News Updates:Many counties, such as King County, will have extended hours December 6-8, 2012, to handle the expected large numbers of same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses.
ID and Residency Requirement:
Covenant Marriage Option:
Same Sex Marriages:
Previously, in July 22, 2007, gays, lesbians and unmarried seniors in domestic partnerships have rights that include hospital visitation, inheriting property without a will, emergency health care, funeral arrangements, adoption, child custody, community property, and disposition of remains. Washington's "everything-but-marriage" law was approved by Washington state voters in November 2009. To qualify for these rights, couples have to register with the Office of the Secretary of State.
Common Law Marriage:
Under 18:Applicants between 17 and 18 years of age need to have a parent (legal custodian) present with them to provide their consent. If you are under 17 years old, you will need to have the age requirement waived by a superior court judge of the county in which one of the parties resides. Proof of age such as a driver's license or birth certificate is also required along with the written permission of the family court. Emancipated minors must present court emancipation papers specifically allowing the minor to marry.
Officiants:Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.
Witnesses:You need to have two witnesses at your marriage ceremony.
Miscellaneous:The Washington state marriage license is valid only in the state of Washington. You can not use the marriage license to get married in other states or countries.
The marriage license is valid for 60 days. What this means is you two have 60 days to get married and have your marriage license officially recorded. If you wait past that time frame, you can't get married without applying for and paying for another marriage license.
Still Confused About Getting Married in Washington?If you are still confused about the different terms used in the marriage license application process, check out these articles:
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