. A marriage license from Arkansas can be used anywhere in the state.
  • Age Requirement: For those under 18, parental consent is required along with a 5 day mandatory wait period. Both parties must be 18 years or older to get married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: An Arkansas marriage license is valid for 60 days.
  • Required Wait Time: None if both parties are over 18.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None.

California

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must bring in a valid ID (i.e. driver’s license, military ID, passport, or green card, etc).
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident of California to receive a marriage license.
  • Age Requirement: Both parties must be at or over the age of 18 to be married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The marriage license will expire 90 days after it has been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time. You will receive the license the same day you submit the application.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: A California marriage license requires the signature of one witness but has the space for up to two.

Colorado

  • Identification Needed: Each partner will need to bring identifcation with photo, and issue date, and expiration date.
  • State Residency: You do not need to be a resident of the state.
  • Age Requirement: Both individuals must be 18 or older to be married without parental consent. Between the ages of 16 and 17, both parties must have a notarized parental consent form and for individuals under 15, a court order is required.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 35 and must be returned for recording within 63 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no wait time required.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: Yes, but only if one party is unable to be present due to illness or they are out of the state.
  • Witnesses Needed: Not required.

Connecticut

  • Identification Needed: You will need a valid driver’s license, passport, military ID, or green card, as well as, social security numbers (if applicable). You should also know your officiant’s name, phone number, and address along with the ceremony location.
  • State Residency: You do not need to be a resident to receive a marriage license, but you do need to apply either in the town where one applicant lives or the town where you plan on getting married.
  • Age Requirement: Both members must be 18 or older to be married without parental consent. Individuals under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present or have obtained written consent.
  • License Expiration: The marriage license will expire in 65 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Witnesses are not required.

Delaware

  • Identification Needed: Photo identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID, US visa, or government consulate ID.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a state resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be at least 18 years old to get married. If you are under 18 you are considered a minor and must petition the Family Court in order to marry.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire in 30 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 24 hour wait period from the time of application.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses, at least 18 years of age, are required at the time of the ceremony.

District of Columbia

  • Identification Needed: A valid driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport, or birth certificate is required.
  • State Residency: There is no residency requirement.
  • Age Requirement: You must be at least 18 years of age to be married in DC without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: Once issued the marriage license will not expire.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time in DC.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: Yes. A third party can apply on the couple’s behalf and must bring proper ID for the couple as well as the fee.
  • Witnesses Needed: No.

Florida

  • Identification Needed: Valid photo identification is required (driver’s license, state ID card, passport, or 1-94 card) along with your social security number. You may also be asked for a certified copy of your birth certificate.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a state resident.
  • Age Requirement: Both individuals must be 18 years of age or older to be married without parental consent. No one under the age of 16 can be married in Florida.
  • License Expiration: A marriage license in Florida will be valid for 60 days after it has been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 3-day required wait time for Florida residents who have not completed premarital course. There is no required waiting period for non-Florida residents.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None.

Georgia

  • Identification Needed: A valid form of photo identification is required when submitting the marriage license application.
  • State Residency: There is no residency requirement. However, for non-residents, you must apply in the county where you marriage is being performed.
  • Age Requirement: Both members of the couple must be 18 or older to be married without parental consent. If either member appears to be under the age of 25, the clerk may require a proof of age. No one under the age of 16 will be issued a marriage license.
  • License Expiration: The license will not expire once it has been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None.

Hawaii

  • Identification Needed: Valid identification and proof of age is required.
  • State Residency: You don’t have be a resident to receive a marriage license.
  • Age Requirement: 18 years of age without parental consent. Minimum age to be married is 15 with written consent from parent/guardian as well as written approval from a judge in family court.
  • License Expiration: A marriage license in Hawaii is valid for 30 days on any of the islands.
  • Required Wait Time: There is not a required waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None.

