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Marriage license Laws in the state of Hawaii, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Hawaii marriage laws before filling out the Hawaii marriage license form.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

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ID Requirement: Two valid forms of id such as drivers license, birth certificate, U. S. passport, Armed Forces ID card, or Resident Alien ID card. Applicants will also be asked to fill out a Marriage License Application Form (25kb pdf file).

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Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident or U.S. citizen of Hawaii.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must prepare an official application and file the application in person with the marriage license agent. Applications are provided by the marriage license agent or may be downloaded from the Hawaii Health Department website. The application will not be accepted if sent by either postal mail or e-mail.

• Upon approval, a marriage license is issued at the time the application is made.

• A newly married couple receives one (1) certified copy of the marriage certificate at no extra charge, upon payment of the marriage license fee, which will be sent to the couple by mail (60-120 days) after the marriage has been performed. If a marriage certificate is needed sooner than this, you can apply for one or more additional certified copies.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Fees: $60 - Cash only.

Other Tests: Blood tests are not required.

Under 18: To marry, males and females must be at least 16 years of age. Males and Females under 18 must have written consent from both parents, legal guardians or family court. Males and females at age 15 may marry with the written consent of both parents or legal guardian and the written approval of the judge of the family court.

• Consent forms may be obtained from the marriage license agent.

• The legal age to marry is 18 years for both males and females. Proof of age is required.    
A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 years of age or under.

•  A valid I.D. or driver?s license may be presented for anyone 19 years of age or over.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Cousin Marriages: Cousins may marry. However, the blood relationship between the prospective bride and groom cannot be closer than first cousins.

Same Sex Marriages: Yes.

Officiant: Any minister may perform marriages if they are authorized by their church to do so. If desired, you may request the marriage performer to present his/her license for your inspection. For further information about obtaining a marriage performer please call them at 808. 923. 1811.

Ministers must obtain a license from the department of health before performing marriages. Ministers must keep a record of all marriages they perform. Ministers
must report all marriages they perform to the department of health.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the U.S. of Hawaii.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Issuance/Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or marriage agent before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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Where to Apply for a Marriage License:
• In Honolulu - Room 101 (1st floor) of the Health Dept. building, 1250 Punchbowl St.
   Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Map Directions

• Marriage Agents in the rural and suburban areas of Oahu - 808. 586. 4544

• Marriage Agents on the neighbor islands:

• Hawaii - 808. 974. 6008 • Kauai - 808. 241. 3498
• Lanai - 808. 565. 6411 • Maui - 808. 984. 8210
• Molokai - 808. 553. 3663  

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