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Do Marriage Licenses Transfer from State to State?

Looking to plan your wedding in a different state than the one you live in? Wondering “Do marriage licenses transfer from state to state?” You’ll want to make sure you learn about the state’s marriage license restrictions well before your wedding date. A common question couples ask when planning a wedding is “Do marriage licenses transfer from state to state?” and the answer is no, they do not. A marriage record or marriage certificate, which is received as legal proof of marriage after the ceremony, will be legally recognized in all states. Because your marriage license will not transfer from one state to another, you’ll need to have the required documents prepared when you go in person to apply for the license. Typically, a marriage license is not hard to get when you do not hold residency in the same state as your ceremony, but there are a few things you should be prepared for during your application process.

Do Marriage Licenses Transfer From State to State?

Most states require you to apply for your marriage license at the town or county clerk’s office where the ceremony will be taking place. However, in some states, permanent residents must apply for their marriage license in the town or county where they live, while non-residents must apply in the town or county where the ceremony will take place. To clarify which town or county you must visit to apply for your marriage license, be sure to contact the county clerk’s office to discuss the state’s individual requirements. And don’t fret, they will be familiar with the “is a marriage license valid in all states” question!

 

Once you have determined where you’ll have to apply for your marriage license, you should ask about any required wait times and the license duration. It isn’t uncommon for a marriage license to come with a three day waiting period between the application and issuance, but again every state is different. Your state of choice may not have any waiting period, in which case you can apply for your out of state marriage license and get married in the same day! Be sure you also ask about the license duration period too. You may be required to use the marriage license within as little as 10 days after receiving it. On the other hand, you may find out you’re lucky enough to have applied in a state with no marriage license expiration date.

 

Last but not least, be sure that you have the required vital records and documents needed to apply for a marriage license. In most cases, both you and your soon-to-be spouse will be required to have a valid form of photo ID, such as a passport,  driver’s license or military ID, a social security card, and/or a birth certificate. In order to complete your application process, your documents must be  valid, current, government certified documents so make sure everything is up to date prior to your application day. If you do need to update your birth certificate or need help obtaining a birth certificate to apply for one of the other forms of ID, you can visit VitalChek’s express online ordering system and you’ll have your birth certificate in hand in no time.

126 Comments

  1. When i come back to California where i live, who notifies california that i got married myself or the state i was married in?

    1. Congratulations on your marriage Virginia, and thank you for your question. If your name will be changing after your marriage, it is likely that the state where you currently live will be notified as you update documents such as your state-ID or driver’s license, Social Security card, voter registration, etc. If your name is not changing, you may want to contact the State with your updated marital status information. Best Regards.

  2. If my ex-husband and I elope to a different state and re marry, how does it go on record that we remarried in the state we r from?

    1. Hello Cheiron. You may want to contact the vital records agency in the state where you reside to find out if you are required to submit any legal documentation of your marriage.

  3. Hi,
    I have been staying in Maharashtra but got married in Madhya Pradesh.
    If I need to get a marriage certificate, will I have to approach MAhrashta Corporation. Or Madhya Pradesh office.

    Reg,
    Wellwisher

    1. Hello. Unfortunately, we are not knowledgeable about the rules and regulations that pertain to vital records in the various states within India. We suggest you consult with the local registrar for more information on how to obtain a copy of your marriage certificate. We wish you the best.

  4. I live in Ohio. He lives in Indiana. We want to marry in Indiana but reside in Ohio. What do we need to do? Also both of us have been divorced.

    1. Hello Debbie. We suggest you contact the County Clerk’s office in the area in Indiana where you intend to get married. They should be able to fill you in on the requirements for obtaining your marriage license.

