Delaware Marriage License Information

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Are you planning to get married in Delaware? Here's everything you need to know before filling out your marriage license application. In Delaware marriage licenses are issued by the Clerk of the Peace in each of the state's three counties.: New Castle, Kent County and Sussex County.

ID Requirement

You will need to present photo identification such as your driver's license, state ID, or passport.

Residency Requirement

You do not have to be a resident of Delaware.

Previous Marriages

You will need to show the original or a certified copy of your divorce decree or the death certificate of a deceased spouse.

Covenant Marriage

Delaware has no covenant marriage laws.

Waiting Period

There is a 24-hour waiting period for both residents and non-residents.


Approximately $50 - 100. Cash only in most counties. In Wilmington (New Castle County) and Dover (Kent County) the cost of a marriage license is $70 for Delaware residents and $120 for non-residents. Check with your local County Clerk of he Peace for more information.

Other Tests

None required.

Proxy Marriage

Delaware does not permit marriage by proxy.

Cousin Marriage

None permitted.

Common-Law Marriage

Delaware does not recognize common-law marriage.

Same-Sex Marriage


Under 18

You will need parental consent granted through the Family Court.


Any ordained minister, and clerks of the peace. If you have your marriage ceremony at the office of the Clerk of the Peace, there is a $20+ fee for the civil marriage ceremony.


Licenses are valid for thirty (30) days. If either one of you is on probation or parole, you will need special authorization.

County Marriage Bureau Websites:

Kent County:

Sussex County:

New Castle County:

Copy of Certificate of Marriage

Office of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 637
Dover, DE 19903