Marriage Laws United States Legal Age of Consent

In the United States, all but one state requires that a couple be 18 in order to marry without parental permission. Nebraska sets the age of majority at 19. Although a few states will waive this requirement if there is a pregnancy, the couple may still have to have court approval.

Delware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, and Oklahoma: Allow pregnant teens or teens who have already had a child to get married without parental consent. However in Florida, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, the young couple must have authorization from a court. Maryland requires that the minor be at least 16. Even with parental approval, many states will require court approval when a person is 16 years of age or less.

Alabama


Alaska


Arizona


Arkansas


California


Colorado


Connecticut


Delware


District of Columbia

Both applicants must be at least 18 years old to obtain a marriage license.


Florida


Georgia

Applicants must be eighteen 18 years of age or older to apply without parental consent.


Hawaii


Idaho

Applicant under 16 years of age needs a court order
16 through 17: Applicants must present one of the following:


Illinois

Applicants between the ages of 16 and 17 may obtain a marriage license by presenting the following information:


Indiana

A certified copy of your birth certificate is required.


Iowa


Kansas

Any applicant who is under age 18 must have either:


Kentucky


Louisiana


Maine

Applicants must be over 18 years old.


Maryland


Massachusetts

Massachusetts resident may marry if he or she is 18 years of age or older. A birth certificate may be required to show proof of age.


Michigan

Applicants 18 years of age may marry without parental consent.

The requirement for premarital counseling for individuals applying for a Marriage License has been eliminated. Applicants will be provided with written educational material by the County Clerk regarding prenatal care and the transmission and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.


Minnesota

Applicants 18 years of age may obtain a license. It is necessary to provide proof of age.


Mississippi

Parental consent is needed if under 21 years of age.


Missouri

A person under age 18 cannot marry without the consent of the custodial parent or guardian.


Montana


Nebraska

Applicants must be 19 years old to marry without parental consent.


Nevada


New Hampshire

Applicants who has reached the age of 18 can marry without parental consent.


The above regulations on age apply to New Hampshire residents or to a non-resident who desires to marry a resident. If both parties are non-residents and are below the age of 18 they cannot be married in N.H. under any conditions.


Waivers: When "good and special cause" is shown waivers may be obtained which can alter certain requirements.


New Jersey

Applicants must both be at least 18 years old, with one exception.


New Mexico

Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Proof of Age Required: State original or certified copy of birth or baptismal certificate (hospital certificate is not acceptable).

Proof of age Required: State Original or certified copy of birth certificate, baptismal certificate or passport (hospital certificate is not acceptable).

Consent: Must be in person or in the form of a notarized and or witnessed statement in which person giving consent indicates that he/she is parent/guardian.

Proof of Age required. State Original or certified copy of birth certificate, baptismal certificate or military I.D. (Drivers license are only acceptable as proof of age for those 21 or older).

Drivers license or other picture I.D.


New York

If either applicant is under 14 years of age, a marriage license cannot be issued.


North Carolina

Applicants 18 years of age or above may use 1 of the following I.D.'s:


Ohio


Oklahoma


Orgeon


Pennsylvania

Legal age for marriage in the State of Pennsylvania for both bride and groom is 18.


Rhode Island

A Minor's Permit to marry (VS 10) must be completed if a female applicant is 16 or 17 years of age. The permit must be signed and notarized in the presence of the City or Town Clerk or any clerk employed in that office. If this is not possible, contact the State Office of Vital Records for instructions.


South Carolina


South Dakota

If you are 18 or older:

If you are between the ages of 16 and 18:


Tennessee


Texas


Utah


Vermont

If you are at least 16, but under 18, you will need the consent of a parent or guardian.


Virginia

The minimum age for marriage in the State of Virginia is sixteen years for both bride and groom; however, if either party is under eighteen, consent to the marriage must be given by the father, mother, or legal guardian.


Washington


West Virginia

The minimum age for marriage in the State of Virginia is sixteen years for both bride and groom; however, if either party is under eighteen, consent to the marriage must be given by the father, mother, or legal guardian.


Wisconsin


Wyoming

To get a marriage license, you both must be at least 18 years of age.