    2. I live in Massachusetts but I got married in Florida. I can not for the life of me find my marriage license and I need it in order to get the new ‘REAL ID’ now required for my license. How do I obtain a copy of my marriage certificate that is in Florida while I am in Massachusetts? If anyone knows please tell me! I have limited time to get this done and it’s so stressful I just dnt know what to do

      1. Hello Maigan. Thanks for reaching out with your question about obtaining a certified copy of your marriage certificate from Florida. You can click here to order online from VitalChek or you can visit the Florida Health website for more information about the different ways you can order through them.

  5. My husband and I live in Indiana we got married in Florida our marriage license had caught fire in our house fire. My question is I had never filed for our license in Indiana are we still legally married in the state of Indiana?

    1. Hello Bobbie. We are sorry to hear about your house fire. To the best of our knowledge you wouldn’t need to “file” a record of your marriage in Indiana. If you ever need to have a certified copy of your marriage certificate, you can contact Florida Vital Statistics or an online ordering service such as VitalChek to order a new copy.

  6. If I live in North Dakota and am having a destination wedding in Littleton, Colorado.. can I get my license in North Dakota

    and take it with to the marriage ceremony or do I need to get it fill out and pay for the Colorado marriage license. I do believe that the signed license after the ceremony is valid in all states but can we
    use the North Dakota licenses as a legal document in Colorado. I know that we need certain documents to apply for a license.

    1. Hello Pamela. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. The best thing to do would be to contact the county clerk’s office in Colorado to determine whether they will recognize a SD marriage license or not. We wish you the best.

  7. My fiancé is a California resident I live in New York can we get married in New York and move bk to California together

    1. Hello Robert. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. We can’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be able to reside together in California.

  8. Hello,
    If I’m filing for a divorce and I currently live in a different state from we were married in Orange Beach, Alabama. How do I go about it? My ex lives in Wisconsin, and I live in Texas.

    1. Hello Tamika. You do not have to go back to the state that issued your marriage license to file for divorce. You will more than likely need to file in the state where you or your spouse has established residency. Each state may have different requirements regarding the length of time that you must have lived there before you can get a divorce in the state. (A few states have no residency requirements) You may need to present proof of residency such as a valid driver’s license, voter ID card, etc.

  9. If i get married in new Orleans and i am from Michigan, do i get my marriage license in new Orleans or Michigan? when we get married in new Orleans do i send the certificate in that state or back in Michigan?

    1. Hello. Thanks for reaching out with your question about applying for a marriage license. You will need to apply for the marriage license in the place where the event occurs – New Orleans, Louisiana. Be sure to check ahead of time if LA has any residency requirements in order to issue a marriage license. Regarding your second question, your marriage certificate will more than likely be on file in the state where the ceremony took place so you would order copies from the state of Louisiana.

  10. I was married in Florida 6 years ago and now live in Kentucky and I’ve been waiting for a divorce for a few years now. I am currently pregnant (not by him) and was told since I’m married his name will come back on the birth certificate instead of the actual fathers, even if I put the baby’s father name on the hospital paper work. Will that happen if our marriage was in Florida?

    1. Hello Alysha. Each state may have different guidelines for the information that appears on a child’s birth certificate. It may be necessary for a paternity test to be taken in order for the baby’s father rather than your husband’s name to be on the birth certificate. We suggest you contact the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services for the most accurate information on this subject.

  11. Hello, If i live in Pennsylvania and want to get married in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where do i apply for my marriage license?

    1. Hello Tammy. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. In most instances, you will need to get your marriage license in the state where the marriage will occur. Click here for more information about applying for a marriage license in the state of New Jersey. Hope this information helps!

  12. Hi, I’m from Texas, and my fiance is from California. We going to get married in Vegas. I plan to move back to L.A with him, but temporarily, we both plan to move to Lincoln, Ne just not sure how long after we get married before we do this. Sense the marriage will take place in Vegas, and I plan to have my sirname changed legally, will our marriage be valid as we move, or do we have to contact each state as we arrive?

    1. Hello Jasmine. Thanks for reaching out with your question. If you are legally married in Vegas, there’s should be no problem with your marriage being recognized where ever you live.

