How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Arkansas?
Getting married in the Natural State also known as Arkansas? Here is all you need to know to make your special day carefree and memorable.
Rules and Regulations
There is nothing complicated about getting hitched in Arkansas. Just follow these few, simple rules, and you will be all set.
- You must be 18 years old.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you will require parental consent.
- There is no blood test or physical required.
- No witnesses are required.
- Same-sex marriage is legal in Arkansas.
- You do not need to be a resident of Arkansas.
- Covenant marriage is legal in Arkansas.
- You may not marry your cousin.
How to Apply
Both you and your spouse-to-be must appear together in person to apply for a marriage license. You will need to supply the following information at the time of application:
- There is a $58 fee (payable in cash only).
- Government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, military ID, passport, CDIB ID).
- If you are under 21, you will need a state-certified copy of your birth certificate also.
- If you re 21 or older, your driver’s license will suffice.
- If you were married before, you need to bring a copy of your divorce decree signed and dated.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period for the marriage license, and you can obtain it same-day. The license is only good for 60 days so be sure to tie the knot within that period.
Who Can Officiate
You are allowed be married by the following authorized personnel in Arkansas:
- Justice of the Peace
- Ministers ordained in Arkansas
After the Wedding
You (not your officiating agent) must return the signed marriage license to the office from which you obtained it, within 60 days of your wedding, for it to be legal. You may then request a certified copy for a small fee.