(Closed) Marriage license…legally married?

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You are not legally married until the marriage license is signed and returned to the county by your officiant.

Post # 4
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t think so. Your officiant/priest/whatever has to sign the marriage certificate as well!!

Post # 5
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i’m not sure about that because I thought that the officiant had to sign it, as well, and that’s usually done at the ceremony. So to my knowledge, it wouldn’t be valid yet. Sorry, I wish I was 100% sure. Anyone know more?

Post # 6
2289 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

MissAsB is correct. You go file for the license, raise your right hand and swear that you are who you say you are and all the information you provided is true to the best of your knowledge. From there, you have the ceremony within X amount of time, your officiant signs the license and then takes it to the recorders office. At that point, you’re legally married!

Post # 7
972 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

yes the girls are right, the officiant makes it official.  Some people never show up at the altar which means the wedding is off

Post # 8
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

Yeah, you’ll have to sign another paper still. If you don’t get married in X amount of days (varies by county) the License is void and you aren’t considered married. Some people like to add in an extra bit to the ceremony where they do sign the papers, but our officiant just had us sign it the day before, at the rehearsal, so technically we got married before the actual ceremony lol She put the ceremony date down though, so I guess it’s like a check- cant cash it in til the specidifed date! heh

Post # 9
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

ok – so i have a question then…i went downtown yesterday to change my name (no problems, did it…) but realized that the officiant’s name was misspelled on our “official marriage license”…

i went back to the county clerks office and they said there “oh it’s no big deal, you’re fine”…

so i’m taking their word for it – but part of me is like “ok, so are we legal if it’s the wrong name on there?” they HAVE all our paperwork and it IS signed by the correct person – they just typed it in wrong in their system…

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