How to Get Married in Montana

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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, Montana!

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, Montana!

How to Get Married in Montana

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: A marriage license is valid in any county within Montana, but not in any other state or country. Both the bride and groom must appear and each must show a valid driver's license issued by any state. A valid passport or birth certificate can be used in place of a driver's license.

A rubella blood test is no longer required for a bride between the ages of 18 and 50. The parties may sign an Informed Consent/Waiver of Requirement of Blood Test form. If the bride is over the age of 50, no waiver is required.

If either party was previously married, the full name of the ex-spouse as well as the exact date of the divorce or death must be written on the application. The dissolution decree or death certificate are not required as proof.

For Out-of-state Applicants who are unable to be present at Clerk of District Court's Office prior to ceremony:
  • Fill out the Montana Marriage Application before a Clerk of District Court or a Notary Public in your state. The Clerk of District Court or Notary Public that you appear before must swear you in to tell the truth.  You must complete boxes 5a through 26d and 32a through 35c.  You must also put your signature in Boxes 36a and 36b.  Either the Clerk of District Court or the Notary Public must complete boxes 37 and 38 and affix their seal thereto.
  • A rubella blood test is no longer required for a bride between the ages of 18 and 50. The parties may sign an Informed Consent/Waiver of Requirement of Blood Test form. If the bride is over the age of 50, no waiver is required.
  • After completing the marriage application, send the following:
  1. Completed Montana Marriage Application, signed by both bride and groom and either the Clerk of District Court or a Notary Public with their seal.
  2. Informed Consent/Waiver of Requirement of Blood Test form signed by both the bride and groom.
  3. $53 for the license fee.  (Money Order only – no personal checks)
  4. Statement of how to proceed when license is complete.  At your request, we can: mail the license to you if you provide a self-adddressed, stamped envelope or give it to someone you designate to pick it up for you.

Once the documents have been received, you will then be issued a Montana Marriage License for you to get married within the State of Montana. You must come to Montana and be married within 180 days. After that time, the application expires and you would have to reapply.

Under 18: A person must be at least 16 to marry in Montana. Follow above requirements with the following additions:

  • Obtain parental permission (they will sign the application form from Clerk's office, not the online form.
  • Show proof of couple attending two counseling sessions prior to filling out application.
  • Obtain Judicial approval Contact Clerk's office to get proper paperwork and more specific instructions.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Marriage license fees in Missouri is $53.00 in cash.

Officiants:  Clergy (out-of-state clergy need not be registered in Montana), Judge (or retired judge) of a court of record, Public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, Mayor, City Judge, Justice of the Peace, or Tribal Judge.

Valid: Missouri marriage licenses can be used immediately or within 180 days from the date of application.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is legal in Montana.

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 Montana?