Idaho

  • Identification Needed: Both members must have a valid form of ID as well as an original birth certificate or certified copy.
  • State Residency: State residency is not required.
  • Age Requirement: Both partners must be 18 years of age or older to get married without parental consent. Between the ages of 16 and 17, individuals must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Anyone under 16 must obtain permission from the Court.
  • License Expiration: There is no expiration date once the license has been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Witnesses aren’t required.

Illinois

  • Identification Needed: Valid, up to date, photo ID required.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident of Illinois to get a marriage license.
  • Age Requirement: Both partners must be over the age of 18 to be married without parental consent. Between the ages of 16-18, parental consent is required. No one under the age of 16 can be married in Illinois.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 60 days once it has been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 24 hour waiting period between submitting the application and receiving your marriage certificate.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None.

Indiana

  • Identification Needed: When applying in Indiana, you must have one of the following to prove identity and age: current and valid driver’s license, state issued ID, passport, or birth certificate.
  • State Residency: State residency is not required. However, non-residents must apply where their wedding is taking place.
  • Age Requirement: Legal age is 18 years old. Individuals 17 years old must have both parents/guardians present to sign consent. Under 17, both parties must go through a court process.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire in 60 days after it has been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: No required wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None.

Iowa

  • Identification Needed: Both parties will need to provide photo ID.
  • State Residency: Being a state resident isn’t required.
  • Age Requirement: Legal age is 18. Partners between 16-17 can only get married with special permission from a judge and one parent/guardian must be present.
  • License Expiration: There is no expiration date for the marriage license unless it isn’t picked up within six months from the date of application.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a waiting period of 3 business days before license is valid and the actual marriage can occur.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No. However, if one person can’t be present, they can sign the license application before a Notary Public at a different location.
  • Witnesses Needed: One witness over the age of 18 is required.

Kansas

  • Identification Needed: A photo ID and social security card are required.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: Both parties must be 18 years of age to be married without parental consent. The minimum age to get married is 15 and those partners must have parent/guardian consent and consent from a judge.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire 6 months after the issued date.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a waiting period of 3 business days.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Witnesses are needed and must be over 18 years of age.

Kentucky

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must present photo ID, original birth certificate, and social security card.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident to receive a marriage license.
  • Age Requirement: Legal age is 18. Individuals under age of 18 must have parental consent and be issued in the county where the couple lives.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire 30 days after it has been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses, other than the couple, must be present.

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Louisiana

  • Identification Needed: Photo identification is required.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident of the state.
  • Age Requirement: Legal age to marry is 18. The minimum age to marry is 16 and both parents must be present at the time of the application.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire in 30 days after it’s been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a required 72 hour wait period between the time the license is issued and the ceremony.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses are required to sign the license at the ceremony.

Maine

  • Identification Needed: Both partners must have photo ID.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement:Legal age is 18. Anyone under the age of 18 must have parental consent and anyone 16 years old must notify a judge.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 90 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: The ceremony must be witnessed by two people other than the officiant.

Maryland

  • Identification Needed: Photo identification is required as well as knowing your social security number.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident to be married in Maryland.
  • Age Requirement: The legal age is 18. Between the ages of 15-17, individuals can’t get married without parental/guardian consent and proof the the female is pregnant or has given birth to a child.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire in 6 months.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a waiting period of 48 hours.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Witnesses aren’t required.

Massachusetts

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must have valid government issued photo ID as well as their social security numbers.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident to be married in the state but you must have a valid Massachusetts marriage license.
  • Age Requirement: Both parties must be 18 or older to get married. Minors must fill out an application with the court.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 60 days once it has been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a mandatory waiting period of 3 days, not including the day of the application.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No. Unless one of the partners is in the military or incarcerated. Intentions can be filed by either party as long as one of them is a resident of Massachusetts.
  • Witnesses Needed: Witnesses aren’t required.

