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 license laws of Connecticut 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 a Connecticut marriage license.
We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date. Requirements may vary as each county in Connecticut could have their own requirements. Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!
To get a marriage license in Connecticut, you must go to your local Municipal Clerk's office. The State of Connecticut's Dept. of Public Health has a "marriage worksheet" online that will be helpful in gathering information to bring with you to the Clerk's office.
ID and Residency Requirements
Connecticut law requires that you present photo identification such as a driver's license or a passport. You also need to know the following:
- Your social security numbers
- Your mother's maiden name
- Your parents' birthplaces
- Date and location of your wedding
- Name and contact info of your wedding officiant
You do not have to be a resident of Connecticut, but you do need to apply in either the town where one of you lives or in the town where you plan on getting married.
If it is difficult for you both to appear at the same time at the Clerk's office to apply for your marriage license, you can appear individually.
You will need to show your divorce decree, or have information regarding date, county, and state of death of your previous spouse. If your name has changed, you need to bring a certified copy of your divorce decree.
Covenant Marriage Option
None. Some towns may require you to pick the license up the next day.
$30 to $35 approximately. Fees may vary from county to county. Most locales won't accept credit cards or out-of-state checks. Cash is best, but don't bring bills larger than $20.
Common Law Marriages
No. Proxy marriages are not allowed in Connecticut.
Yes. As of November 12, 2008, same-sex marriages are legal in Connecticut. Any two persons who meet the other requirements for age etc. may be married. Civil unions were established in 2005 but as of October 1, 2010, those unions were converted into marriages unless they were annulled or the couple was divorced.
If under sixteen years of age, the written consent of the judge of probate for the district where the minor resides must be obtained. Written parental consent is needed if under 18 years of age.
Judges, retired judges, Connecticut state referees, Connecticut justices of the peace, and ordained or licensed clergymen (belonging to any state) may perform weddings in Connecticut. If a friend or relative wants to perform your wedding ceremony, they can if an authorized officiator is also present to confirm your marriage ceremony and to sign your marriage license.
A marriage license in Connecticut is valid for sixty-five (65) days and is only valid in Connecticut.
As of October 1, 2003, the blood test requirement was repealed.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage
You will need to contact the Town Clerk in the city or town where your marriage 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.