How to Get Married in Minnesota

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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, Minnesota!

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, Minnesota!

How to Get Married in Minnesota

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: The following is required to apply for a marriage license in Minnesota:

  • Must be purchased BEFORE getting married
  • A license purchased in Minnesota is only valid in Minnesota and can not be used in any other state. 
  • Bothparties must be present to apply for a marriage license.  If one party cannot be present, they must provide a notarized Supplemental Marriage License Application.
  • No blood test or physical is required.
  • In the State of Minnesota there is a five day waiting period (after you apply for your license) before you can come back to pick up your license. 
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age to obtain a license (without parental consent). Be prepared to present valid identification. 
  • Each applicant must provide: full legal name, address, date and place of birth, telephone numbers and social security numbers (if they have one).
  • Must provide after-marriage names and address.
  • If widowed or divorced, you will be asked to provide the date.
  • You can pick up the license five to seven days after application.
  • Pick up the license at the same location you submitted your application.

Under 18: Brides and grooms who are 16 and 17 years old need parental consent or court approval.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Marriage license fees are $115.00. If you have completed 12 hours of special premarital counseling you may be eligible for the reduced marriage license application fee of $40.0.

PROOF OF COUNSELING MUST BE PRESENTED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION!
If you do not have the required form, you may download below for completion prior to coming in. 
This form must be on church or counselor letterhead and signed by the person doing the counseling.  That signature must be notarized.

Officiants: Any licensed or ordained minister of the gospel in regular communion with a religious society may perform marriages. Ministers must file a copy of their credentials of ordination with the clerk of the district court of any county. Ministers must give a marriage certificate to the bride and groom and also file a certificate with the clerk of the district court in the county which issued the marriage license. For questions see the clerk of the district court.

Valid: Your marriage license must be used within six months or it expires.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in Minnesota.

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.

How many of you are getting married in Minnesota?