How to Apply Online to Get a Marriage License

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.