How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Nevada?
Nevada with its endless sea of dessert never sleeps. This state offers 24-hour casinos, luxury resorts, and themed hotels, making it a great place for your wedding and honeymoon. The Las Vegas strip is famous for prompt wedding ceremonies, headliner shows, and the famed mob museum. If you like excitement, Nevada is the perfect place for you to get married!
Rules and Regulations
Before tying the knot in Nevada, you must comply with some necessary rules and regulations and bring with you the proper paperwork when applying.
- You must be at least 18 years of age to be married in Nevada.
- You can not be blood-related any closer than second cousins.
- There is no need for a blood test before getting married.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- Second cousin marriage is permitted.
- There are no residency requirements.
How to Apply
You must both appear in person, together in front of a clerk at the county marriage license bureau. You must have with you the following paperwork when you apply:
- A valid, current ID confirming your name and age, such as driver’s license, passport, alien registration card, military ID, or birth certificate.
- You must both bring your social security numbers.
- If previously married, you must provide the date, city, and state of your divorce.
- If you were divorced within the last 30 days, you must bring a copy of your divorce decree with you.
- A signed affidavit verifying your social security number.
- A marriage license fee between $35-$65 (depending on county) payable in cash only.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period for marriage licenses in Nevada. You can be married the same day if you want. The marriage license is good for one year from the date it was issued and may be used anywhere in Nevada.
Who Can Officiate
Any ordained clergyman, ministers, religious officials, notaries public and justices of the peace may perform weddings in Nevada.
After the Wedding
The marriage license must be returned to the office where you purchased it within ten days after your wedding.
If you wish to obtain a copy of your marriage license, you can order one online or visit the office where you purchased it.
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.