Post # 1
so im a little but confused on the whole filing for the marriage license. We have decided to go to Hawaii and get married but after doing some research found that its $60. Not bad but its only valid in Hawaii? So does that mean i would need to go to CA and get another marriage license and pay another fee? Can anyone help me?
Post # 3
The marriage license is only valid for the state you are marrying in. Sometimes, it can even be valid only in a certain county.
If you were planning to marry in Hawaii, you have to get the license in Hawaii, Some states, if not all, have deadlines that the license must be used by. Once you are married, the certificate (which is the documentation that proves you are legally married and something entirely different from the license) is valid in every state so you don’t have to get it renewed in your home state.
Post # 4
The marriage license is only valid in Hawaii which means that you need to marry in Hawaii. Once you get home, you can use the signed marriage license to change your name.
Post # 5
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: u mean the certificate thats mailed to you? Do i take it to the courthouse and get my name changed?
Post # 6
@sweetlikcake: The best way for you to get the correct answers is to go to the court house where you live and ask the clerk. They will be able to answer all of your questions and make sure that you have all of the correct paperwork.
Post # 7
Ahh I think there’s a difference in terminology here.
You need to apply for your marriage license in person within 30 days before getting married (because it will expire after 30 days). After your marriage, you can request a copy of your marriage certificate which shows proof that you got married. The social security office, DMV, your banks, and etc will ask to see that marriage certificate when/if you change your name or tax filing status.
This resource should be helpful for you:
I don’t see anything on that page about whether you have to wait for the license after you apply. Where I got married, there was a 5 day waiting period, so I had to apply for my license 5-30 days before the wedding.
Post # 8
I should add that your marriage certificate can be used in any state to show proof that you got married, Hawaii will just be the state that “holds” those records.
Post # 9
@noritake22: Thank you!!!
@jenbrandner: ooo!! makes so much sense rather than looking at the website and trying to figure it out!
Thank you ladies!!!!!