Michigan

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must have a valid photo ID with their current address, birth certificate/ valid passport, and social security numbers.
  • State Residency: Residents must file their application in the county where they reside. Non-residents must file their application in the county where they are going to be married.
  • Age Requirement: The legal age to get married is 18. If someone is 16 or 17, they can get married with parental consent. If one individual is 15 or younger, court approval is also needed.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 33 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 3 day waiting period between the application submission and the license is issued.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No. But only one of the partners
  • need to be present and have all the required paperwork along with a copy of the other person’s photo ID.
  • Witnesses Needed: Not required.

Minnesota

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must some form of photo identification (i.e. driver’s license or state ID).
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: The legal age to get married without parental consent or court approval is 18.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 6 months.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No. However, if only one of the partners is available, the other must fill out a supplemental form and have it notarized.
  • Witnesses Needed: Must be witnessed by two adults 16 years of age or older.

Mississippi

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must present a valid form of identification.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: The legal age to marry is 21. Individuals under the age of 21, parental consent is needed. A license won’t be issued unless the male is at least 17 and the female is at least 15.
  • License Expiration: The license has no expiration date.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no wait time. The license is effective immediately.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None required.

Missouri

  • Identification Needed: Photo identification and proof of age are required for all parties.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: For individuals 19 years of age or older, a valid government issued photo ID is required along with their social security card. Under the age of 19, both parties need their birth certificate as well. For people between the ages of 15-17, parental consent must also be given.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 30 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: Yes.
  • Witnesses Needed: None needed.

Montana

  • Identification Needed: Both parties need to provide photo identification and proof of age.
  • State Residency: Non-residents must obtain a license in the county where they are getting married.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years old. Couples under that must have parental consent, along with two counselling sessions, and court approval.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire in 180 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: Women under the age of 50 are required to take a Rubella blood test unless they request to waive it.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: Yes.
  • Witnesses Needed: Not needed.

Nebraska

  • Identification Needed: Both partners will need a valid photo ID and proof of age.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 19 years old to legally marry. If under 19, a notarized consent form must be signed by both parents/guardians. No one under the age of 17 can be married in Nebraska.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for one year from the date it’s been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses are required to be present at the ceremony.

Nevada

  • Identification Needed: Both partners will need to provide valid government issued photo ID.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years old to legally marry. If you are between 16-17, one legal guardian/parent must be present. Under the age of 16 requires a court order.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for one year from the date it is issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None required.

New Hampshire

  • Identification Needed: Both partners are required to provide a photo identification and proof of age.
  • State Residency: Residency isn’t required.
  • Age Requirement: The legal age to marry is 18.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire 90 days from the filing of the application.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting period to receive the license but it is not valid for the first 3 days after it has been issued.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None.

New Jersey

  • Identification Needed: You will need a photo ID and your social security card/number.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years old to be married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 6 months.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 72 hour waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: You will need a witness ,who is over the age of 18, present when applying for a marriage license.

New Mexico

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must present a valid government issued photo ID.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years old to get married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license has no expiration but must be returned 90 days after the ceremony.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None required.

New York

  • Identification Needed: Both partners must present valid and current photo identification.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years or older to be married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 60 days or 180 days for active military personnel.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 24-hour wait period before the wedding ceremony can be performed.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: One person must witness your signature and be at least 18 years old.

North Carolina

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must provide a valid government issued photo ID and their social security card or tax form with number and name.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: Individuals over the age of 18 can marry without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire in 60 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses are required at all marriage ceremonies.

North Dakota

  • Identification Needed: You must have a valid government issued photo ID.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: The legal age to marry, without parental consent, is 18.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 30 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses must be present when the application is filed.

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Ohio

  • Identification Needed: You must have valid photo ID and know your social security numbers.
  • State Residency: If you’re a resident you must apply in the county where you live. If you are a non-resident, you must apply where the ceremony is taking place.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years old to marry without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 60 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None required.

