How to Get Married in Nebraska

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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, Nebraska!

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, Nebraska!

How to Get Married in Nebraska

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: In Nebraska, the marriage license requirements are:

  • Proof of identity/age: valid driver's license, passport or birth certificate. If a birth certificate is used it must be a certified copy. If proof is not furnished, the license cannot be issued.
  • Social Security numbers of both bride and groom are requested on the marriage license application.
  • Applicants must supply the names of their parents (including mother's maiden name), and their parents' birthplaces (city and state or foreign country).
  • If either applicant has been married previously, the date the previous marriage ended will be requested (court date or date of death). A copy of the divorce decree or death certificate is not required.
  • Your marriage license must be obtained in the state in which you will be married. However, a license issued in one county in Nebraska can be used in any county in Nebraska.
  • There is no waiting period.
  • All marriage licenses obtained in Nebraska are public record.
  • A blood test is not required.
  • The couple need not be present to apply for the license. Follow the instructions for obtaining a marriage license when the bride and groom are not able to appear in person to complete the application.
  • Common law marriages cannot be entered into in Nebraska.

Under 18: If either applicant is not of legal age (19),a notarized consent form must be signed by the applicant's father, mother, legal guardian or custodian, giving consent to the marriage of the minor. If the individual giving consent is a legal guardian or custodian, appropriate paperwork must be presented showing this relationship to the minor.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Marriage license fee in Nebraska is $15.00 cash or credit card (portal fee charged for credit card use). Personal checks are not accepted.

Officiants: Any ordained minister, priest, rabbi or other ordained clergy may perform a marriage ceremony. All judges, retired judges and clerk magistrates also may perform marriage ceremonies.

Valid: The marriage license is good for one year from the date of issuance anywhere in Nebraska.

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

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 Nebraska?