Post # 1
So we’re 50 days away from “I Do!” :::Happy Dance::: and one of the things that I have on my radar for upcoming things to do is to go get our marriage license application. I’ve done the research on what we need and all that jazz, but I want to hear from someone who has done it to make sure I fully understand what to expect. I know the docs we need and how much it costs, but do you get the actual paperwork the day that you go to the courthouse? And that’s the document that the official signs and you mail off to get your actual marriage license, correct? Do you just pay the fee once or are there additional fees that we should expect?
Information in my state is very vague and I will probably call the county clerk before we go get this done (we still have a few weeks before we need to go anyway), but I just want to make sure I do it right since neither of us have ever done this before 🙂 And never will again, God willing!! Any tips, advice, info you girls have would be wonderfulness
Post # 3
it’s different depending on state, even by county and city. Check with the town clerk if you have any questions and to verify what you need to bring and how the process works.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@SweetMelissa429: Depends on the State.
Here in Florida you fill out the application and sign it in front of a clerk at the clerk of courts office. Then the clerk issues you a Marriage License; this is the document the officiant signs on the day you gte married. The license gets mailed back and filed with the court then a week or two later you order certified copies to use for your name change, etc…
Post # 5
In Texas, it was super simple. We went to the courthouse, filled out a form and precented our driver’s licenses. Then we each made a sworn statement (I can’t remember what we were swearing to, maybe not being married to someone else or something like that?). We had to pay cash and then we were given the license, our officiant signed it at the wedding and mailed it in for us, we got it back about a week later.
Post # 6
@SweetMelissa429: Your idea of calling the clerk is spot on. I am an attorney, and I call the clerk for procedural information all the time! They do this stuff EVERY DAY, and they are super helpful and they will be able to tell you exactly what you need to do. The law and procedure varies greatly from state to state, so the clerk will be able to tell you what you need to do in your state.
Post # 7
Thanks girls! I figured calling them, myself, would probably yield the most informative results, but the bees are just so darn smart, I thought I’d check with y’all first! 🙂
@beachbride1216: & @dlbaqua: That’s pretty much what I had in my head as far as the way it sounds like the process will go.