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Minnesota Marriage License Requirements

Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.

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.

IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Minnesota.

Waiting Period: 3 days.

If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.

Fees: Cash Only! $25

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.

Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.

Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in Minnesota.
The license can only be used within the State of Minnesota.


IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This 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 plans.

Aitkin Court Administration 209 2nd St NW Aitkin, MN 56431 218-927-7350
Anoka CountyVital Statistics 2100 Third Ave Anoka, MN 55303 612-422-7399
Becker CountyVital Statistics 917 Lake Ave Detroit Lakes, MN 56502 218-846-7304
Beltrami County Recorder 619 Beltrami Ave Nw Bemidji, MN 56601 218-759-4170
Benton CountyBenton County Recorder 531 Dewey St Foley, MN 56329 320-968-6254
Big Stone County Recorder 20 2nd St SE Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2308
Blue Earth CountyLicense Department P.O. Box 8608 Mankato, MN 56001 507-389-8222
Brown County Recorder 14 S State St New Ulm, MN 56073 507-233-6653
Carlton County CourthouseCounty Recorders Office 301 Walnut Ave Carlton, MN 55718 218-384-4281
Carver County Recorder 600 E 4th St Chaska, MN 55318 612-361-1930
Cass County Recorder P.O. Box 3000 Walker, MN 56484 218-547-3300
Chippewa County Recorder Highway 7 And 11th St Montevideo, MN 56265 320-269-9431
Chisago County Recorder 313 N Main St Senter City, MN 55012 651-257-0438
Clay County Recorder 807 N 11th St Moorhead, MN 56560 218-299-5031
Clearwater County Recorder P.O. Box 307 Bagley, MN 56621 218-694-6129
Cook County Recorder 411 W 2nd St Grand Marais, MN 55604 218-387-3000
Cottonwood County Recorder P.O. Box 326 Windom, MN 56101 507-831-1458
Crow Wing County Recorder 326 Laurel St Brainerd, MN 56401 218-824-1045
Dakota County RecorderGovernment Center 1590 West Hwy 55 Hastings, MN 55033 651-438-4355
Dodge County Recorder P.O. Box 128 Mantorville, MN 55955 507-635-6250
Douglas County Recorder 305 8th Ave West Alexandria, MN 56308 320-762-3877
Faribault County Recorder P.O. Box 130 Blue Earth, MN 56013 507-526-6252
Fillmore County Recorder 1 Courthouse Sq Preston, MN 55965 507-765-4701
Freeborn County Recorder 411 S. Broadway Albert Lea, MN 56007 507-377-5130
Goodhue CountyRecorder-Vital Statistics P.O. Box 408 Redwing, MN 55066 651-385-3149
Grant County Recorder 10 2nd St NE, Courthouse Elbow Lake, MN 56531 218-685-4133
Hennepin County Recorder 300 South Sixth St Minneapolis, MN 55487 612-348-3051
Houston County Recorder 304 S. Marshall St Caledonia, MN 55921 507-724-5813
Hubbard County Recorder Highway 6 & C R 58 Park Rapids, MN 56470 218-732-3552
Isanti County Recorder 237 S W 2nd Cambridge, MN 55008 612-689-1191
Itasca County Recorder 123 N.E. 4th St Grand Rapids, MN 55744 218-327-2856
Jackson County Recorder 405 4th St Jackson, MN 56143 507-847-2580
Kanabec County Recorder 18 North Vine St Mora, MN 55051 320-679-6466
Kandiyohi County Recorder P.O. Box 736 Willmar, MN 56201 320-231-6223
Kittson County Recorder P.O. Box 639 Hallock, MN 56728 218-843-2842
Koochiching County Recorder 715 4th St Falls, MN 56649 218-283-6290
Lac Qui ParleCounty Recorder 600 6th St Madison, MN 56256 320-598-3724
Lake County Recorder 601 3rd Ave Two Harbors, MN 55616 218-834-8347
