How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Delaware?
Do you have a hankering for colonial New England and visiting historical landmarks on your honeymoon? Perhaps it is time to consider getting married in Delaware. Delaware offers dozens of beautiful beaches, museums and historical libraries.
Rules and Regulations
There are a few rules and regulations you must comply with to be married in the state of Delaware.
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- Both parties must be present with an ID to apply
- No blood test or physical exam is required.
- The application fees differ if you are a resident of the state or not.
- You need witnesses present at your wedding.
- You must not be related to one another.
- You must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when applying.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
Both parties of the engaged couple must apply together in person at the Office of the Clerk of Peace. You will need to bring the following paperwork:
- Valid ID (driver’s license, passport, government ID, military ID, state ID, visa)
- It varies by county, but you may also need your birth certificate and social security card.
- Proof of address
- Parent’s names and address.
- Special paperwork if you are on parole or probation.
- Fees vary, but you will pay between $70-$150 based on residency.
- If you have been married before, bring your divorce decree.
- If you are a female and have a previous marriage, bring your name change documentation as well.
- If either party requires an interpreter, bring one with you at the time of application.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a 24-hour waiting period before you can obtain your marriage license or certificate. Marriage licenses are valid for only 30 days, so plan to be married quickly after getting one.
Who Can Officiate
Only two type of people can officiate at weddings in Delaware, ordained ministers, and clerks of peace.
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.
To get a copy of your marriage certificate after the wedding, you may contact the office of the clerks of peace. There is a $25 fee, and you can order online, in person or by mail.