(Closed) Eloping Logistics

posted 7 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There are a lot of things that are state and even county dependent. Example, most if not all the time you have to schedule a time to go before a JOP, you can’t just walk in. To just pick up a marriage license and go before JOP/Clergy/etc. at a later date you need to pick it up from the clerk’s office, and hours can vary quite a bit from court to court. There are some that will only do the license a couple times a week! Most counties have a section on their website with information regarding getting married in their state. Go check that out before you do anything.

Post # 4
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@butterflylove:  I think it’s the county where you get married is where you have to pick up a marriage license.  Some counties have different requirements like a blood test first!  It’ll be good to know prior, because it might some time to gather stuff.  Others you can get the day of.  Then whoever marries you signs it as well as your witnesses (again county dependent). I would think two IDs would be enough, but it should be listed on the county’s website.

Then I’m not sure if you mail it in to validate it or what?

In the county I was looking at, the license was good for a year, so you get get married anytime after that and get your signatures by someone who is valid to conduct marriages for your county.  Something like that!


Post # 5
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

You get the license in the state you will wed. If it’s a different country other rules will apply.

For example, to marry in Illinois you must apply in the county you will get married up to 30 days before the wedding. There is a 24 hour waiting period to get married. Let’s say you live in Jackson County but are marrying in Marion county then you have to apply in Marion at least 24 hours prior.  These rules will vary by state. Google “(state) county clerk or vital records” for regulations. 

If you get married somewhere other than where you live and you didn’t do the proper licensing there then you are not “legally” married and will have to do it where you live.

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