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Marriage Licenses


Marriage License/ Application

Fee

The fee for a marriage license is $76.00 payable by cash or money order, bank guarantee card or credit card. If you are purchasing a license at the Justice Courts, only money orders are accepted.

Instructions

Both parties must be present to obtain a marriage license. Each individual is required to provide a valid government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver's license, passport, etc. to show proof of age and confirm identity. NOTE: a Matricula Consular I.D. card is not an acceptable form of identification for any type of marriage license to be issued.

A copy of a divorce decree is not required; blood tests are not required.

A marriage license must be issued prior to the ceremony taking place, signed at completion of the ceremony, and returned by the officiator not more than 30 days after the ceremony has taken place in order for the license to be recorded.

You will receive your marriage license on the same day you apply for the license, and can be married on the same day, if you have made arrangements with an officiator of your choice to perform the ceremony. However, you have up to one (1) year from the date the marriage license was issued to get married, as the license expires one (1) year from the date of purchase.

After the bottom portion of the license has been returned and recorded, a certified copy can be requested and mailed to you for an additional $27.50 payable at the time you apply for the license or any time afterwards.

For further information, you may call (602) 37-CLERK (25375).

Marriage License / Age Requirements

If you are under the age of 18, you must either have a notarized parental Clerk's Office consent form or have your parent(s) accompany you, present the proper identification, and sign the parental consent form in front of the clerk issuing your license.

To print the "consent for marriage of minor," click here

If you are age 16 - 17, a certified copy of your birth certificate and one of the following government issued picture I.D.'s is required: a) current driver's license; b) state or military I.D. card; c) current passport; d) or other government issued picture I.D.

If you are age 15 or under, you must also have a court order. To obtain a court order you must contact Conciliation Court at (602) 506-3296.

Covenant Marriage License / Requirements

Requirements for couples who are getting married

According to legislation (A.R.S. 25-901-906) which became effective Aug. 21, 1998, couples who are planning to apply for a Covenant Marriage License must provide a notarized statement from the clergy or marriage counselor who provided their premarital counseling.
The notarized attestation/statement should confirm that:
  • the parties were advised about the nature and purpose of a covenant marriage;
  • the parties were advised regarding the limited reasons for ending marriage by legal separation or divorce; and
  • the parties were given a copy of the pamphlet, Covenant Marriages in Arizona, published by Arizona Office of the Courts (AOC).

At the Marriage License Office, the engaged couple will be asked to sign a marriage license affidavit and the "Declaration of Intent to Enter Into a Covenant Marriage" which states they met statutory requirements.

Requirements for couples who want to convert their marriage to a covenant marriage

Couples who are already married may convert their existing marriage to a covenant marriage. It does not matter where their license was issued. Solemnization (a wedding ceremony) is not required to accomplish the conversion to a covenant marriage.

The married couple will be required to sign a marriage license affidavit and a "Declaration of Intent to Enter Into a Covenant Marriage" form at the Marriage License Office. The fee to convert a traditional license to a covenant marriage is $27.00.

The cost

The cost for the Covenant License is $76.00, which is the same as the Traditional Marriage License.

To get a copy of the Covenant Marriage in Arizona booklet

The Arizona State Supreme Court has an electronic version of the booklet on their website. To view the booklet, click here and select "Covenant Marriages."

You may also contact a member of the clergy or a marriage counselor.

   
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