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FAQs about the Marriage License

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All engaged couples have certain basic questions about getting a marriage license. While the details will vary from state to state, some basic answers still apply. Here is a quick list of questions and answers that most people have about the application process.

Will my application be denied? It’s possible, but not if you have the right documentation. You will at a minimum need to provide proof of identity.

Does our marriage license expire? If it’s filed with the county clerk post wedding, no. If you have yet to file it (because you aren’t yet married), then maybe. Some states will void a marriage license after as little as 60 days, so make sure you check your state’s marriage license requirements.

Are there age restrictions for marriage licenses? In general, you must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a marriage license. Persons who are under 18 can only apply for a license under special conditions, which include parental consent or other very specific circumstances.

Will I automatically get a copy of my marriage license? No. In most cases, you must request one and pay a fee to receive it. Your certified marriage certificate will be mailed to your residence approximately two weeks after your marriage license is filed by your officiant with the county clerk’s office.

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