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Marriage License

Application for a Marriage License

Marriage licenses are issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. There are 24 jurisdictions in Maryland. You must contact the County/City Court in which you have your wedding ceremony when requesting a license. The following information only applies to Montgomery County, Maryland Circuit Court:

Marriage License Applications for Non-residents of Montgomery County, Maryland

If the applicants to be married do not live in Montgomery County and are unable to appear in person to apply, they may apply for a marriage license using a Non-Resident Marriage Application (MS word).

This form must be sworn to under oath and signed before a Clerk of the Court or comparable official where the applicants reside.

Mail this form along with a $55 money order payable to “Clerk of the Court,” to the License Department.

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Marriage of Individuals Under the Age of 18

Individuals 16 or 17 years old may not marry unless:

Individuals 15 years old may not marry unless:

An individual under the age of 15 may not marry.

Marriage Ceremonies

Marriage ceremonies are performed by appointment only. If you wish to hold your ceremony at the courthouse, please contact the License Department at 240-777-9460 or in person. You must obtain your marriage license before you may schedule a ceremony. The fee for the ceremony is $25 cash or by Visa/Mastercard (American Express and personal checks are not accepted).

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Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses

You will need certified copies of your marriage license to use as a legal document of proof of your marriage for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Social Security Administration, etc. You can make a request at any time for a Certified Copy of your Marriage License by completing the attached form and sending it to the License Department. If you are getting married at the court, you can purchase a certified copy of your marriage when you pay for the civil ceremony. The cost of a Certified Copy is $5.50; a Non-Certified copy costs $.50. If requesting by mail, an additional $2 mail handling fee must be included.

For certified copies of Marriage Licenses before 1990 please contact Maryland State Archives at 410-260-6400 or at msa.maryland.gov.

For copies of marriage licenses for marriages on or after January 1, 1990, contact Vital Records at 800-832-3277 or online at the Maryland Vital Statistics Administration.

Certified copies of Marriage Licenses from 1993 forward are also available at the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Marriage in Maryland Program

The Marriage in Maryland program (MiM) is a public website where you can retrieve unofficial (non-certified) copies of older marriage records. Clicking on this link (https://jportal.mdcourts.gov/mimpubrtrvl/) will take you outside the Circuit Court pages. This page contains Maryland Marriage records from 1996-present. Please keep in mind it will only return results for individuals who have been issued a Marriage License with a minimum effective date of today.

Correction to a Marriage Record

Correction to marriage records must be requested in writing (along with supporting documentation — for example, a birth certificate to prove your name is spelled differently than what is shown on your marriage record). Simply complete the Correction Request form () and mail it to the License Department along with the supporting documentation. You must be a party to the record to request a correction. The cost for amending a recorded Marriage License is $165.

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Foreign License Recordation

If a couple has been married in another state or country and one of the parties is a citizen of Maryland, the couple may record the marriage ("foreign marriage") at the License Department. The parties must provide a certificate of marriage signed by the individual who performed the marriage or an official certified copy of the marriage record. There is no fee to record a foreign marriage.

Fees

Fees may be paid by form of Cash, Money Order or Visa/MasterCard (Credit Cards can only be used when visiting the court in person). American Express and personal checks will not be accepted:

If ordering by mail, please include a $2 mailing and handling fee.

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Montgomery County Circuit Court
50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM