Marriage Laws Legal Requirements For Marriage

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The legal requirements for a man and a woman to marry vary from state to state. Although there are differences between the requirements in the various states, a marriage between a man and a woman performed in one state must be recognized by every other state under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution.

Some requirements set by state law can include:
  1. A marriage license issued by the county clerk or clerk of the court (along with payment of a fee).

  2. Both man and woman are 18 or older, or have the consent of a parent or a judge if younger.

  3. Proof of immunity or vaccination for certain diseases
  1. Proof of the termination of any prior marriages by death, judgment of dissolution (divorce) or annulment.
  1. Sufficient mental capacity (often this is determined as the ability to enter into a contract).
  1. The couple are not close blood relatives.
  1. Blood test for venereal disease.
  1. Satisfaction of a waiting period from the time the marriage license is issued to the time the marriage ceremony is performed.
  1. Performance of a marriage ceremony with witnesses and a person recognized by the state to have the authority to perform marriage ceremony (such as a priest, rabbi or a judge).
  1. Recording of the marriage license after marriage ceremony is performed.
  1. Consummation of the marriage by the act of sexual relations (only a few states require this).

  1. A marriage performed in another jurisdiction -- even overseas -- is usually valid in any state as long as the marriage was legal in the jurisdiction where it occurred.

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.

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

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington, DC
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


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