Requirements may vary as each county in Minnesota could have their own requirements.
You do not have to be a resident of Minnesota.
You must provide proper identification along with Social Security numbers.
If you were previously married, you must show proof of divorce, death, or annulment from your most recent marriage.
Minnesota has a waiting period of five (5) working days. This waiting period can be waived a district judge if the circumstances are considered to be “extraordinary.”
$110 for those who don’t provide written proof
of premarital education. $40 fee for those who do take an authorized premarital education course that has a minimum of 12 hours. Reduced Fee Marriage Form
Call before you leave to get your marriage license application to make sure that the fee hasn’t changed. Be prepared to pay in cash.
Minnesota does not require blood tests.
No. However, only one applicant can apply for the marriage license as long as all the required information for the absent partner is provided. Call the Clerk of Court to see how to get your partner’s signature notarized. Requirements may vary from county to county.
Common Law Marriages:
Yes. There is a waiver of a portion of the marriage license fees to couples who do a 12 hour premarital education course. The course must use a premarital inventory, teaching about communication skills, and conflict management skills. According to the Minnesota Statute, “The premarital education must be provided by a licensed or ordained minister or the minister’s designee, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under section 517.18, or a person authorized to practice marriageand family therapy under section 148B.33.
Additionally, make sure that you have proof of attending the premarital education course on the state approved form. Read more on Minnesota’s Reduced Fee Marriage Form.
Same Sex Marriages:
Brides and grooms who are 16 and 17 years old need parental consent or court approval.
Minnesota Statute 517.02
Judges, clerks of court, court commissioners, and licensed ministers, priests or rabbis, as well as representatives of Bahai, Hindu, Quaker and American Indian religious groups are authorized to perform weddings in Minnesota.
You will need at least two witnesses at your wedding ceremony. The witnesses must be at least 16 years of age.
License is valid for six (6) months.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage:
Minnesota Department of Health
Attention: Office of the State Registrar
717 Delaware St SE
P.O. Box 9441
Minneapolis, MN 55440-9441
Phone: (612) 676-5120 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (612) 676-5120 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (612) 331-5776