(Closed) Marriage license…city you live in, or city you are getting married in?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Where do you obtain your marriage license?

    The city in which you live.

    The city where you are getting married.

  • Post # 2
    7307 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    This may vary from state to state. In Maryland, you obtain the mariage license in the county (or incorporated city) where the ceremony is being performed. So we lived in county x and got married in county y. Our license was issued by county y.

    Post # 3
    1403 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Depends on state law. In my state (MA), you can get the license in any city. 

    Post # 5
    321 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

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    Ninebones:  In my area, you get the license for the county you are marrying in. 

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    Post # 6
    9575 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

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    Ninebones:  yes it matters!! I’m getting married in KY but live in NY- my marriage license for my wedding to be legal must be from KY, myself and the groom must both be present to apply for it and it only is valid for 30 days. You must look into the laws! A NY license would have been about as useful as a doily in KY. 

    Post # 8
    2445 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m in California and did not get married in the same county that I live in. I checked with both and was able to get it where we live.

    Post # 10
    70 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Rio Bravo Country Club

    I’m in california as well, and you can get it anywhere in the state as long as you use it within 60 days as I was told… you just can’t get it in one state and get married in a different state…

    Post # 11
    4038 posts
    Honey bee

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    Ninebones:  PA is pretty flexible – get a license in any county, get married in any county.

    Post # 12
    8682 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    This varies by state so you need to call where you are getting married. You will get all sorts of answers on this forum…..

    in NJ you can apply in the town you are getting married or the bride’s but you get the license afterward from the town you are actually married in

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