Arizona Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in AZ

If you're getting married in the state of Arizona you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $72.00 dollars. Accepted forms of payment are cash or money order.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Arizona to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 1 year from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, you do not need to bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Arizona or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Arizona. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Arizona marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Arizona. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place. First cousins may marry if both are 65 or older. If one is over the age of 55 they can marry if they show proof to a superior court judge that one of them is unable to have children.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or legally recognized in Arizona.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Arizona has 15 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Apache County Clerk

75 W Cleveland
St Johns, AZ 85936

520-337-4364

Cochise County Clerk

100 Quality Hill
Bisbee, AZ 85603

520-432-9359

Coconino County Clerk

100 E Birch Ave
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

520-779-6535

Gila County Clerk

1400 East Ash St
Gila, AZ 85501

520-425-3231

Graham County Clerk

800 West Main
Safford, AZ 85546

520-428-3100

Greenlee County Clerk

5th & Leonard St
Clifton, AZ 85533

520-865-4242

La Paz County Clerk

P.O. Box 940
Parker, AZ 85344

520-669-6131

Maricopa County , Marriage License

25 W Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-506-6307

Mohave County Clerk , 401 Spring St

P.O. Box 70
Kingman, AZ 86402

520-753-0713

Navajo County , Clerk of the Court

100 E Carter Dr
Holbrook, AZ 86025

520-524-4188

Pima County Clerk

110 W Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701

520-740-3200

Pinal County , Clerk of the Court

100 N Florence St
Florence, AZ 85232

520-868-6590

Santa Cruz County Clerk

County Complex
Nogales, AZ 85628

520-761-7808

Yavapai County

Clerk of Superior Court
Prescott, AZ 86301

520-771-3312

Yuma County Clerk

198 S. Main St
Yuma, AZ 85364

520-329-2162