How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Arizona?
Imagine standing at the Grand Canyon while reciting your wedding vows! You can only do that in the state of Arizona where you will find plenty of desert, cactus, and copper.
Rules and Regulations
There are only a few simple rules to comply with if you plan on getting married in the grand canyon state.
- You must be 18 years of age.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you must present your birth certificate as well as a photo ID (driver’s license, military ID, or passport) and you will require notarized consent from a parent.
- If you are 15 or under, you must get a court order before marrying.
- Copies of any divorce decrees are not required.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- You and your spouse-to-be will be sworn in, and you must sign affidavits that your personal information is valid and accurate.
- You do not need to be a resident of Arizona.
How to Apply
Before taking that trip down the aisle, you will need to obtain a marriage license. Both parties must be present at the time of application. You can apply at any justice court office as long as you bring a few things.
- There is a $78 application fee, payable via money order.
- You must have a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, military ID or passport) as well as your social security number or card.
- No blood test is necessary.
There is no waiting period in Arizona and you will receive your marriage license and can marry that day if you wish. You just need to make sure you have an officiating agent ready to perform the ceremony.
Your marriage license is good for up to twelve months. You may be married anytime with-in that period.
After the Wedding
Your marriage license must be signed at your ceremony and returned to the office by your officiator no later than 30-days after the wedding.
Covenant Marriages & Cousins
Covenant marriages are legal in Arizona, and you can marry your first cousin if you are both over the age of 65. If you are younger than 65, you must prove that you are no longer able to reproduce.
Who Can Officiate
A clergy member, judge or city or town clerk are all legally authorized to perform wedding ceremonies in Arizona.
Changing Your Name
If you wish you change your name, you will need to obtain a marriage name change kit.
Obtaining a Copy
After you are married and the license has become public record, you can request a copy by filling out the top/retained portion and paying a fee of $35.50. You will receive a certified copy at the address you supplied at the time of application.