(Closed) When did you apply for your marriage license?

posted 12 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
3340 posts
Sugar bee

In Colorado you have to get married within 30 days of applying, so we actually applied 4 days out from the wedding (since it was a Destination Wedding for us).  I would check to see how long the application is valid.

Post # 4
8943 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I lived in CO like Mighty so we went in the Friday before our Saturday wedding.  There was no waiting limit and we could it is immediately.  I would check with your county about how long it is valid and if there is a waiting limit after applying.

Post # 5
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think you’re supposed to apply within 30 days of the wedding also… but some states require blood tests & other things. What state are you in?

Post # 6
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

It depends on the state. You should look up your county registrar’s information to make sure you have enough time, but I’m pretty certain you do unless your state has a bizarrely long waiting period. In CA, you just have to get married within 90 days of applying for the license.

Post # 7
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You may not be able to apply that early, make sure you check. I’m in Michigan and we can’t apply more than 33 days in advance. I’m 25 days out so I’m thinking I’ll apply in the next couple of days.

Post # 9
3060 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

In MO, it is only valid for 30 days, so we will do it sometime in early December before the holidays!

Post # 10
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Requirements may vary as each county in Minnesota could have their own requirements.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Minnesota.

ID Requirement:

You must provide proper identification along with Social Security numbers.

Previous Marriages:
If you were previously married, you must show proof of divorce, death, or annulment from your most recent marriage.
Cousin Marriages:
Waiting Period:
Minnesota has a waiting period of five (5) working days. This waiting period can be waived a district judge if the circumstances are considered to be “extraordinary.”
$110 for those who don’t provide written proof of premarital education. $40 fee for those who do take an authorized premarital education course that has a minimum of 12 hours. Reduced Fee Marriage Form

Call before you leave to get your marriage license application to make sure that the fee hasn’t changed. Be prepared to pay in cash.

Other Tests:
Minnesota does not require blood tests.
Proxy Marriages:
No. However, only one applicant can apply for the marriage license as long as all the required information for the absent partner is provided. Call the Clerk of Court to see how to get your partner’s signature notarized. Requirements may vary from county to county.
Common Law Marriages:
Premarital Education:

Yes. There is a waiver of a portion of the marriage license fees to couples who do a 12 hour premarital education course. The course must use a premarital inventory, teaching about communication skills, and conflict management skills. According to the Minnesota Statute, “The premarital education must be provided by a licensed or ordained minister or the minister’s designee, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under section 517.18, or a person authorized to practice marriageand family therapy under section 148B.33.

Additionally, make sure that you have proof of attending the premarital education course on the state approved form. Read more on Minnesota’s Reduced Fee Marriage Form.

Same Sex Marriages:


Under 18:

Brides and grooms who are 16 and 17 years old need parental consent or court approval.
Minnesota Statute 517.02


Judges, clerks of court, court commissioners, and licensed ministers, priests or rabbis, as well as representatives of Bahai, Hindu, Quaker and American Indian religious groups are authorized to perform weddings in Minnesota.


You will need at least two witnesses at your wedding ceremony. The witnesses must be at least 16 years of age.


License is valid for six (6) months.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Minnesota Department of Health
Attention: Office of the State Registrar
717 Delaware St SE
P.O. Box 9441
Minneapolis, MN 55440-9441
Phone: (612) 676-5120 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (612) 676-5120      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: (612) 331-5776

Post # 11
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I found that online. Looks like you have to wait 5 days but you have up to 6 months. So I think you can just go ahead & apply now or within the next few weeks & be fine :).

I’d check within your county just in case.

Post # 13
19 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

We just got ours Friday and we have 19 days till the wedding now.   In Florida they allow you to get it 60 days in advance.  Since we took pre-marital counseling we got it Friday otherwise they make us wait 3 days. 

Post # 14
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

in texas we have to wait 72 hours but it’s only valid for 30 days. We’re hoping to go get it this week

Post # 16
293 posts
Helper bee

Here in Nebraska we can apply up to a year ahead of time. We got ours in March, just because my Fiance and I had a day off together during the week which is rare

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