State Policies to Promote Marriage. Preliminary Report.. Table 4: State Requirements for Marriage Licenses and Ceremonies

03/01/2002

State Blood Test Waiting period between applying for to receiving license Waiting period between license and ceremony How soon one can marry after receiving license When license expires I.D. Required Age of consent to marry Fee
Age with parental consent Age without parental consent
Alabama X None   Immediately 30 days standard 14 (a, b) 18 yrs $25
Alaska   3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately 3 months standard 16 (c) 18 yrs $25
Arizona   None   Immediately 1 year standard 16 (c2) 18 yrs $50
Arkansas   None   Immediately No provision birth certificate Male-17 (c,e) Female-16 (c,e) 18 yrs $30 - $47
California   None   Immediately 90 days valid D/L (b,g) 18 yrs $50 - $80
Colorado   None   Immediately 30 days D/L - passport 16 (c) 18 yrs $20
Connecticut X None   Immediately 65 days standard 16 (c2) 18 yrs $35
Delaware   None 1 day for residents; 4 days for nonresidents 24 hours; 96 hours if both spouses are nonresidents 30 days birth certificate Male-18 (e) Female-16 (e) 18 yrs $35
DC X 3 days 5 days Immediately No provision birth certificate 16 (a) 18 yrs $35
Florida   3 days 3 days Immediately 60 days standard 16 (a)(e) 18 yrs $88.5 / $56 if couple takes 4 hr course
Georgia X None   Immediately No provision standard 16 (e,k) 18 yrs $30.00 - $40.00
Hawaii   None   Immediately 30 days standard 15 (k) 18yrs $50
Idaho   None   Immediately No provision standard 16 (c) 18yrs $28
Illinois   None 1 day 1 day 60 days standard 16 (o) 18yrs $15 - $30
Indiana X None 3 days in some counties Immediately 60 days standard & proof of residency 17 (e) 18 yrs $18
Iowa   3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately No provision standard 16 (k) 18 yrs $30
Kansas   3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately 6 months social security card Male-14 (k) Female-12 (k) 18 yrs $50
Kentucky   None   Immediately 30 days standard 18 (k) 18 yrs $35
Louisiana   None 3 days 3 days 30 days B/C SSC 18 (c) 18 yrs $25
Maine   3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately 90 days standard 16 (c) 18 yrs $20
Maryland   None 2 days 2 days 6 months 18-20 D/L or B/C 16 (e,r) 18 yrs $35 - $55
Massachusetts X 3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately 60 days standard Male-14 (k) Female-12 (k) 18 yrs $4 - $25
Michigan   3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately 33 days standard (B/C) 16 18yrs $20 (MI resident) / $30 (not MI resident)
Minnesota   5 days 5 days from time of application Immediately 6 months 18-21 requires B/C 16 (k) 18 yrs $70 / $20 (if premarital education completed)
Mississippi X 3 days 3 days Immediately No provision consent for under 21 (g,k) 21 yrs $21
Missouri   3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately No provision standard 15 (u) 18 yrs $50
Montana X None   Immediately 180 days standard 16 (k) 18 yrs $30
Nebraska   None   Immediately 1 year SSC - req. age 19 17 19 yrs $15
Nevada   None   Immediately 1 year none 16 (c) 18 yrs $50
New Hampshire   3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately 90 days standard Male-14 (v) Female-13 (v) 18 yrs $45
New Jersey   72 hours 72 hours Immediately 30 days standard 16 (c,e) 18 yrs $28
New Mexico X None   Immediately No provision B/C for under 21 16 (e,u) 18 yrs $25
New York   None 24 hours from time of application 24 hours 60 days standard 16 (v) 18 yrs $20 - $30
North Carolina   None   Immediately 60 days B/C for under 21 16 (e) 18 yrs $40
North Dakota   None   Immediately 60 days standard 16 18 yrs $35
Ohio   5 days   Immediately 60 days standard Male-18 (k) Female-16 (c,e) 18 yrs $20 - $45
Oklahoma X 72 hours if either applicant is under 18   Immediately 30 days standard 16 (c,e) 18 yrs $25 / $5 (if marriage education completed)
Oregon   3 days 3 days Immediately 60 days picture I.D 17 (z) 18 yrs $60
Pennsylvania   3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately 60 days social security 16 (u) 18 yrs $25 - $40
Rhode Island   None   Immediately 3 months none Ma1e-18 (u) Female-16 (u) 18 yrs $24
South Carolina   24 hours 1 day from application Immediately No provision standard Male-16 (e) Female-14 (e) 18 yrs $25
South Dakota   None   Immediately 20 days standard 16 (e) 18 yrs $40
Tennessee   3 days if either applicant is under 18   Immediately 30 days standard 16 (u) 18 yrs $31 - $45
Texas   None 72 hours 72 hours 31 days standard (SSC) 14 (k,v) 18 yrs $25 - $36
Utah   None   Immediately 30 days standard 14 (a) 18 yrs $40
Vermont   None   Immediately 60 days standard 16 (k) 18 yrs $20
Virginia   None   Immediately 60 days standard 16 (a,e) 18 yrs $30
Washington   None or up to 3 days 3 days from time of application Immediately 60 days standard 17 (u) 18 yrs $37 - $52
West Virginia   None   Immediately 60 days standard & B/C 18 (e) 18 yrs $23
Wisconsin   5 days 6 days from time of application Immediately 30 days standard & B/C 16 18 yrs $50 - $80 (includes $10 if waiting period is waived)
Wyoming   None   Immediately No provision standard & B/C 16 (u) 18 yrs $25
Footnotes:
a.  Parental consent not required if minor was previously married.
b.  Other statutory requirements apply.
c.  Younger parties may marry with parental consent.
c2.  Younger parties may marry with parental and judicial consent.
d.  Waiting period may be avoided
e.  Younger parties may obtain license in case of pregnancy or birth of child.
f.  Parties must file notice of intention to marry with local clerk.
g.  No age limits
h.  When unmarried man and unmarried woman, not minors, have been living together as man and wife, they may, without health certificate, be married upon issuance of appropriate authorization.
i.  Venereal disease and rubella (for female)
j.  Residents, before expiration of 24 hour waiting period; non-residents, before expiration of 96 hour waiting period.
k.  Parental consent and/or permission of judge required.
l.  Unless parties are 18 years of age or more, or female is pregnant, or applicants are the parents of a living child born out of wedlock.
m.  Rubella for female; there are certain exceptions, and district judge may waive medical examination on proof that emergency exists.
n.  Applicants must receive information on AIDS and certify having read it.
o.  Judicial consent may be given when parents refuse to consent.
p.  Venereal diseases; test for sickle cell anemia given at request of examining physician.
q.  Any unsterilized female under 50 must submit with application for license a medical report stating whether she had immunological response to rubella, or a written record that the rubella vaccine was administered on or after her first birthday. Judge may by order dispense with these requirements.
r.  If parties are at least 16 years of age, proof of age and consent of parties in person are required. If a parent is ill an affidavit by the incapacitated parent and a physician's affidavit required.
s.  Doctor's certificate must be filed 30 days prior to notice of intention.
t.  Venereal diseases. In WV and OK, Circuit court judge may waive requirement
u.  Younger parties may obtain license in special circumstances.
v.  Below age of consent parties need parental consent and permission of judge, no younger than 14 for males and 13 for females.