The Wedding License
What do driving, fishing, hunting, boating, selling alcohol, and getting married have in common? Legally, you need a license for every one of them. Admittedly, you're not threatening the public safety by getting married (unless you're planning a particularly festive reception), but that license binds you as a couple in the eyes of the law.
The Marriage License
The criteria required to get a marriage license vary from state to state. Contact your local marriage bureau (usually at the city or county clerk's office) to find out exactly what you'll need to do. If you are marrying in another county or state, check into the laws and regulations in that area. Marriages performed in another jurisdiction are typically considered legal if the requirements for marriage were met where the marriage occurred.
You and your groom must apply together for a marriage license. Beyond that, requirements vary from state to state and county to county, and may change at any time. Be prepared to provide, produce, or prove any or all of the following requirements:
MARRIAGE LICENSE CHECKLIST
Proof of age or consent of parent, guardian, or judge if under eighteen
Proof of citizenship
If required, completed blood tests and doctor's certificates
Proof of death, divorce, or annulment (in the case of a previous marriage)
Pay a fee. A check, cash or money order is typically acceptable payment (credit cards are not always accepted).