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Maryland Marriage License Information

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If you've just set a date for your wedding, this can be an exciting time for the two of you! Don't let the marriage license laws of Maryland put a dent in your wedding plans.

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Maryland marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.

Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!

Requirements may vary as each county in Maryland could have their own requirements.

ID Requirement in Maryland:

If you are between 18 - 21, you must provide identification in the form of a drivers license or birth certificate. Only one applicant needs to be present. We recommend bringing identification with you even if you are over 21.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Maryland. However, you must be married in the county where you purchased your license.

Previous Marriages:

Maryland requires that you show your divorce decree, or have information regarding date, county and state of death of your previous spouse.

Covenant Marriage Option:

No.

Waiting Period in Maryland:

There is a waiting period of 48 hours in Maryland to get married.

Fees in Maryland:

It will cost you between $35 - $60.00 to get married in Maryland. Bring cash or credit cards. The charge varies from county to county.

If you have completed a state recognized pre-marital preparation course, you may receive a discount on the license fee.

Other Tests:

No blood test required.

Proxy Marriages:

No.

Cousin Marriages:

Yes.

Common Law Marriages:

No.

Same Sex Marriages:

Yes, as of January 1, 2013.

Under 18:

Parental consent is needed if under 18 years of age. If you are between 16-18 years of age, one of your parents or guardian must be with you and provide written consent.

If you are under 16 years of age, you will need both the written consent of your custodial parent or guardian and the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

If you are under 18, pregnant or have a child, and show a certificate from a licensed physician stating you are pregnant or have had a child, the parental consent requirement may be waived.

Officiants:

Official of a religious order or a deputy clerk or a judge.

Miscellaneous:

License is valid for 6 months.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:


Maryland Division of Vital Records
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0020
Telephone: (410) 764-3038

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.

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