Arkansas Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in AR

If you're getting married in the state of Arkansas 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 roughly $58.00 dollars, although fees may vary from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

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 Arkansas 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 60 days 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, one parent or legal guardian must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. Males under the age of 17 and females under the age of 16 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, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas. 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

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

Where to Go

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

Arkansas has 73 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.

Arkansas County , Clerks Office

P.O. Box 719
Stuttgart, AR 72160


Ashley County , Ashley County Clerk

Circuit Clerk Court House
Hamburg, AR 71646


Baxter County Clerk

1 E 7th St
Mountain Home, AR 72653


Benton County Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 699

Bentonville Square
Bentonville, AR 72712


Boone County Circuit Clerk , Boone County Courthouse

P.O. Box 957
Harrison, AR 72601


Bradley County Clerk

100 E Cedar
Warren, AR 71671


Calhoun County Clerk

Main St
So. Hampton, AR 71744


Carroll County

210 W Church Ave
Berryville, AR 72616


Chicot County Clerk

108 Main St
Lake Village, AR 71653


Circuit Clerk , Columbia County

P.O. Box 327
Magnolia, AR 71753


Circuit Clerk , Cleburne County

P.O. Box 543
Heber Springs, AR 72543


Clark County Clerk

401 Clay St
Arkadelphia, AR 71923


Clay County Circuit Clerk , P. O. Box 29

Main St
Piggott, AR 72454


Clay County Circuit Court

800 SW 2nd St
Corning, AR 72422


Conway County Circuit Clerk

115 S Moose St
Morrilton, AR 72110


Craighead East , Craighead County Clerk

P.O. Box 537
Lake City, AR 72437


Craighead West , Craighead County

County Clerk P.O. Box 120
Jonesboro, AR 72401


Crawford County , Circuit & Chancery Clerk

Crawford County Court House
Van Buren, AR 72956


Crittenden County

100 Court St
Marion, AR 72364


Cross County , Circuit Clerk

705 East Union, Room 9
Wynne, AR 72396


Dallas County

206 W 3rd St
Fordyce, AR 71742


Desha Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 309

Robert Moore Ave
Arkansas City, AR 71630


Drew County

210 So. Main
Monticello, AR 71655


Faulkner County , Sharon Rimmer Circuit Clerk

801 Locust St Room 15
Conway, AR 72032


Franking County , Charleston District
Circuit Court

409 East Main
Charleston, AR 72933


Franklin County Courthouse , Ozark District
Circuit Clerk

211 West Commercial
Ozark, AR 72949


Fulton County Clerk , Main St

Court Square
Salem, AR 72576


Garland County , Circuit Chancery Clerk

501 Ouachita Ave, # 103
Hot Springs, AR 71901


Grant County Clerk

101 W Center St, # 106
Sheridan, AR 72150


Green County Circuit Clerk

P.O. Box 1028
Paragould, AR 72451


Hempstead County , 400 S Washington St

P.O. Box 1420
Hope, AR 71801


Hot Spring Recorder , Of Deeds

200 Locust St
Malvern, AR 72104


Independence County Courthouse , Circuit Clerk

192 E Main St
Batesville, AR 72501


Izard County Clerk

Main St Courthouse
Melbourne, AR 72556


Jackson County , Circuit Clerk

208 Main St
Newport, AR 72112


Jefferson County , Circuit Clerk

100 W Barraque St
Pine Bluff, AR 71611


Johnson County Clerk

215 W Main St
Clarksville, AR 72830


Lafayette County , Circuit Clerk
Courthouse Square

P.O. Box 986
Lewisville, AR 71845


Lawrence County , Circuit Clerk

P.O. Box 581
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476


Lee County Circuit Court

15 East Chestnut
Mariana, AR 72360


Lincoln County , Circuit Clerk

300 Drew St
Star City, AR 71667


Logan County , Circuit Clerk

P.O. Box 519
Paris, AR 72855


Lonoke County Clerk , N. Center St

P.O. Box 231
Lonoke, AR 72086


Madison Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 416

Corner Of Courthouse & Main
Huntsville, AR 72740


Marion County Clerk

P.O. Box 385
Yellville, AR 72687


Miller County , Circuit Clerk

412 Laurel St, #109
Texarkana, AR 75502


Mississippi County , Circuit Clerk

2nd & Walnut
Blytheville, AR 72315


Monroe County , Circuit Court

123 Madison St
Clarendon, AR 72029


Montgomery County Clerk , P.O. Box 377

1 George St
Mount Ida, AR 71957


Nevada Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 204

East 2nd South
Prescott, AR 71857


Newton Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 14

Courthouse St
Jasper, AR 72641


Ouachita County Clerk , P. O. Box 667

145 Jefferson
Camden, AR 71701


Perry County Clerk , P.O. Box 358

Main St
Perryville, AR 72126


Phillips County , Circuit Clerk

620 Cherry St Ste. 206
Helena, AR 72342


Poinsett County Clerk , P.O. Box 46

401 Market St
Harrisburg, AR 72432


Polk Clerk Of , The Circuit Court

507 Church St
Mena, AR 71953


Pope County , Circuit Clerk

100 West Main St
Russellville, AR 72801


Prairie County Clerk , Prairie Ave

DeValls Bluff, AR 72041


Pulaski Circuit Clerk , Kark Building

201 West Third St
Little Rock, AR 72201


Saline County Circuit Clerk , Circuit Clerks Office

Saline County Court House
Benton, AR 72015


Scott Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 464

210 S. Main St
Waldron, AR 72958


Searcy County Clerk , P.O. Box 935

Courthouse Square
Marshall, AR 72650


Sebastian County , Circuit Clerk
Fort Smith District

P.O. Box 1179
Fort Smith, AR 72902


Sebastian County Clerk , Greenwood District

P.O. Box 310
Greenwood, AR 72936


Sharp County Clerk

P.O. Box 307
Ash Flat, AR 72513


St Francis , County Clerk

P.O. Box 1775
Forrest City, AR 72335


Stone County Clerk

P.O. Box 120
Mountain View, AR 72500


Union County Clerk

101 N Washington Ave, # 102
El Dorado, AR 71730


Van Buren County Clerk

Main & Griggs St
Clinton, AR 72031


Washington County Clerk

280 N College Ave, # 300
Fayetteville, AR 72701


White County Clerk , White County Courthouse

301 W Arch Ave
Searcy, AR 72143


Woodruff County Clerk

500 N 3rd
Augusta, AR 72006


Yell County Clerk

101 Union St
Dardanelle, AR 72834