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How to Fill Out a Washington Marriage Certificate

by Nicki Callahan

Obtaining and filling out a Washington state marriage certificate is an easy and straightforward process. The certificate is typically filled out by either a clergyman or officiate after the wedding ceremony, and it is then turned into the county office. The county office keeps a copy of the certificate, and the original is kept by the state. Information included on the certificate includes the names of the bride and groom, ceremony location, date, witnesses and name of the officiate. Customizable certificates can be found and printed off the Internet or obtained through your local courthouse.

Apply for and receive a marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. This can be done through your county auditor's office. Be aware that the license expires within 60 days if you do not get married. The cost for a marriage license varies by county but typically costs around $60. Be prepared for bride and groom to present valid IDs, and ensure that they are present at the time of filing.

Fill out lines 1 through 3 with the date, county and type of ceremony (religious or civil). Write in the officiate's name and address, and have him sign and date it upon ceremony completion in lines 4 to 7.

Fill out lines 8 through 19. This section contains information on the groom, including his full legal name, address, date and place of birth, and signature. Don't forget to fill out 41 on the back of the certificate. If you do not have a Social Security number (and only if you don't) you will need to sign there as well.

Fill out lines 22 through 34. This section asks for information about the bride. Similar to the groom's section, the bride must fill out her full legal name, address, date and place of birth, and signature. Don't forget to fill out line 42 on the back of the certificate. If you do not have a Social Security number (and only if you don't) you will need to sign there as well.

Obtain the signatures of two witnesses to your marriage on lines 37 and 38. Take the completed and signed certificate to your county auditor's office.

Items you will need
  • Blank marriage certificate
  • Black pen
  • Marriage license
  • Officiate
  • 2 witnesses

Tip

  • Brides or grooms younger than 18 must have the consent of a legal guardian.

About the Author

Nicki Callahan began her literary career in 1989. Her work has appeared in "The Charlotte Observer," "The Patriot Ledger," "The Wasatch County Courier," "Utah Homes & Garden Magazine" and "The Retired Officer Magazine." Callahan studied English literature and creative writing at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Utah.