  13. Hello I’m from Louisiana but I just recently moved to Dallas can I get a marriage license in Dallas and have a ceremony in Louisiana???

    1. Hello Al. Thanks for reaching out with your question. If you wish to get married in Louisiana, you will more than likely need to apply for your marriage license in Louisiana where a marriage license is issued by the Clerk of Court in the parish where the event is to take place.

    2. Hi I’m latrussa,, I’m getting married in Reno but we live in California what will we have to do to have it recognized in California?

      1. Hello Latrussa. Thanks for reaching out with your question. To apply for a marriage license in Reno, Nevada, you can go to the Washoe County Marriage Bureau. Once you are legally married in Reno, your marriage should be recognized by the state of California and no further action is required by you.

  14. Hello. I’m living in Atlanta, but my wife and I secretly eloped to Nevada to get married. We are going to have a full wedding ceremony because my family doesn’t know that we are married. Is it possible to get a license renewal in GA?

    1. Hello Joe. Congratulations! You may want to contact the county clerk in Georgia to determine what steps you need to take.

  15. My fiancé and I will be getting married in NY and PA with two different ceremonies. Do we need to register for a marriage License in both states to get married or just one?

    1. Hello Stacy. More than likely you will need to apply for a marriage license in both states. Since requirements can vary from state to state, we suggest you contact the county clerk’s offices in both locations for more information. Congratulations!

  16. My son and his girlfriend want to get married in Reno, Nevada but are legal residents of California and will be living in California after they marry. How do they file their paperwork here in California?

    1. Hello Nancy. If they intend to get married in Reno, they will need to submit an application for a marriage license to the Washoe County Clerk’s office in Nevada..

  17. Can i get married in vegas and come back to south carolina without the state knowing? I want it to remain a secret once i return, so do i just not turn in the license?

    1. More than likely, your marriage will just be filed in the county in Nevada where you get married and you will be mailed a copy of your certificate after it is registered. You may want to check with the Clark County Clerk to see if they send any notification back to South Carolina.

      1. ok thanks so much and this is also the same answer if i were to get married in Tennessee as well?

        1. To the best of our knowledge…yes.

  18. Hello if I get married in Ohio and I live in Michigan do I have to noftied Michigan or will Ohio let Michigan know I get married

    1. Hello. I don’t believe there is any requirement that you have to notify the state of Michigan that you were married in Ohio nor do I think Ohio will do it for you. Once you are married you will need a certified copy of a marriage certificate if you need to change your name or get a new Social Security card or driver’s license. You can get a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the vital records office in the area where the marriage took place or through an online ordering service such as VitalChek.

  19. Hi I am performing a ceremony in Monterey Ca… the couple are residents of Minnesota.. where should they obtain their license.. Ca or Minnesota?

    1. Hello Marie. The marriage license will be obtained in California as that is where the event will take place.

  20. Hello, my fiance an I both live in Ohio and will be married in Kentucky. After getting a marriage license and performing the ceremony in Kentucky, do we need to inform Ohio of our marriage? If so, what is the process of doing so?

    1. More than likely, there is nothing you need to do as far as notifying the state specifically about your marriage. If a name change or address change is involved, you will need to update your driver’s license, etc. You can contact the county clerk’s office in the area where you live to find out if there is anything you need to do once the marriage has occurred.

  21. Hello,
    My Fiance and I live in Ohio but plan to Elope in Niagara Falls, Canada. I will not be changing my last name. So will i have to rwport to anyone when we get back? Also we have signed and notirized a form as far as our assets and debt if something would happen to us.

    1. Thank you for your question, and congratulations. While you may not be changing your name after getting married, you will still need to file the marriage license in the state where you currently live. This will ensure that your marriage is officially recorded, and that you and your spouse will have all the legal rights associated with the marriage. You may also wish to notify your banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, etc. as they may require updated marital status information. Best wishes on your upcoming ceremony.

