Applying for a Marriage License in Arizona

How to Get Married in Arizona

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If you've just set a date for your wedding, this can be an exciting time for the two of you! Don't let the marriage laws of Arizona put a dent in your wedding plans.

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for an Arizona marriage license.

We recommend getting the paper work aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.

Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!

Remember that requirements may vary. Arizona marriage licenses are issued by the Clerk of the Superior Court in each county. A list of county courts with contact information can be found here. In Maricopa County, the Clerk suggests making an appointment to apply for a marriage license.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Arizona.

ID Requirement:

Picture identification such as Drivers License is required in Arizona. Having your Social Security card, Birth Certificate, etc. may be helpful.

Previous Marriages:

Copies of divorce decree are not required in Arizona.

Yes. Premarital counseling from a marriage counselor a member of the clergy is required for this type of marriage.

Waiting Period:

There is no waiting period in Arizona to get married.

Fees:

Cost of the marriage license is $83.

Other Tests:

No Tests.

Proxy Marriages:

No.

Yes, first cousins may marry if both are sixty-five years of age or older. If one or both first cousins are under sixty-five years of age, they can marry if they show proof to a superior court judge that one of them is unable to reproduce.

No.

Same Sex Marriages:

Yes.

Under 18:

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have the notarized consent of your parents or legal guardian. If you are under 16, you must have the notarized consent of your parents or legal guardian as well as a court order.

Officiants:

Licensed or ordained ministers, clergymen, pastors of recognized religious societies, and various judges.

Miscellaneous:

The license expires one year from the date of issuance.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Marriage and divorce records in Arizona are available from the County Court in the county where the event occurred.

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.It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.