Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Connecticut marriage license.
We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.
Requirements may vary as each county in Connecticut could have their own requirements.
Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!
ID and Residency Requirements:
- Your social security numbers
- Your mother's maiden name.
- Your parents' birthplaces.
- Date and location of your wedding.
- Name and contact info of your wedding officiant.
If it is difficult for you both to appear at the same time at the Clerk's office to apply for your marriage license, you can appear individually.
Covenant Marriage Option:
Common Law Marriages:
Source: Lisa W. Foderaro. "Gay Marriages Begin in Connecticut." NYTimes.com. 11/12/08.
Additionally, effective 10/01/2005, same-sex couples can be legally united through a civil union. If the ceremony is performed at City Hall, an officiant such as the City Clerk pronounces couples as "partners in life." See Side Bar for more information about civil unions in Connecticut.
Under 18:If under sixteen years of age, the written consent of the judge of probate for the district where the minor resides must be obtained. Written parental consent is needed if under 18 years of age.
Officiants:Judges, retired judges, Connecticut state referees, Connecticut justices of the peace, and ordained or license clergymen (belonging to any state) may perform weddings in Connecticut. If a friend or relative wants to perform your wedding ceremony, they can if an authorized officiator is also present to confirm your marriage ceremony and to sign your marriage license.
Miscellaneous:A marriage license in Connecticut is valid for sixty-five (65) days and is only valid in Connecticut.
Blood Tests:As of 10/01/2003 the blood test requirement was repealed.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage:You will need to contact the Town Clerk in the city or town where your marriage occurred.
PLEASE NOTE:State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.
It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.