How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Connecticut?
Connecticut is a delightful mix of coastal waters and rural farms. If you love ancient ships and whale watching, or just want to visit the historic Yale University campus, Connecticut is the place for your wedding.
Rules and Regulations
It’s pretty easy to obtain a marriage license in Connecticut if you follow a few simple rules.
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- If you are under 18 years old, you will need one parent’s written consent or that of a legal guardian.
- If you are 16 or younger, you will need a signed court order.
- Both parties must be present.
- No blood test or physical exam is required.
- Although you don’t need to reside in Connecticut to get married there, you will need to apply in the city or town where either party lives or where you will be wed.
- Cousin marriage is allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
Both of you will need to apply in person at the municipal clerk’s office of the town where you plan on getting married. When you apply, you will be required to pay a $30 fee and provide proof of identity and age (birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, military ID, green card or state ID). You will also need to bring with you:
- Social security cards.
- Name and addresses of both parties.
- Officiate information (name, address and phone number).
- Date of marriage
- If you have been married before, you will need to bring your divorce decree as well.
Waiting Period and Expiration
Although there is no waiting period in Connecticut, couples are advised to obtain their marriage license a few weeks in advance. The license will be valid for 65 days from the date of issue.
Who Can Officiate
Any ordained minister or justice of the peace may perform your wedding when you get married in Connecticut. Your officiating agent must sign the marriage license (in black ink) and then return it to the municipal office where you obtained it.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal. You can request a copy of your marriage certificate by mail or in person at the town clerks office.