(Closed) Marriage License- in the county where we live or where we’re getting married?

posted 9 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We had the same situation and had to get ours in the county where we got married. Not sure if it is different state-by-state though. You could check with your officiant or you could call the county and ask.

Post # 4
4485 posts
Honey bee

It’s usually only valid in the county you are getting married in. Call and make sure since every location may have different laws.

Post # 5
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Definitely check the specific laws in your state.  Massachusetts allowed us to get a marriage license in any county in the state.

Post # 6
2680 posts
Sugar bee

Check the laws of your state – in CA if you want a private license you have to apply for the license in the county you are going to be married.  We did a public license which is most common and we could get it in any county – we went to Orange County for the license and got married in LA County.

Post # 7
3331 posts
Sugar bee

As the other folks said, you want to check with your state.  I believe here, you need to get the license in the county in which you’re getting married, but that might not be the case everywhere.

Post # 8
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would get the license in the county that you are getting married in, but again, double check if it would even matter which county you got it in.

Post # 9
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We had this same delimma, We applied for the license in the county we live in and got married one county over. Everything was fine and normally theres isnt a problem with it unless its out of state or across the state, Its always good to ask first, The people at the county clerks office where you get your license should be able to help you out.

Post # 10
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I would absolutely check with your state. It didn’t matter what county we got our marriage license in, so we just did it in the one we lived in.

Post # 11
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would check with the state like others have said.  In CO, you can get your marriage license in any county.

Post # 12
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ditto what others said…it varies state by state.  In OR you could get the license in any county. 

Post # 13
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think in general you’re pretty safe getting your license where you’re getting married.

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