Thinking about getting hitched? A lot goes into planning a wedding. Finding a venue, hiring a caterer, creating a guest list, and sending out invitations can all be pretty overwhelming.
The most important part, however, is the marriage license. That’s what makes the union official in the eyes of the law. Below, we’ve included everything you need to know to obtain a marriage license in Maricopa County.
You can obtain a marriage license at the Maricopa County Superior Court or at the county’s Justice Courts. It’ll set you back $72.00. If you obtain your license from the Justice Courts, make sure to bring check, money orders, or cashier’s check because they won’t accept cash or plastic.
Remember: both you and your prospective spouse need to show up to receive a license. You’ll both need to bring a government-issued I.D., like a driver’s license. Fortunately, there’s no waiting period in Arizona. You’ll receive your marriage license on the same day you apply for it. That means you can get married as soon as you fill out your application. Once you receive your marriage license, you’ll have a year to put it to use. After that, the license expires.
If you were previously divorced, don’t worry about bringing your divorce decree. It’s not required. Nor is a blood test required to show that you and your soon-to-be spouse aren’t related.
If you’re under the age of 18, you’ll have to jump through some additional hoops. You can either bring your parents with you or get a parental Clerk’s Office consent form and have it notarized. You can find the “Consent for Marriage of Minor” form here.
If you’re 16 or 17, you’ll need to bring a copy of your birth certificate and a government-issued photo I.D. That can be a driver’s license, state or military I.D., or passport. If you’re 15 or under, you’ll need a court order to be married. To obtain a court order, you’ll have to contact the Conciliation Court at (602) 506-3296.
These tips should have you on your way to obtaining a marriage license in no time. Mazel tov!
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