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Marriage Laws Iowa, IA, Marriage License, Laws, Licenses U.S. Iowa Marriage Woodbury County

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a marriage license in Woodbury County - Sioux City, Iowa. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

It is important that you verify all information with the Woodbury County Marriage Recorder Office or County Clerk Office before making any wedding or travel plans.

Woodbury County Marriage License Office

Woodbury County Recorder
620 Douglas Street
Room 106
Sioux City, IA 51101
(712) 279-6528
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Woodbury County Recorder

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Iowa Residency and ID Requirements:

You do not have to be a resident of Iowa. Picture identification is required. You also need to provide Social Security information.

Previous Marriages:

If either of you were previously married, you will need to show the date of divorce or date of spouse's death.

Same Sex Marriage in Iowa:

Yes, same sex marriages are legal in Iowa. The law became effective April 27, 2009.

Iowa Waiting Period:

Iowa has a three (3) business day waiting period.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

$35 -- cash only. The fee and acceptance of checks or credit cards varies from County to County.

Other Tests in Iowa:

No other tests are required in Iowa for a marriage license.

Proxy Marriage in Iowa:

No. However, if one of you can't be present at the Recorder's Office to apply for the license, the absent party can sign the Iowa marriage license application before a Notary Public.

Cousin Marriage in Iowa:


Common-Law Marriage in Iowa:


Under Iowa Code for Revenue and Finance1, common law marriage in Iowa is legal for the purposes of filing income taxes (Administrative Rule, Chapter 39 [701]) and property tax exemptions (Administrative Rule, Chapter 73 [701]).

Iowans may claim Common Law Marriage status if:

For marriage certificate purposes: 1 Adm. Rule 70173.25 (425) Common Law Marriage

Under 18 in Iowa:

Applicants 16 or 17 years of age need to have parental consent.

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

Wedding Officiants in Iowa:

Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace.


You need to have one witness (over 18 years of age) with you when you apply for the license.

Term of Validity For Marriage License:

An Iowa marriage license is valid for 6 months.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Iowa Department of Public Health
321 E. 12th, 4th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-4944

Marriage License Application 
Marriage Information 
Performing Marriages in Iowa 
Consent to Marry a Minor Application 

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk 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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