How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Maryland?
If you are in the Navy, you have most likely been to Maryland. Annapolis is home to the U.S. Naval Academy, and Baltimore has been a significant seaport for many years. You can enjoy beautiful vistas of the Chesapeake Bay if you get married in Maryland.
Rules and Regulations
If you choose to get married in Maryland, you will need to follow their rules and regulations beforehand.
- You must be 18 years or older to be married in Maryland.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you need parental or guardian’s consent.
- If you are 15, you will need parental consent and also a physician’s statement showing you are pregnant or have had a child.
- No one under 15 may legally marry.
- No blood test is required.
- You do not need any witnesses.
- You do not need to be a resident. However, you must apply in the town/city where you will be married.
- If married previously, you will need to bring a copy of your divorce decree or death certificate (widows).
- Cousin marriage is allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
One or both of you can apply for the marriage license at the Circuit Court Clerk's office in the town/city where you plan to be married. You will need to bring all the required paperwork with you and pay the appropriate fees (vary by county).
- A current, valid ID in the form of driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, military ID, alien registration card, or social security card.
- Full names of both parties.
- Addresses for both parties.
- Age of both parties (validated by ID).
- Birthplace of both parties (state and country).
- Social security numbers for both parties.
- You must designate if you are related by blood and how close that relationship is.
- Marital status of each party.
- If previously married, the date of divorce or death certificate.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a 48-hour waiting period after obtaining your license, to get married in Maryland. The marriage license is good for six months after issuance. Be sure to get married during that period, or you will have to re-apply.
Who Can Officiate
Only official clergy members, a judge or deputy clerk can officiate a marriage ceremony in the state of Maryland.
After the Wedding
You may request a copy of your marriage certificate after it has been filed and recorded in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office where you obtained it. There is a $5.50 fee and an additional fee of $2.00 if you need it mailed to you. If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.