How to Apply Online to Get a Marriage License

by Sienna Condy

Items you will need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Personal information (birth dates, Social Security numbers, etc.)

Many cities, including Los Angeles, Dallas and New York City, among others, now allow you to apply for a marriage license online, saving you time. But, how do you go about it? With a little research, a savvy couple can apply online for their marriage license in no time.

Step 1

Research the marriage license laws in your state and county. A marriage license is only valid for a set period of time, and you don't want to apply too early and have it expire.

Step 2

Take the tests. Some states require you to take blood tests or serve a waiting period before you can apply for a marriage license. Make sure you've fulfilled all these obligations before you apply.

Step 3

Apply online. Cities that offer online marriage license applications usually have a link to the online application on the Registrar-Recorder's or Clerk's Office website. Once you click on the link for the online marriage license application, follow the prompts.

Step 4

Complete the requested information on the online application. Most marriage license applications will ask for a variety of personal identification information for both the bride and groom, including information of previous marriages, birth date and place of birth, driver's license number, mother's name and birth place, father's name and birth place and, in some cases, Social Security number.

Step 5

Submit your marriage license application and pay for it, if applicable.

Step 6

Appear at the Registrar-Recorder's or Clerk's Office to obtain your marriage license. If you apply for your marriage license online both the bride and groom must be present when the license is picked up. Pay for your license if you haven't done so already.

Tips

  • Get directions and research parking around your county's marriage license office before you go. This will save you time and a headache later.

    Requirements for marriage licenses vary among counties. Check your county's requirements before you apply.

Warnings

  • Not all counties offer online marriage license applications. This option may or may not be available to you.

About the Author

Sienna Condy began writing professionally in 2001 while attending the University of Cincinnati, and she's been at it ever since. Since graduating, she's written everything from marketing materials to articles on removing stains. Today, she enjoys writing about weddings, legal issues, science, health and parenting.