How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Washington?
The Pacific Northwest state of Washington is famous for the Space Needle, the island of Puget Sound and Pike Place Market. Seattle one of the largest cities is brimming with robust coffee-houses, vibrant music, and cultural arts. Washington offers couples a lot of fun and excitement and a great place to get married and enjoy your honeymoon.
Rules and Regulations
Before you stroll through all of Washington’s amazing museums on your honeymoon, you must first learn the rules and regulations of getting married in Washington.
- You will need two witnesses, 12 years of age or older present at your wedding.
- You must be 18 years or older to get married in Washington.
- If you are 16 years old, you will need notarized parental consent, plus court approval to get married.
- If you are 17 years old, you need only notarized parental consent to be married.
- There is no blood test required.
- You do not need to live in Washington to get married there.
- Cousin marriage is not allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- You do not need to provide any documentation of dissolution for any previous marriages.
How to Apply
You must both appear in person, together at the County Auditor’s office to apply for a marriage license. Make sure you have the following paperwork handy to complete the processing:
- A marriage license fee which varies by county.
- A government-issued, photo ID showing birth dates such as driver’s license, passport, military ID, state ID or green card.
- If you have been married before, you do not need to bring any copies of your divorce decree or death certificate.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a 3-day waiting period before you can get married after you obtain your marriage license. This waiting period cannot be waived for any reason. The license expires after 60 days (after the 3-day waiting period) so be sure to get married within that time frame.
Who Can Officiate
Ministers, priests or judges are the only people who can perform your marriage ceremony in Washington.
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 request a certified copy of your marriage certificate after it is filed and recorded by visiting the County Auditor’s office or you can request a copy by mail. There is a small $3 processing fee for copies.