Typically, obtaining a copy of a marriage license is not free. When applying for a marriage license, all states require proof of identification and a license application fee. An individual seeking only a copy has to pay for a copy of the license.
The cost for a copy of a marriage license varies from state to state. Usually a state's office of public health has a vital records department from which an individual can request a copy of a marriage license via postal mail or online. Once the individual pays for the copy, processing and delivery of the marriage license can take two to four weeks.