Obtaining a marriage license is an important step to making your marriage official and, more importantly, legal. Although the requirements vary by state, the basic federal requirements in the United States are the same. A Social Security number is absolutely required to obtain a marriage license if you are a U.S. Citizen. If you are not a citizen, you can still obtain a marriage license with comparable documents.
Locate the city or county clerk's office that is the most convenient for you.
If you are a U.S. citizen, present your driver's license or state identification card and your Social Security number when asked.
If you are a U.S. citizen and do not know your Social Security number, obtain and bring a copy of your Social Security card.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, present a picture identification card and your birth certificate (translated to English, if necessary).
Although it may not be required, you should be prepared to present your passport as well.
Once all documents have been verified, you will receive your marriage license.
- Although providing the documents mentioned above is required, you are not required to be a resident of the city or county where you are obtaining the license. Find out the average processing time for your city or county clerk's office. You should start this process at least 1 month before your wedding date.
- Your marriage license is valid for 60 to 90 days after it is issued. To avoid expiration, your wedding should occur within this frame. If you have been married before, you will need to provide documentation showing the annulment of your previous marriage.