  22. if i apply in kansas can i have my ceromony in okla?

    1. Hello Dustin. You will need to apply for your marriage license in the area in which the ceremony will take place.

  23. I got my marriage license in St Clair county Michigan but married in Wayne county michigan. Is my marriage valid? Someone said it wasn’t if it wasn’t in the same county as I applied in that I married

    1. Hello Jessi. Your best bet will be to contact the clerk’s offices in St. Clair County and also in Wayne County for an accurate answer to your question.

    2. Hello, I’m married in Washington state but wanting to get a marriage license in California. It would be to the same person just gonna be living California and want a license in th state I live in.

      1. Hello Jayla. A marriage license is a piece of paper that authorizes you to get married and a marriage certificate is a document that proves you are married. You had to apply for a marriage license in Washington in order to get married there. And, since you got married in Washington, they are responsible for issuing the certificate that certifies the marriage took place Most states recognize marriages from other states so there is no need for duplication.

  24. Me and my husband are married in one state my husband goes to a different state and gets married how do I or the state find out that he is already previously married

    1. Hello. If someone is legally married, that marriage should be a matter of public record so you may be able to find your answer through a public records search.

  25. Is my marriage not valid if the license is for Virginia but actually got married in West Virginia

    1. Hello Greg. We suggest you contact the Clerk’s office in the West Virginia County where the marriage took place for more information as to whether they recognize out of state marriage licences.

  26. If you get married in another state when it was legalized there but not in Texas is that liicence good in Texas

    1. Hello Theresa. The marriage license is the document you apply for that allows you to get legally married in a particular location. The marriage certificate is the document that records and verifies that the marriage took place. If you were married in one state, it should be recognized in other states. But, if you need verification, you can always contact the state of Texas.

  27. im getting married friday. the wifey lives in Wyoming and I Live In Utah. i cant move there yet since im still under my lease via section 8. what do i need to do? my lease doesnt end until april 2020.

    1. Hello Cory. I am not sure I understand your question. You apply for your marriage license before you get married…it is the document that allows you to legally get married. After you get married, you get your marriage certificate which serves as proof that you did get married. Once you move to Utah, you will need to submit a change of address for postal reasons and get a new driver’s license at the DMV in your new community. There is nothing you need to transfer from one state to another with regard to your marriage certificate.

  28. My wife and I are going through a dissolution of marriage. And she is trying to take EVERYTHING. I am curious if because we got our marriage license in North Dakota, but then lied and said our ceremony was also in North Dakota. When the ceremony was actually held in Montana. Ford this make our marriage null and void? Meaning we were never actually legally married?

    1. Hello Chance. Thanks for reaching out but your question is on that would be best answered by an attorney who is familiar with the laws in that area.

  29. I am married to a man but getting a divorce he lives in tax and I in Cali … my Wife to be now and I wanna get married Could we go to Colorado and get married even if I’m still married to my Ex

    1. Hello Michelle. It is more than likely that you would not be able to remarry in the state of Colorado if you are still married to your ex. You may want to contact the county clerk’s office in the area where you wish to marry for more information on their requirements.

  30. If I live in Michigan but want to get married in Las vegas do I need a Michigan marriage license?

    1. Hello Amy. If you plan to get married in Las Vegas, you will both need to appear in person before a Clerk at a Clark County Marriage Bureau location. Click here to visit the Clark County Nevada government website for more information.

  31. We got married over a yr ago in Vegas, We did not file the wedding cert in Iowa. Our families say it is not legal. Since our marriage is not what we want anymore is everyone right about this? My husband said that’s why he never pushed to file it cuz we rushed into this.
    Lisa

    1. Hello Lisa. If you applied for and received a marriage license prior to your ceremony in Vegas and your certificate was appropriately signed by you, the officiant and any witnesses, then you are legally married. To the best of my knowledge, there is no need to file a marriage certificate directly with the state where you live.

  32. We live in Michigan but want to quietly elope in Hawaii. In which state would I need to apply for a marriage license?

