How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is at the center of the pioneer history of America. If you choose to get married there, you will most likely bump into some cowboys riding the range. The landscape of hills, lakes, forests and the Great Plains offers plenty of diversity along with exciting city nightlife and fancy dining.
Rules and Regulations
Before you plan your sooner state wedding, you must know what their rules and regulations are for marriage.
- You must be 18 years or older to be married in Oklahoma without parental consent.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you will need written, parental consent or one parent or legal guardian.
- If you are 15 or younger, you will need a court order to be married.
- You do not need to live in Oklahoma to be married there.
- You need two witnesses, 18 years or older to sign your marriage license after your wedding ceremony.
- If you have been divorced for less than six months, you may not marry anyone except your ex-spouse.
- You do not need a blood test.
- Cousin marriage is not permitted.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
You must both apply in person, together at the County Clerk’s office to obtain a marriage license. Be sure to bring with you the following paperwork:
- A license fee of $50 payable in cash only. This cost will be reduced to $5 if you have had licensed, pre-marital counseling.
- A valid, current ID such as driver’s license, passport, military ID, state ID, or certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period for people who are 18 years or older; you may be married the same day if you want. If you are under 18 years of age, you must wait 72 hours before getting married.The license expires in just ten days, so be sure to get married promptly or risk it expiring and then you will have to reapply.
Who Can Officiate
Any minister, priest, rabbi, or other religious dignitaries may officiate your wedding ceremony. They must be registered with the state to perform your wedding.
After the Wedding
You must return your marriage license to the Court Clerk’s office within five days after your marriage ceremony, and no later than 30 days after issuance. Do not wait! If you fail to return it for recording, it will be invalidated.
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.