Legal Filing of Marriage License

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
1022 posts
Bumble bee

We just got our marriage license yesterday so this is fresh in my mind 🙂


I’m not sure how it is state-to-state but we had to bring photo ID, proof of SS#, they asked for our family background, personal details, etc. filled out our license, had us proofread and printed it and gave it to us. One part is for us to keep, one is to give to our officiant to complete and he will mail it back to the clerk’s office in the county you obtained the license from. Once they receive the license, they will issue the marriage certificate and call you for pick-up. It’s valid for pick-up up to a year from issue in PA. Hope this helps

Post # 3
9856 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

vlzaccaria:  I’m in Canada so it might be different again but I went and got our marriage license, gave it to the officiant.  He brought it day of the wedding, he signed we signed witnesses signed.  He then had to file it with the province (that’s the way it works here) we had a copy of the record of solomnization for our records in case the other piece got lost.  We had no issues. 

Post # 4
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We filled out a form, turned it in, they gave us the liscense to be signed (10min total). Gave it to our officiant to keep, we all signed it on the wedding day, they gave us a “certificate” which was really just a keepsake, the officiant mailed it in, I was able to go pick up copies when we got back from the honeymoon but it usually takes a couple days to get mailed and filed. Ours can be ordered by anyone for the rest of history it seems lol

Post # 5
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

vlzaccaria:  I am not sure how it is for Florida, but in New York, the bride and groom have to be there to apply for the license. 

You will get a paper to bring to your officiant for him/her to sign the day you are married and then mail back to the country clerks office. 

We got married on Sept. 14 2013, the priest mailed the signed license on Sept. 16th (because the 14th was a Sat and Sun was the 15th which is a Sun) and we received our marriage certificate around Oct. 21st, so a little over a month after the wedding

Post # 6
2355 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I just did this in Florida. We went in to the marriage license part of the courthouse and told them what we needed. They gave us each a handbook on divorce and custody laws to read, and one form for us to fill out with names, birthdates, SSNs, place of birth, place of residence, etc. They require photo ID.

After we handed the form back, she gave us a note for the cashier. We went to the cashier and paid. We then came back, and she had us raise our right hands and swear the info was correct. She gave us the marriage license in an already addressed envelope with an insert that had instructions for an officiant. The officiant is the one who returns it to the courthouse. In our case, we’re going back to the courthouse to get married, so it will be filed right away.

Post # 7
3432 posts
Sugar bee


Only one of us had to actually apply for the marriage license, but, we needed several documents.<br />1. true certified copies of birth certificates<br />2. social security numbers (I brought the cards just in case, but didn’t need it)<br />3. completed marriage license application<br />4. cash or check in the amount it would cost to pay for the license.

Then we had the marriage license. since we got married in the courthouse, we just walked it back over to the clerk of court who certified it.

Post # 8
262 posts
Helper bee

typically, the officiant would sign the license and they mail it back into the courthouse with all signatures.  you then wait for the marriage certificate in the mail.  

Post # 9
1473 posts
Bumble bee

I’m in Canada. Got the license, gave it to the officiant, we signed it during the ceremony, officiant sends it off. Afterwards, I had to go order the marriage certificate (costs about $50) and they mailed it. The only reason we needed it was because I changed my name.

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