You (and your RARE planner) have planned the perfect day. Your flowers have been selected, the songs have been chosen, the dress is GORGEOUS, and you are ready for your wedding day. ALMOST. Did you get your marriage license? Right as Rayne Events has a few tips that will help you learn all about the process of obtaining your marriage license and what to do with it when you have it!
While the rules and exact steps may change depending on your state and your county, the general process is the same.
1. Find your local County Clerks Office.
This is where you will apply for your marriage license. Look up what days and times your local office is open and where it is located! Some offices are only open during the week. Plan a time for you and your future spouse to go tougher. You both have to be present for them to give you your license.
2. Bring All The Things.
Make sure that you both bring a photo ID and know your social security numbers and other important information to fill out the appropriate forms. There will also be a fee to obtain your license, so make sure you bring some cash with you! Most offices will only accept cash. This could range from $20-$100.
3. Find an Officiant.
Make sure that you find someone who is certified to marry you. Only they can sign your marriage license. Who can marry you: Licensed or ordained Christian ministers, and priests; Jewish rabbis; persons who are officers of religious organizations and who are duly authorized by the organization to conduct marriage ceremonies; justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of criminal appeals, justices of the court of appeals, judges of the district, county, and probate courts, judges of the county court at law, courts of domestic relations and juvenile courts, retired justices and judges of such courts, justices of the peace, retired justices of the peace, judges of a municipal court, retired judge of a municipal court or judge or magistrate of the federal court of this state; and a retired judge or magistrate of a federal court of this state.
4. Pick Your Witnesses.
(Except for my Fort Bend and Harris County clients.. your license does not require witnesses!) Pick someone, mostly likely your Maid of Honor and your Best Man, to be your witnesses. They were present during your wedding ceremony, and they will attest to that when they sign your marriage license! This is a special moment that you and your friends and family can share.
5. Get Married!
After you are issued you marriage license, you have a certain amount of days to use it! (Unless you are one of our New Mexico clients.. your license never expires!) In most states, you have between 35 and 90 days to get married and turn your marriage license back in. If you do not get married in this time, you have to reapply for your marriage license and start the process over again!
6. Find a Gorgeous Place to Sign It.
There is no rule on when and where exactly you have to sign your marriage license, so find a time and place that works best for you! Work it in to your timeline for your wedding day, so that you don't forget.
7. Send it in.
You, your wedding planner, or your officiant can mail in your marriage license once it has been signed. And just like that! You are married!
8. Ask For Help If You Need It!
If you get confused at any point, you can call your local office, ask your wedding planner, or any of your married friends. They can help you in any way you need!
We hope this has cleared up some of the misconceptions about obtaining your marriage license and what you should do when you get it!