How to Get Married at the Justice of the Peace in Maryland

by Christell York

Maryland requires that individuals be at least 17 years of age before applying for a marriage license. Individuals aged 16 to 17 must have the consent of their parent or guardian or a certificate from a doctor that states a female is pregnant or has given birth to a child. As of January, 2011, Maryland courts no longer employ justices of the peace to perform ceremonies. Ceremonies performed at the court are performed by a judge or clerk of the court.

Visit or contact the Circuit Court Clerk's office in your county. You may also visit the clerk's web page to find out the hours that civil ceremonies are held.

Visit the clerk's office on the day you would like to be married. You must wait at least 48 hours after obtaining your marriage license to be married.

Notify the office staff that you would like to be married. The agent will verify your license and your identity information and notify the appropriate individual to perform your ceremony.

Items you will need

  • Marriage license

About the Author

Christell York has been writing professionally since 2008 for various websites and offline for "The Houston Press." She specializes in technical, automotive, travel, personal finance and food articles. York has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and is currently seeking an associate degree in baking and pastries at the Art Institute of Houston.

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