Getting Your Marriage License: Required Documentation

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2005

States will ask for documentation in four areas. But because requirements differ by locale, only the county clerk's office can tell you the specific paperwork you will have to provide, when it's needed, and other pertinent details.

Blood Test
Some states require a standard wedding blood test, which must be performed by a doctor within a specified time before the date of the marriage.

License Fee
Some counties accept cash or money order only; others take credit cards. Call ahead to check.

Proof of Identity and Age
You'll need government-issued photo identification (such as a driver's license or passport), Social Security card, or a combination of documents.

Marital Status
If either of you was married before, you will have to present a divorce decree or death certificate.

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