1. People & Relationships

Discuss in our forum

Oregon Marriage License Information

By

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 Oregon 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 Oregon marriage license. We recommend contacting a county court clerk to verify information and suggest that you get 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 counties could have their own requirements.

Residency and ID Requirements in Oregon:


You do not have to be a resident of Oregon.

You will need to provide a driver's license or some sort of ID card.

Previous Marriages:


You only have to wait one day after your divorce is final to get remarried. The date of the final divorce decree is needed on the marriage license application. Some counties may require a copy of the final divorce decree.

Premarital Education in Oregon:


Whether or not you will need to receive premarital education depends on the community. Some counties in Oregon do require premarital education.

Waiting Period in Oregon:


There is a three day waiting period in Oregon. Some counties may waive the waiting fee for an additional payment of $10.00.

Fees in Oregon:


It will cost you between $50.00 - $60.00 to get married in Oregon. Cash is required in most counties.

Same-Sex Marriage:


No. In November, 2004, voters passed Measure 36 defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

However, as of February 1, 2008, residents of Oregon can register for domestic partnerships and receive many rights, benefits, privileges and immunities that are given to married couples in Oregon.
More information about domestic partnerships in Oregon

Under 18:


If you aren't 17 years of age, you can't get married in Oregon. Individuals 17 years of age will need parental consent. The consenting parent or guardian must accompany the applicant when applying for the marriage license. There is no waiver for anyone under the age of 17.

Cousin Marriage:

No.

Common-Law Marriage:

No.

Proxy Marriage:

No.

Officiants:

Judges, County Clerks or their Deputies, Justices of Peace, and ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis may perform wedding ceremonies in Oregon.

Witnesses:

Two witnesses who are at least 18 years of age are needed at the wedding ceremony.

Miscellaneous:

License is valid for 60 days.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Oregon Health Division
Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 14050
Portland, OR 97293-0050
Phone: (503) 731-4095

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.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.