    1. Hello Chloe. You will apply for the marriage license in the state where the event will take place…Hawaii

  33. I was married at sea by princess cruises captain how do I get a certified copy of bermuda license. Does california or Arizona recognize the marriage

    1. Hello Robi. Congratulations on your marriage. If you need a copy of your marriage certificate, we suggest you contact the Bermuda Registry General’s office for more information.

  34. Hi. I was married in Georgia, but we have now moved to Virginia. Our Georgia marriage license was slightly damaged, and we like the look of Virginia marriage licenses better anyway (hehe). Is there anyway to apply for a new marriage license in Virginia?

    1. Hello Madison. Thanks for reaching out with your question. I believe you are referencing your marriage certificate rather than your marriage license. A marriage license is the document you receive prior to getting married that specifies you are legally able to marry. A marriage certificate is a legal document that verifies that the marriage took place. A marriage certificate is issued in the state where the event took place. If your certificate was damaged and you want to order a certified copy, you can order one through the Georgia Department of Public Health. Click here to visit their website.

  35. Hey Larissa! My fiance and I are residences of Kentucky. We are currently working in the Netherlands temporarily but need to come back to the US to get married in order to gain a work visa. If we choose any state or location in the US to get married, how do we make sure it is legal. Do we have to get married in Kentucky or can it be anywhere and still be recognized? Do we need to go to the state of Kentucky to get a marriage license and then we can get the certificate anywhere after in any state?

    1. Hello Clint. Thanks for reaching out with your questions. You do not necessarily have to get married in Kentucky. Some states may have residency requirements for obtaining a marriage license while others such as Nevada do not. You will need to apply for a marriage license in the state where the event will take place. If you are considering getting married in a state other than Kentucky, research that state’s requirements for obtaining a marriage license.

  36. Hello, I am married in France to a French citizen and have been living with my spouse in France ever since.. Is my marriage automatically recognized by my home state of Pennsylvania or do I need to send a translation of my French marriage certificate to an official office in the US?

    1. Hello Michael. More than likely your marriage will be recognized in your home state of Pennsylvania but you may want to contact the for more information. You can click here to visit the PA DOH website for contact information.

  37. If I live in one state and get married in another but I have know plans of changing my name will anyone know

    1. Hello Vickie. Your marriage will more than likely be a matter of public record in the jurisdiction where you got married but there probably is no legal notice sent from one state to the other.

  38. I live in FL and he lives in VA. We want to get married in VA. It says there is no waiting period and I don’t need to be a resident. He will be moving to FL in June. Will it transfer over then?

    1. Hello Becca. If you are getting married in VA, you will apply for your marriage license there. Once you are officially married, VA will issue a marriage certificate verifying that the event took place.

  39. Me and wife are getting married in Colorado and are from Pennsylvania. Do we need a Pennsylvania marriage liscene?

    1. Hello Zachery. Congrats on your upcoming nuptials! You will need to apply for a marriage license in Colorado since that is where the ceremony will take place.

  40. My wife and i got married in Las Vegas Nevada but shortly after moved to California. Our marriage since fell apart and I wish to file for divorce but don’t know if i need to file here in California or back in Nevada. I prefer Nevada because california had a ridiculous 6 month waiting period for God knows what.

    1. Hello Jeff. I believe you are required to file for divorce in state where you reside. Please note that many states have requirements that you reside in the state a certain amount of time before you can file for divorce.

  41. I am a US citizen but am not a resident and live in another country.
    A few years ago I married in Vegas with another non-American.
    Was it reported to other states in the US outside of Nevada?

    1. Hello Dave. While your marriage would more than likely be recognized by states other than Nevada should you choose to reside in one, to the best of my knowledge there is no “interstate marriage database” that notifies other states when a marriage occurs.

