Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Hennepin County marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.
How Much a Marriage License Cost?
The marriage license fee in Minneapolis is $40.00 for parties who have completed at least 12 hours of premarital education (see requirements below). The fee for the license is $115.00 if you have not met the premarital education requirements.
A marriage license purchased in Minnesota only allows you to be married in Minnesota and must be applied for at least five (5) daysbefore your wedding date. Your marriage license is valid for six months.
Hennepin County Service Centers:
Brookdale Service Center
6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430 directions
Government Center Service Center
300 S 6th Street A Level, Suite A025, Minneapolis, MN, 55487 directions
Maple Grove Service Center
9325 Upland Lane North, Maple Grove, MN, 55369 directions
Midtown Exchange Service Center
2929 Chicago Ave S. - Lower Level, Greenway, Minneapolis, MN, 55407 directions
Ridgedale Service Center
12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN, 55343 directions
Southdale Service Center
7009 York Avenue South, Edina, MN, 55435 directions
Marriage License Requirements: The following is required to apply for a marriage license.
Must be purchased before getting married
A license purchased in Minnesota is only valid in Minnesota and can not be used in any other state.
Must be used within six months or it expires.
No blood test or physical is required.
In the State of Minnesota there is a five day waiting period (after you apply for your license) before you can come back to pick up your license.
Applicants must be 18 years of age to obtain a license (without parental consent).
Be prepared to present valid identification.
Each applicant must provide: full legal name, address, date and place of birth, telephone numbers and social security numbers (if they have one). U.S Social Security Administration
Must provide after-marriage names and address.
If previously married and now divorced, you must bring your divorce decree with you.
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.
Same Sex Marriages: Yes.
Common Law Marriage: No. However, the State does recognize common law marriages that are valid in other states.
Solemnization Authority: Marriages may be solemnized by any of the following:
The officials authorized to solemnize marriages include judges, clerks of court, and licensed ministers, priests or rabbis. In some counties there is a court commissioner who is authorized to officiate at marriage ceremonies. There are also special provisions for marriage between members of the Bahai, Hindu, Quaker and American Indian religious groups.
How to apply
You may make an appointment at any Hennepin County Service Center location