(Closed) does marriage license carry over to another state?

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
10196 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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shaarons52 :  

It’s valid in other states as well.  We have the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution to ensure that.

Also, states have reciprocity statutes as well.  They’re fine.

Post # 3
2769 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

You can’t get married in CA and try to file in AZ. But what they did is totally fine!

Post # 4
849 posts
Busy bee

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shaarons52 :  Of course it carries over!

Marriage licenses generally carry over if you move to another country as well. Married immigrants don’t have to get married again when they move to the US.

Post # 5
3057 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Of course!!

Post # 6
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

How the heck could you be someone who can officially marry a couple and NOT know this?  Did you file their marriage license with the county?  If not THEY ARE NOT MARRIED!  You sound like the most irresponsible officiant I have ever heard of.  

Post # 7
4775 posts
Honey bee

A legally performed marriage is recognized in every state.  But the license must be obtained and filed where the marriage is performed.  I.e. they can’t get their marriage license in AZ and marry in CA. The license needs to be obtained and filed where in CA.  


I find it troubling that you married them but don’t know this.  Google the requirements for the county they married in.  Every state has different requirements. 

Post # 8
124 posts
Blushing bee

It doesnt sound like they are legally married anywhere! Maybe somebody can tell us how destination weddings within the US work? But if the officiant didnt file the license, who did?

Post # 10
47 posts

It doesn’t matter where they live or where they were born, it matters where they were married. As others said, you get your marriage LICENSE where you get married. Once it’s filed you use your marriage CERTIFICATE to change your name where you live. 

I am also wondering how you don’t know this if you are an officiant. Are you sure YOU are allowed to legally marry these people in California?

Post # 11
64 posts
Worker bee

Full faith and credit clause! 

Post # 12
2957 posts
Sugar bee

What? Why file the license in the county where she was born? What does where she was born have to do with anything? Wouldn’t they just file the license in the county where they applied for the license (and got married)? Why is this so confusing for the officiant and married couple?

Post # 13
9758 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Did you have them cut their hands and rub the wounds together?

If not, this is all a moo point. It’s like a cows opinion, it’s moo.

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