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How to Apply for a Marriage License in Washington DC

DC Marriage License

Filing for your marriage license is paramount before you walk down the aisle in the nation’s capital.  Fortunately, Washington D.C. has the most lenient filing process of all states and counties in the U.S.


Engaged couples in the District have the flexibility for either partner to file for the marriage license.  While it is not required for both of you to file, you will need both of your social security cards or numbers to complete the application.  The fee for your marriage license may cost less than your parking…a D.C. marriage license only costs $35 to be issued.


Another perk of getting married in Washington D.C. is the fact that your marriage license is issued the same day you apply for it and it NEVER expires!  This means you can file for one the day after your engaged (we know you’re out there over achievers) or you can file the day before your wedding (although we advise against waiting to the very last minute).

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