How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Indiana?
Home of the Indianapolis 500 racetrack, Indiana is so much more than just farmland in the Great Lakes region. The cities offer a plethora of theaters and galleries to visit on your honeymoon if you decide to get married in Indiana.
Rules and Regulations
Indiana is a beautiful state, perfect for your wedding day, but before that, you need to apply for and obtain a marriage license. You can do so by following these simple few rules:
- You must be 18 years or older to be married in Indiana.
- You may be married if you are 17 with parental consent.
- If you are younger than 17, you must have a court order before applying.
- You may not be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
- Cousin marriage is allowed after the age of 65.
- You may not be any closer in relation than cousins.
- You must be of sound mind to be married in Indiana.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- You do not need witnesses.
- There is no residency requirement.
- A blood test is not required.
How to Apply
You must both apply in person, together at the County Clerk’s office in the town where either of you resides. If neither of you resides in Indiana, then you will need to obtain your marriage license from the county where you will be married. You must bring with you the following paperwork:
- The fee is only $18 if at least one of you lives in Indiana. If neither resides in the state, then the cost is $60. These fees must be paid in cash, and there may be additional costs per county.
- You will need to provide your social security number (card is not necessary).
- A valid government-issued ID such as a current driver’s license, passport or certified copy of your birth certificate.
- If you were married previously, you would need the date of dissolution, and some counties may require divorce decree.
- You will also need to bring genealogical information such as full name, address, and birthplace (state or country).
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period, and you can be married the same day if you want. The marriage license is good for only 60 days. If it expires, you will need to re-apply before getting wed.
Who Can Officiate
There is a long list of types of people that can officiate at your wedding ceremony. Here are a few:
- Member of the clergy (priest, rabbi, pastor, minister, etc.)
- Judge or other judicial officers
- Town or City Clerk
- Town Treasurer
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 will be recorded in the county where you applied. You may visit that county clerk’s office to obtain a copy for your records after getting married.