How to Get Married in Maryland

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So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Maryland!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Maryland!

How to Get Married in Maryland

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: Maryland requires that a marriage license be obtained from the Circuit Court in the county where the marriage is to take place regardless of the residency of the couple to be married. If you are planning to be married in Montgomery County, Maryland, you must obtain a marriage license from the Clerk of Montgomery County Circuit Court.

The marriage license must be purchased at least 48 hours before the marriage ceremony (A marriage license becomes effective at 6 a.m. on the second calendar day after the license is issued.). Couples can obtain a waiver if a judge approves it. Normally, military service or a family illness can be the grounds (reasons) for a waiver.

At the time of application, please provide I.D. for both parties, such as a driver's license, birth certificate, passport, military I.D. or alien registration card, and Social Security Number. If you have more than one last name, you should use your complete name on the license. A divorced person must provide a copy of the divorce decree that indicates where and when the divorce took place.

If the marrying parties are both residents of Montgomery County, one of the parties to be married appears before the Clerk and gives, under oath, the following information for both parties:

  1. Full names
  2. Place of residence
  3. State or county of birth
  4. Age
  5. If either party was married previously and separation occurred as a result of the spouse’s death or divorce, the date and place of each is required.
  6. Social Security Number of each party who has one

If the parties to be married do not live in Montgomery County and are unable to appear in person to apply, they may apply for a marriage license using a Non-Resident Marriage Application. Contact the License Department for additional information (Phone: 240-777-9460).

Under 18: The legal age to get married in Maryland is 18. Applicants who are 16 or 17 may apply for a marriage license with consent from a parent or guardian or a certificate from a physician verifying that the woman to be married is pregnant or has given birth to a child. A 15-year-old may marry with parental or guardian consent and a certificate from a physician stating that the woman to be married is pregnant or has given birth.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Marriage license fees in Maine vary from county to county but usually fall within the $37 to $75 range. Payment by cash or check is preferred; checks are made payable to the "Clerk of the Circuit Court". Credit cards (with the exception of American Express) are accepted.

Officiants: A religious official, judge, clerk of the circuit court or an appointed, designated deputy clerk of the circuit court can officiate weddings in Maryland.

Valid: Your marriage license is valid for six months or it will expire.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in Maryland.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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