Oklahoma

  • Identification Needed: Each party must have a valid form of ID and if they aren’t from the US, they must also have a birth certificate translated into English.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident and the license can be used statewide.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years old to get married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 10 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no wait time if you are over the age of 18. If you’re under the age of 18, there is a 72 hour waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witness signatures are required.

Oregon

  • Identification Needed: Both parties will need valid forms of photo ID.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years of age to marry without parental consent. No one under the age of 17 can be married in Oregon.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 60 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a waiting period of 3 days.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses, who are at least 18 years old, must be present at the ceremony.

Pennsylvania

  • Identification Needed: Both parties will need photo ID and social security card.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years old to get married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 60 days once it’s been issued.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 3 day waiting period between applying and receiving the license.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None.

Rhode Island

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must have a photo ID and birth certificates.
  • State Residency: State residents must apply for their license in the city/town where they live. For non-residents, they must apply where the wedding will be taking place.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years old to get married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license will be valid for 90 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses, over the age of 18, must be present at the ceremony.

South Carolina

  • Identification Needed: You and your partner must both have a valid form of photo ID and know your social security number.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: Both parties must be 18 or older to get married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license will not expire.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 24-hour waiting period after the application is made before the license can be picked up by the couple.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: No witnesses are required.

South Dakota

  • Identification Needed: Both partners must have photo identification.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 or older to be married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 20 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None required.

Tennessee

  • Identification Needed: You will need a form of photo ID as well as know you social security number (if applicable).
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 or older to get married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 30 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No, unless an individual is incarcerated or has a disability, which prevents them from appearing. In that case, a notarized statement is required with the person’s name, age, and current address along with their next of kin’s information.
  • Witnesses Needed: None required.

Texas

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must have valid photo ID.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years to get married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 90 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 72 hour waiting period unless you are active military.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: Yes but only for active military members who are stationed outside of the country.
  • Witnesses Needed: None required.

Utah

  • Identification Needed: You need to provide photo ID as well as your social security number.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: Both partners must be 18 or older to be married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 30 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present at the ceremony.

Vermont

  • Identification Needed: Both parties must bring a valid photo ID.
  • State Residency: If you are a resident, you must get your license in the city/town where you reside. For non-residents, you can get your license from anywhere in the state.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 years of age or older to get married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 60 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None required.

Virginia

  • Identification Needed: Partners must have a valid form of photo identification (driver's license, passport, military ID)
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: The legal age to marry, without parental consent, is 18.
  • License Expiration: The license will expire in 60 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: None required.

Washington

  • Identification Needed: Both parties need photo ID with birthdate.
  • State Residency: You don’t need to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 to be married without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 60 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 3 day waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No, unless you are both unable to apply at the same time, one person may fill out an absentee form.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses must be present at the time of the ceremony.

West Virginia

  • Identification Needed: Both partners will need a valid photo ID or certified copy of their birth certificate, social security numbers, and their parents' names.
  • State Residency: If you are a resident, apply in the state where you reside. If not, you can apply anywhere statewide.
  • Age Requirement: The legal age to marry is 18.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 60 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no waiting period if the couple is over 18 years old. If the partners are under 18, there is a 72 hour waiting period.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Witnesses aren’t required.

Wisconsin

  • Identification Needed: Photo ID is required.
  • State Residency: Residents must apply in the county where they reside while non-residents must apply in the county where they plan to be married.
  • Age Requirement: Legal age to marry is 18.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for 30 days.
  • Required Wait Time: There is a 5 day waiting period unless it’s waived for an additional cost.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two adults must be present at the time of the ceremony.

Wyoming

  • Identification Needed: Both partners must have photo ID.
  • State Residency: You don’t have to be a resident.
  • Age Requirement: You must be 18 or older to be married in Wyoming without parental consent.
  • License Expiration: The license is valid for one year.
  • Required Wait Time: There is no required wait time.
  • Blood Test Requirement: No.
  • Proxy Marriages Legal: No.
  • Witnesses Needed: Two witnesses are required to be at the ceremony.