How Do You Find an Application for a Marriage License?


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Although states moderate marriage licenses, you can usually find an application for a marriage license through the county clerk in your area or, depending on where you live, online. A list of where to apply according to state is available online at USMarriageLaws.com.

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When applying for a marriage license, applicants must provide identification, fees, paperwork and sometimes blood test results to a county clerk, according to the U.S. Marriage Laws website. The clerk's office then provides the marriage license either by mail or in person. Again, a great deal of the process depends on the state in which it takes place; there is a waiting period in some states. After the couple obtains a marriage license, the wedding must take place, sometimes within a specified time period dictated at the state level. The officiant then signs the wedding license. The officiant must have a legal qualification to perform marriages in the state in which the wedding takes place. Two witnesses must then sign the marriage license, and in some cases, the new spouses also sign the marriage license. After it has the signatures of the requisite people, the marriage license can go back to the county clerk's office for filing.

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