How to Get Married in Indiana

Indiana Marriage License Information

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Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for an Indiana 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 Indiana could have their own requirements.

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

ID Requirement in Indiana:

Drivers license or identification card or other id showing current address and date of birth.

Bringing a certified copy of your birth certificate is recommended because some counties require it if you are younger than 30.

Indiana Residency Requirement:

Indiana residents must apply in the county in which one of them lives.

Previous Marriages:

You will need to know how the marriages ended (death, divorce, annulment) and the month and year the marriages ended. A few counties require a copy of the divorce decree if divorced within the last two years.

Covenant Marriage Option In Indiana:


Waiting Period in Indiana:


Fees in Indiana:

Indiana residents: $18; residents of other states/countries: $60. Personal checks not accepted.

Other Tests:

No other tests are required in Indiana to get married.

Proxy Marriages in Indiana:


Cousin Marriages in Indiana:

Marriage between first cousins is permitted if both individuals are at least sixty-five (65) years of age.

Common Law Marriages:

No. Indiana does recognize common law marriages legalized by another state.

Same Sex Marriages:

Yes. When the Supreme Court denied reviewing Indiana's same-sex marriage case in October 2014, gay marriages were allowed to begin there immediately.

Under 18:

A certified copy of your birth certificate is required. If you are 17 years old you must apply for the license with both parents (or the person with legal custody).

They will need to sign the consent portion of the application. If you are 16 or 15 years old, you must petition the Circuit Court via a "Permission to Marry" form. The cost for filing this petition is $124.00 even if the Judge refuses to allow the couple to marry.


Marriages may be performed by a member of the clergy (including a minister, priest, bishop, rabbi, and imam), a judge, a magistrate, mayor, a clerk of the circuit court, or a clerk or clerk-treasurer of a city or town.


License is valid for sixty (60) days. What this means is you two have 60 days to get married and have your marriage license officially recorded. If you wait past that time frame, you can't get married without applying for and paying for another marriage license.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Vital Records Section
State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 233-2700 

Still Confused About Getting Married in Indiana?

If you are still confused about the different terms used in the marriage license application process, check out these articles:

Marriage License 101 -- The Basics

Marriage Applications 

Marriage Licenses

Marriage Certificates 


Please note that I make every effort to offer you common-sense marriage advice and helpful information about marriage on this website, but I am not an attorney and the articles on the site are not to be construed as legal advice.

The information in this article was accurate when it was published. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

This Marriage site has a world-wide audience and marriage laws and regulations vary from state to state and country to country. When in doubt, seek legal counsel.

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