How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Montana?
When you think of Montana, you think of great plains, cowboys and breathtaking mountain vistas. Montana is incredibly beautiful with its lakes, snow-capped mountains and Glacier National park. What a hearty American location to enjoy an unforgettable wedding!
Rules and Regulations
Before you do mosey up to the wedding altar in Montana, you will need to become familiar with their rules and regulations for marriage.
- You must be 16 years or older to apply to be married. If you are 16, you will need parental consent.
- If you are 16 years old, you will also need to attend two days marriage counseling before applying for your license.
- You need to make an appointment to apply for a license. Do not be late or your spot may be forfeited.
- If you are female, under the age of 50, you need to have a Rubella blood test and bring a physician’s statement claiming you are free of the disease.
- Montana residents may obtain a marriage license and get married in any county.
- Non-residents must obtain their marriage license in the county they wish to be married.
- You would need to provide proof of divorce if you were married previously.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- Cousin marriage is not allowed.
How to Apply
Both of you will need to appear together, in person when you apply for the marriage license. You will need an appointment at the local, county clerk’s office. Be sure to bring with you all the necessary paperwork.
- Proof of age and ID with a valid, current driver’s license, passport, military ID or birth certificate.
- Social security number for both parties.
- Both parties birthplace.
- Parent’s full names including mother’s maiden names.
- Parent’s birth state.
- A fee of $53 payable by cash, money order, cashier’s check or credit card.
- For any previous marriages, bring your divorce decree with you.
Waiting Period and Expiration
Your marriage license has no waiting period and is effective immediately upon applying for and obtaining it. Your marriage license is good for 180 days from the date of issuance. This should give you plenty of time to plan and execute the wedding of your dreams.
Who Can Officiate
Those who can officiate at your wedding are judges, a mayor, certified public official, justice of the peace or tribal judge.
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.
You may obtain a certified copy of your marriage license after it has been filed and recorded. You will pay a $5 processing fee for a copy.