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Applying for a Marriage License in North Dakota


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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota could have their own requirements.

Residency Requirement in North Dakota:

You do not have to be a resident of North Dakota. Non-residents need to acquire their marriage license in the county where they plan to marry.

ID Requirement:

Driver's licenses and social security cards are required. If you don't have a driver's license, a certified copy of your birth certificate is acceptable.

Previous Marriages:

A certified copy of the divorce decree is required. A plain copy of the death certificate is all that is required if your spouse is deceased.

Covenant Marriage Option:


Waiting Period in North Dakota:

There is no waiting period in North Dakota.

Fees in North Dakota:

It will cost you approximately $65.00 to get married in North Dakota -- check or cash only. Some counties may require cash only.

Other Tests:

No tests required.

Proxy Marriage:


Cousin Marriage:


Common Law Marriage:


Same Sex Marriages:

No. In November, 2004, voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.

Under 18:

If you are between 16 and 18 years old, you will need the notarized consent of your parents.

Officiants in North Dakota:

Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.


License is valid for 60 days.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Division of Vital Records
State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
Phone: (701) 328-2360


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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