(Closed) A Marraige License Expires?

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

You need to look at WA requirements. In Pennsylvania, it expires after 60 days. We got ours one month before our wedding.

Post # 4
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2111 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

In Canada, ours expires after 90 days…

No, you dont have to keep getting new ones. I believe you just have to have it signed and sent it before the expiry date.

 

Post # 6
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256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Basically you need to file for your license. You have within a set number of days (determined by your state) to get married, have the officiant sign it, and send it back to the clerk’s office for it to be legal. Once you return it and they process it, the marriage is legal. You don’t need to reapply or renew anything after that.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I second Jenn23, every state/county is different.  Some states do not have one rule that applys to all counties and some states you can’t get a license in one county and have it signed in another (for instance).

The general idea is that you get your license 30-60 days before your wedding and it needs to be signed by you and your officiant and your witnesses and returned in that timeframe or you will have to get another one.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Th way it works in TX is that once you go get it, you have 30 days (I think) to get it signed and submitted for it to be legal.  So, like, you couldn’t hold onto it for 6 months and THEN send it in… The expiration date is the time you have to have it sent in by.

ETA: oops, I see a couple other ladies beat me to it… With much better explanations!  🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

In MI, when you get a marriage license, you first go to the County Building and you pick up your license.

At your wedding, you, your FI, the officient, and witnesses sign the license.

After the wedding, you go back to the County Building and they register the license and make you a certified copy.

I believe the “expiration date” means that after you pick up the license the first time, you have a certain amount of time (usually 90 days) to get married and turn it back in before it expires.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I know in NY – you have to wait 24hrs from when you get it. Ya can’t just go to city hall, grab your license and then find a JOP. It’s valid for 60days here too – which means you only have 60days to use it. I’m still 71 days out (according to the countdown on my blog – haha) so we can’t get ours yet. 😉

Post # 12
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2376 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

yep…just look it up for your state.  Here in Colorado, we get 30 days until it expires.

Post # 14
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1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Look up your state and county requirements!

I know that we have 60 days to have our license signed. We are going to get our marriage license on July 17th and I am excited already!!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

HisBarista – that’s exactly what PA is…valid for 60 days, but a 3 day waiting period. Basically, if you don’t get married within 60 days, it expires! But, no, thank goodness they don’t expire while you’re married. Can you imagine?? Haha…a lot of people wouldn’t be married anymore if that were the case!

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