Marriage License 101


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There are so many things to keep track of during wedding planning.  In the blur of cakes, gowns and caterers, don’t forget about your marriage license.  Without that important piece of paper you may say “I do” at your wedding, but it won’t be a legal marriage.

A marriage license is the legal document issued by your county clerk’s office that will be filed by your minister or officiant after your wedding ceremony to ensure that you are legally married.  After it is filed, a certified marriage certificate will be issued by the clerks office and mailed to you.  That document is your legal proof of marriage.

Every state and even each individual county can have different rules relating to filing for your marriage license.  It is imperative to research the rules of the county you are getting married in.  You should know if both you and your fiance need to file in person, how many days prior to your wedding you should file, how long your marriage license is good for, what the fee is and  if any blood test results or legal documents need to be presented when you file.

Does understanding the whole marriage license filing process seem overwhelming? MarriageLicenseNow was created as a simple online resource to provide brides with the exact information they need to know about acquiring a marriage license in their county!  No more sifting through endless government sites and hoping you get the process right the first time.  Everything you need is in one place and you can even read tips from brides in your county on the best ways to file for a marriage license based on their experiences!