Lake of The WoodsCounty Recorder P.O. Box 808 Baudette, MN 56623 218-634-1902
Le Sueur County Recorder 88 South Park Ave Le Center, MN 56057 507-357-2251
Lincoln County Recorder 319 N Rebecca St Ivanhoe, MN 56142 507-694-1360
Lyon County Recorder 607 West Main Marshall, MN 56258 507-537-6722
Mahnomen CountyCourt Administration County Courthouse Mahnomen, MN 56557 218-935-2251
Marshall County Recorder 208 E Colvin St Warren, MN 56762 218-745-4921
Martin County Recorder P.O. Box 785 Fairmont, MN 56031 507-238-3213
McLeod County Recorder 830 11th St East Glencoe, MN 55336 320-864-1327
Meeker County Recorder 325 North Sibley Litchfield, MN 55355 320-693-5440
Mille Lacs County Recorder 635 2nd St S.E. Milaca, MN 56353 320-983-8308
Morrison County Recorder 213 1st Ave, SE # 24 Little Falls, MN 56345 320-632-0146
Mower County Recorder 201 First St N.E. Austinn, MN 55912 507-437-9446
Murray County License 2848 Broadway Ave Slayton, MN 56172 507-836-6148
Nicollet County Courthouse 501 South Minnesota Ave St Peter, MN 56082 507-931-6800
Nobles County Recorder 315 10th St Worthington, MN 56187 507-372-8236
Norman County Recorder 16 3rd Ave E Ada, MN 56510 218-784-4422
Olmsted County Recorder 151 4 St S.E. Rochester, MN 55904 507-285-8191
Otter Tail CountyCounty Recorder 1 Junius Ave Fergus Falls, MN 56538 218-739-2271
Pennington County Recorder 101 Main Ave N Thief River Fall, MN 56701 218-683-7027
Pine County Recorder 1 Main St, Courthouse Pine City, MN 55063 612-629-6781
Pipestone County Recorder 416 S Hiawatha Ave Pipestone, MN 56164 507-825-6755
Polk County Recorder P.O. Box 397 Crookston, MN 56716 218-281-3464
Pope County Recorder P.O. Box 6 Glenwood, MN 56334 320-634-5723
Ramsey County RecorderCenter West #812 50 W Kellogg Blvd. St Paul, MN 55102 651-266-2050
Red Lake County Recorder P.O. Box 3 Red Lake Falls, MN 56750 218-253-2997
Redwood County Recorder Courthouse Square Redwood Falls, MN 56283 507-637-8330
Renville County Recorder 500 East De Pue Olivia, MN 56277 320-523-3669
Rice County Recorder 218 N W 3rd St Faribault, MN 55021 507-332-6114
Rock County Recorder 204 E Brown St Luverne, MN 56156 507-283-5014
Roseaw County Recorder 216 Center St West Roseau, MN 56751 218-463-2061
Scott County Recorder Courthouse #113 Shakopee, MN 55379 952-496-8143
Sherburn County Recorder 327 King Ave Elk River, MN 55330 612-241-2915
Sibley County Recorder P.O. Box 44 Gaylord, MN 55334 507-237-4079
St Louis County Recorder 100 NW 5th Ave, Rm 101 Duluth, MN 55802 218-726-2677
Stearns County RecordersAdministration Center-Rm 131 705 Courthouse Square St Cloud, MN 56303 320-656-3855
Steele County Recorder 630 Florence Ave Owatonna, MN 55060 507-444-7450
Stevens County Recorder 400 Colorado Ave Morris, MN 56267 320-589-7414
Swift County Recorder 301 14th St N Benson, MN 56215 320-843-3377
Todd County Recorder 215 First Ave South Long Prairie, MN 56347 320-732-4428
Traverse County Recorder 702 2nd Ave North Wheaton, MN 56296 320-563-4622
Wabasha County Recorder 625 Jefferson Ave Wabasha, MN 55981 651-565-3623
Wadena County Recorder 415 Jefferson St S Wadena, MN 56482 218-631-7622
Waseca County Recorder 307 N State St Waseca, MN 56093 507-835-0670
Washington County Recorder 14900 61st St North Stillwater, MN 55082 651-430-6755
Watonwan County Recorder P.O. Box 518 St James, MN 56081 507-375-3341
Wilkin County Recorder 300 5th St South Breckenridge, MN 56520 218-643-4012
Winona County Recorder 171 West 3rd Winona, MN 55987 507-457-6340
Wright County Recorder 10 N W Second St Buffalo, MN 55313 612-682-7357
Yellow MedicineCounty Recorder 415 9th Ave Granite Falls, MN 56241 320-564-2529