What Is Required To Obtain A Marriage License?

The requirements for the issuance of a marriage license are generally set by statute for the jurisdiction in which the marriage will occur. Generally it must state the names of the parties, their addresses, their ages and any other data required by the statute. Additionally a fee for the issuance of the license will be assessed and collected prior to issuance. As a prerequisite to issuance of the license each party will undergo a medical examination as required by that jurisdiction. Under certain limited circumstances the court is allowed to waive that requirement, however good cause must be shown. Sometimes the jurisdiction will call this solemnization without medical certificate by the term confidential marriage as the parties have been living together prior to the formalization by marriage.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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