  42. We live in Texas and are going to be getting married in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. I have heard if you live in the state of Texas, you can actually bring a marriage license from the Texas local courthouse for the ceremony. Does anyone know the truth behind this? I would love to not have to go to the courthouse the morning of my wedding but I don’t want to do the wrong thing either!

    1. Hello Kelsey. We suggest you contact agency in St Thomas that would issue your marriage license to determine if they will recognize a license from Texas. Best to cover your bases.

  43. Me and my bf live in Tennessee and want to get married but he is still legally married in Florida they have been separated for quite some time now we can’t afford to pay for a divorce and get married

    1. Hello Mercedes. When you apply for a marriage license, your boyfriend will more than likely be required to produce a divorce certificate before the marriage license will be issued.

  44. Hello. I got a divorce in the state where I reside in 2018. I remarried the same person in another state at their coercion last year. We are now separating again and I don’t know what the first step is. Annulment? Divorce, etc. Thank you

    1. Hello Barry. Which avenue to take is a decision you will have to make. You might consider seeking legal advice to sort everything out.

  45. Hello, I’m a resident of Wisconsin and and my Fiance is from Thailand but now she got her K1 visa and she will be here on the 3/05/2020.
    I’m planing perform a ceremony in Minnesota. Can I apply for Minnesota marriage license?

    1. Hello. You can apply for a marriage license in any Minnesota county, regardless of where you live. Your wedding ceremony can take place anywhere in the state, but it must happen within 6 months after you receive the license. PLease click here for more information on obtaining a marriage license in Minnesota..

  46. Hello, I live in IL and my fiancee live in NJ. We are moving in NJ but I want to get married in IL first. Would my license be accepted there?

    1. Hello Leon. You and your fiancee will need to apply for your marriage license in Illinois prior to your wedding date. Once you are married, you will order a marriage certificate that certifies that your marriage legally took place. While there may be specific legal purposes where you may be required to present a copy of your marriage certificate, to the best of my knowledge there is no general need to present a copy of your marriage certificate to the state of NJ should you choose to live there.

  47. I live in TN but i planed to get married in alabama seeing how i am from there what would i need to do ?

    1. Hello Samantha. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage.You may want to contact the county clerk’s office in the area where you intend to get married to find out their requirements for obtaining a marriage license.

  48. My daughter is planning on getting married in Georgia, but we are worried that the military will not let her father leave Maryland (due to the pandemic), If she already has a marriage license for Georgia, would she be able to discard it and get one for Maryland instead so they could come up and get married there instead?

    1. Hello Angela. She may be able to get a marriage license in Maryland instead. We do advise that she contact the county clerk’s office in the area in Maryland where the wedding would take place to find out if they have any special requirements to obtain a marriage license there. (Some states may have residency requirements.)

  49. We are getting married here in AZ in October. However, there are some health issues going on that he needs to go see a doctor for. He does not currently have insurance but I do. If we went to Vegas to get married so it’s legal and still hold the wedding here in AZ in October would anything need to be filed in AZ prior to October? Would we need to get another marriage license for AZ for the wedding in October? Who should I be asking these questions to?

    1. Hello Tiffany. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. You may want to contact the clerk’s office in the county in AZ where you plan to marry to find out what their requirements would be.

  50. I live in ohio and got married in florida, my husband says we are not married cause we didnt file in our hometown? Any Idea if this is true ?

    1. Hello Jennifer. Thanks for reaching out with your question. While some states may only grant you a marriage license if one of the parties is a resident, if you applied for a marriage license and got married in Florida, you are legally married. You do not necessarily have to get married in the state where you live.

  51. My boyfriend and I have been talking about want to elope in Florida. He is from Texas and I am from South Carolina.
    Does state of South Carolina has to be notify if I got married in Florida? If we get a copy of Marriage certificate in Florida;
    Do we have to submit certificate to South Carolina?

    1. Hello Kayla. To the best of our knowledge, there is no requirement to submit notification of your marriage to the state of South Carolina.

