(Closed) When to get marriage liscense?

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@cassandra102012:  I guess it really depends on your jurisdiction, but we got ours on Monday for a Friday ceremony.

Post # 4
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It depends on your state/county.  Ours is valid for 90 days.  I’ve heard in some places there is a waiting period before you can use it.  Check the website for your vital records or county clerkcs office for the most accurate info.  That would alse be the place to know what you need to bring (passport/ID, birth certificate) and if you need bloodwork, etc.

Post # 5
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

In my state “Oregon” the marriage license is only good for 60 days once it is issued. The waiting period after the license is issued is 3 days. 

So you will need to look up Saint Charles’ laws to find out the correct answer to your question.

Post # 6
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Quite honestly every jurisdiction will have different requirements.

So you need to look up the LEGAL REQUIREMENTS for the State / County / City you plan to marry in.  Every place has different laws in regards to what paperwork / hurdles need to be completed prior to issuing the license.

We are marrying in South Carolina, one of the easiest places to get married… (no need for a Medical Exam, Blood Work, Residency Requirements, or extensive Paperwork).  All we need to do is fill out the form, get a Notary here to verify that we are who we say we are (via our Passports, and coming to them in person) and then send in our fee… in our case as out of State Residents that is $ 100

Then BOTH show up together at the Court House at least 24 Hours prior to marrying… prove again that we are who we say we are (Passports) and swear an oath that we have no legal impediments that against us marrying… then we will be good to go.

In SC, a Marriage License doesn’t expire… so we are applying now for our December Wedding… just because we want to get this underway asap, and it is a requirement to contracting our Officiant.


Post # 7
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

As other bees suggested each county/jursidiction is different, ours was valid for 60 Days and we got it a month before the wedding.


Post # 8
3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Contact the local gov’t agency that issues them.  Every place has different laws about that.  Where I live now, it’s only valid for 30 days, and unless you’ve had premarital counseling (we didn’t), there was a 3 day waiting period to use it.  In the state where I used to live it was valid for 90 days.  It varies pretty wildly.

Post # 9
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Like other bees have said, it really depends on where you live. Here, the license is valid for 60 days and there is no waiting period. We got our license a week and a half or so before the wedding. Our pastor also required for us to have it and hand it to her by the rehearsal.

Post # 10
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m not sure if your St.Charles is in Missouri or Illinois. However, in Missouri your marriage license is only valid for 30 days. You’ll want to give yourself a little wiggle room. We got ours about three weeks out and then made sure it got sent in the day after our wedding. 

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