(Closed) When to get your marriage license

posted 10 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I called our town hall and asked them what to do.. for us they said we do not have to have it issued in the town we are getting married but I know that some towns / states you are required to obtain it from where the ceremony will be held.

Also, I am not sure if it is standard or not, but for us it is valid for 60 days from when its issued… we are getting married May 30 so we are planning on going down the first week of April to fill out the simple form and make the payment…

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

The best advice is to check your state’s requirements very carefully, so that you get it at the right time.  For instance in the state of Florida, you can get your marriage license up to 60 days before your wedding ceremony.  However, other states have a smaller window.  You should also check on the "waiting period" between when you get your license and when you can get married; my sister who got married in Wisconsin had to get hers at least five days before the ceremony.  You should be able to call or do an internet search for your city or county clerk of courts to get the specific information.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Yeah, we’re going to have a problem with this, because we won’t be in California in the 2 months prior to the wedding, and we won’t be home until 2 or 3 days before.  I’m gonna go read the requirements right now!

UPDATE: California gives you 90 days to get married, and we’ll be home within that time frame… so we’ll be ok.  Sheesh.  I can’t believe it costs $74 for the license!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yep, CA gives you 90 days to get married!!

Post # 8
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

@doctorgirl: REALLY? what county in California are you getting married in? i got married in San Diego county and it only cost $50 for the license here. You might want to look into getting your license in a county that charges less because the license will still be valid anywhere in the state of California. But that’s only if the cost is a big deal…

@rhodeygirl: I googled "marriage license rhode island" and came up with this form that tells you everything about obtaining a marriage license in your state: http://www.health.ri.gov/chic/vital/marriageRI.pdf (I tried to attach the form itself but I guess the file size is too big. Copy and paste the link into your browser and it will take you right to the form). Looks like you have a few rules to look over carefully. But It only costs $24! Nice! Hope that helps!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

we in IL have 60 days to get married after we obtain the marriage license and we’re planning to do it the first day my fiance comes out to Chicago (from CA) for the wedding, 5 days before.  Our courthouse issues the license while you wait–but it will only be a few days before the wedding, for us!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’ll have to look into other counties… the problem is that we’ll be in Nevada County (where we are getting married) when we come down in May.

Most counties are in the $70 dollar range.  Santa Clara County is $79… but I did find that Placer County is $56, and that is not too far away for us, so maybe we’ll try to go there!

Post # 11
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

@doctorgirl: what you should be able to do is print out your application form ahead of time and have it all filled out so that by the time you get down here all you’ll have to do is take your form (and necessary ID) to the county records office of whatever county you decide to apply at. you can even schedule an appointment with the records office so that you’re not having to spend your whole day waiting as a walk in. That might give you a little more flexibility to apply in a different county and save yourselves a few $$$.

Update: Just googled placer county marriage license. HERE is their webpage that takes you to the marriage license application form. You should be able to print it out and fill it out ahead of time. Then just sched your appt. and you and your Fiance can apply in person in no time! Hope that helps!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Also be aware that there is not only an expiration date on the license, there is also a waiting period in many states – so it’s also not good until a certain number of days after it is issued.  Another important thing to note is that you are often required to pay cash – yes, actual cash.  They won’t take either a check or a debit or credit card.  So finding out how much it will cost in advance is particularly important!  If you call your county clerk’s office, or look at their website, you should be able to figure out the requirements.  Also be aware that not every county clerk’s office issues marriage licenses – there are several offices in our county, but only two of them do marriage licenses.  So you should check that as well.  If you call the office they are often willing to let you know what their busy times are, so that you don’t have to wait – although at ours, there was a separate desk for marriage licenses, so you didn’t have to wait in line with all the people paying their tabs and changing their titles anyway.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia

We just got ours today in Arlington, VA. The wedding is two months away. It only took a few minutes and I think it’s good for several months. When marrying in Virginia, you can have the license from any county in the state.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia

OMG. We’re such IDIOTS! Arlington county actually only allows 60 days from the time of issuance of the certificate to the ceremony! Mr. P was supposed to check that! We’re 68 days out! OYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Poor Perfume 🙁  My future sister in law and her Fiance were going to get theirs yesterday, (for their June 6 wedding) but called at the last minute and realized they have to wait a couple more weeks before they are within the 60 day window!  

 

So does that mean you have to pay the fee and everything again?  That stinks!  

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