How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in North Dakota?
North Dakota is lushly rich in Native American history and culture with fantastic museums and art that showcase the great plains and badlands areas. North Dakota is a great place to hold your wedding ceremony and celebrate your honeymoon!
Rules and Regulations
If you plan on getting married in the midwestern state of North Dakota, you will need to know the rules and regulations beforehand.
- You must be 18 years old to get married without parental consent.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you will need signed and notarized parental consent.
- You do not need to be a resident of North Dakota to be married there.
- There is no blood test required.
- You will need to bring two witnesses, 18 years or older to sign your marriage license at the time of application.
- Cousin marriage is not allowed in North Dakota.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
You must both apply in person, together at the County Courthouse to obtain a marriage license. Be sure you bring the following paperwork with you when applying:
- An application fee of $65 payable in cash only.
- Both parties social security numbers.
- A valid, current ID such as driver’s license, passport, state ID, green card, military ID or birth certificate.
- If either party has been divorced, you will need to bring your divorce decree with you.
- Two witnesses, 18 years or older must accompany you to apply and sign.
- If you are minor 16-17 years old, you will need to have written parental consent also.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period to get married in North Dakota. You can be married on the same day if you want. The marriage license is good for only 60 days so be sure to plan your wedding date accordingly, or you will have to re-apply if it expires.
Who Can Officiate
Any ordained minister affiliated with any religious denomination or justices of the peace may legally officiate at your wedding in North Dakota.
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.
If you want to request a certified copy of your marriage license after getting married, you can do so at the County Courthouse or by mail through the County’s website.