  52. Hello–During Covid-19, we are looking to use an online wedding service. We are both residents of Michgian.
    This service seems to provide a marriage license from Utah and do online ceremony (similar to a Las Vegas marriage). What is unclear to me is whether this service/license would be legal in Michigan. Would we be legally married and/or would we still need to take steps in Michigan to have the marriage legally recognized? Here is the description from the site:

    “E-Sign and process your marriage application same day services and receive your marriage license certificate electronically same day and your court sealed marriage license certificate within 3-5 business days in-person or by express mail FED EX, DHL,UPS or U.S postal with tracking information after ceremony is performed and completed with bride, groom and your assigned wedding court officiant. Your marriage will not say online. All marriage licenses are issued directly from the courts, both couples will receive a hard copy court seal marriage license and will be recognized in all 50 U.S States.”

    1. Hello Alexander. You may want to contact a registrar in Michigan to find out if they would have any legal issues with the legality of this marriage arrangement. Also be sure to thoroughly research the service provider involved to make sure they are a legitimate company.

  53. Hello, My fiance and I live in San Bernadino County in california. My fiance works 6 days a week and only has Sundays off, so getting married is a huge issue right now since we cannot make it to the clerk’s office on their schedule. We thought of Vegas as an option because everything is open all the time… But I don’t know if that will make it legal where we live. And we need it legal asap because I am pregnant and need to be on his insurance to receive proper care. What would we need to do if we did get married in Vegas?
    Would we still have to both show up to our own county’s office together?

    1. Hello Megan. If you wish to get married in Las Vegas, both parties must appear in person before a Clerk at a Clark County Marriage Bureau location. Click here for more information about the process.

  54. We both live in Ohio,the pastor is from Ohio,we got are license from
    Ohio,can we drive to mom house in another state
    And get married so mom can see us do this

    1. Hello Gwen. You certainly can get married in another state but you will need to apply for your marriage license in the state where the ceremony will take place. Each state may have different requirements for obtaining the marriage license so we suggest you call in advance for more information.

  55. Hello,

    My husband and I got married in Mississippi, however, we obtained the license from IL, is this considered a legal ceremony would we have to get married all over again to reflect being married in the correct city town and state.

    1. Hello Tish. In most cases, you are required to get married in the jurisdiction where you got the marriage license. You can check with the clerk’s office in Mississippi to see if they do indeed recognize the license from IL.

  56. Hoping someone could help me with my question. Me and fiancé are looking to marry in Michigan
    Where we both currently live. But a week after our wedding we will be moving to Georgia. Would it better to wait until we are in Georgia to get our marriage
    License or get it while we are still in Michigan

    Thanks

    1. Hello George. The marriage license is the document you apply for prior to getting married. The marriage certificate is the document you receive after the marriage that verifies that the vent legally took place. If you are planning to marry in Michigan, you will need to get your marriage license in Michigan prior to the actual event. After you move to Georgia, you can order additional copies of your marriage certificate.

  57. Hi We applied for a a marriage license where we lived and took it with us on the cruise-a friend married us on the cruise-didnt
    know there was paperwork needed to be filled out where the cruise was sailing.My question is-is the marriage since the license
    was issued where we live but we didnt get married there.Thanks

    1. Hello Nicole. You may want to contact the clerk’s office that issued the marriage license to determine if the marriage is recognized or not.

  58. Hello, if anyone can help, we live in Florida and will reside in FL but we are looking to get married in South Carolina. Can we apply for a marriage license in Florida and just bring it to our officiant / ceremony no the day of the wedding in SC?

    thanks

    1. Hello Jeremy. You will more than likely need to apply for the marriage license in the state where the ceremony will take place – South Carolina.

  59. Being an ordained minister in South Carolina, can I perform a marriage ceremony in SC for a couple a already have a Nevada marriage license?

    1. Hello Lynn. More than likely, the couple will need to get a marriage license in South Carolina but check with your local county clerk’s office for more information.

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