How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Iowa?
Iowa sits in the heart of the Midwest between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Revisit the romance of “The Bridges of Madison County” by having your wedding in Iowa, where the mov-ie was filmed.
Rules and Regulations
Before you waltz on the dance floor at your reception, you must apply for a marriage license in Iowa by following these few simple rules:
- You must have a witness present when applying.
- You must be 18 years or older to obtain a marriage license.
- If you are 16-17, you need to get a court order and have parental consent in order to ap-ply for a marriage license.
- You do not need a blood test.
- You do not need to reside in Iowa.
- You do need one witness 18 years or older.
- Cousin marriage is not allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
Both of you need to apply together in person at the County Recorder’s Office, and you must bring all the required paperwork. Your witness must be present with you at the time of application.
- You and your spouse-to-be, plus the witness have to produce a current, valid government-issued ID such as driver’s license or certified copy of your birth certificate.
- You will all need to have your social security numbers as well.
- There is a $35 fee which includes your copy of the marriage certificate.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a 3-day waiting period before you can get married, after obtaining your marriage license. The license does not ever expire unless you never pick it up from the Recorder’s Office, then it becomes null and void after six months of being abandoned.
Who Can Officiate
Only ordained ministers or members of the clergy along with justices of the peace may perform wedding ceremonies in Iowa.
After the Wedding
After your wedding and the marriage certificate has been filed and recorded by the County Recorder's office, you will receive a copy in the mail. If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.