Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Minnesota 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 Minnesota could have their own requirements. Some counties provide an online application process and some recommend scheduling an appointment when applying for a marriage license. Call the county where you plan on getting your marriage license for specific information. Minnesota County Websites
Residency Requirement:You do not have to be a resident of Minnesota.
ID Requirement:You must provide proper identification such as your driver's license or a state ID card along with providing your Social Security numbers. Additionally, if either of you has a felony conviction, proof of your service papers need to be provided. (MS 259.13)
We recommend that you call before you leave to get your marriage license application to make sure that the fee hasn't changed. Be prepared to pay in cash.
Common Law Marriages:
Additionally, make sure that you have proof of attending the premarital education course on a state approved form.
Same Sex Marriages:Yes, as of August 1, 2013. More Info
Under 18:Brides and grooms who are 16 and 17 years old need parental consent or court approval.
Minnesota Statute 517.02
Officiants:Judges, clerks of court, court commissioners, and licensed ministers, priests or rabbis, as well as representatives of Bahai, Hindu, Quaker and American Indian religious groups are authorized to perform weddings in Minnesota.
Witnesses:You will need at least two witnesses at your wedding ceremony. The witnesses must be at least 16 years of age.
Miscellaneous:License is valid for six (6) months.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage:You can purchase your Certificate of Marriage from the county that you applied for your license.
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The information in this article was accurate when it was published. 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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