How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Idaho?
Home of Yellowstone National Park, Idaho is a vast wilderness of recreational areas great for fishing and rafting. If you love being outdoors and nature, Idaho is the place for your perfect wedding.
Rules and Regulations
- Before tying the knot in Idaho, you will need to comply with a few necessary rules and regulations.
- You can be married if you are 16 but will need notarized parental consent or court document from a legal guardian.
- Both parties must be 18 years or older without parental consent.
- Cousin marriage is not legal in Idaho.
- No blood test is required.
- If you are divorced, you will need the date and ruling.
- You do not need to be a resident to be married in Idaho.
- You do not need any witnesses.
- Both parties must read and sign an AIDS information sheet and affidavit.
- Your marriage license is only valid in the state of Idaho.
How to Apply
Both of you will need to appear in person at the County Recorder’s Office to apply for your marriage license. Be sure to bring the following paperwork with you:
- $30 fee in cash (an extra $20 may be necessary if you apply on a Saturday).
- You must have your social security number with you.
- Proof of identity and age via your driver’s license, state-issued ID, passport or certified copy of your birth certificate.
- If you were married before, bring the date of your divorce and your ruling paperwork.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period after you apply, and you can be married the same day with marriage license in hand. The license has no expiration date but if it if not used within a year, contact the Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics.
Who Can Officiate
Anyone licensed by the state of Hawaii may legally join you in marriage. Some types of officiants are an ordained priest or minister, a judge or other government officials such as a mayor or governor.
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. The marriage certificate is recorded in the county where you first applied for it. After the ceremony, you can visit that same office to pick up a certified copy for yourself.