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

870-673-7311

Ashley County , Ashley County Clerk

Circuit Clerk Court House
Hamburg, AR 71646

870-853-2020

Baxter County Clerk

1 E 7th St
Mountain Home, AR 72653

870-425-3475

Benton County Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 699

Bentonville Square
Bentonville, AR 72712

501-271-1013

Boone County Circuit Clerk , Boone County Courthouse

P.O. Box 957
Harrison, AR 72601

870-741-8428

Bradley County Clerk

100 E Cedar
Warren, AR 71671

870-226-3464

Calhoun County Clerk

Main St
So. Hampton, AR 71744

870-798-2517

Carroll County

210 W Church Ave
Berryville, AR 72616

870-423-2022

Chicot County Clerk

108 Main St
Lake Village, AR 71653

870-265-8000

Circuit Clerk , Columbia County

P.O. Box 327
Magnolia, AR 71753

870-235-3774

Circuit Clerk , Cleburne County

P.O. Box 543
Heber Springs, AR 72543

501-362-4620

Clark County Clerk

401 Clay St
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

870-246-4491

Clay County Circuit Clerk , P. O. Box 29

Main St
Piggott, AR 72454

870-598-2813

Clay County Circuit Court

800 SW 2nd St
Corning, AR 72422

870-857-3480

Conway County Circuit Clerk

115 S Moose St
Morrilton, AR 72110

501-354-9621

Craighead East , Craighead County Clerk

P.O. Box 537
Lake City, AR 72437

870-237-4342

Craighead West , Craighead County

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

870-933-4530

Crawford County , Circuit & Chancery Clerk

Crawford County Court House
Van Buren, AR 72956

501-474-1312

Crittenden County

100 Court St
Marion, AR 72364

870-739-4434

Cross County , Circuit Clerk

705 East Union, Room 9
Wynne, AR 72396

870-238-5735

Dallas County

206 W 3rd St
Fordyce, AR 71742

870-352-2307

Desha Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 309

Robert Moore Ave
Arkansas City, AR 71630

870-877-2323

Drew County

210 So. Main
Monticello, AR 71655

870-460-6250

Faulkner County , Sharon Rimmer Circuit Clerk

801 Locust St Room 15
Conway, AR 72032

501-450-4910

Franking County , Charleston District
Circuit Court

409 East Main
Charleston, AR 72933

501-965-2129

Franklin County Courthouse , Ozark District
Circuit Clerk

211 West Commercial
Ozark, AR 72949

501-667-3607

Fulton County Clerk , Main St

Court Square
Salem, AR 72576

870-895-3310

Garland County , Circuit Chancery Clerk

501 Ouachita Ave, # 103
Hot Springs, AR 71901

501-622-3610

Grant County Clerk

101 W Center St, # 106
Sheridan, AR 72150

870-942-2631

Green County Circuit Clerk

P.O. Box 1028
Paragould, AR 72451

870-239-6311

Hempstead County , 400 S Washington St

P.O. Box 1420
Hope, AR 71801

870-777-2241

Hot Spring Recorder , Of Deeds

200 Locust St
Malvern, AR 72104

501-332-2291

Independence County Courthouse , Circuit Clerk

192 E Main St
Batesville, AR 72501

870-793-8828

Izard County Clerk

Main St Courthouse
Melbourne, AR 72556

870-368-4316

Jackson County , Circuit Clerk

208 Main St
Newport, AR 72112

870-523-7420

Jefferson County , Circuit Clerk

100 W Barraque St
Pine Bluff, AR 71611

501-541-5322

Johnson County Clerk

215 W Main St
Clarksville, AR 72830

501-754-3967

Lafayette County , Circuit Clerk
Courthouse Square

P.O. Box 986
Lewisville, AR 71845

870-921-4633

Lawrence County , Circuit Clerk

P.O. Box 581
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

870-886-1111

Lee County Circuit Court

15 East Chestnut
Mariana, AR 72360

870-295-7715

Lincoln County , Circuit Clerk

300 Drew St
Star City, AR 71667

870-628-5114

Logan County , Circuit Clerk

P.O. Box 519
Paris, AR 72855

501-963-2618

Lonoke County Clerk , N. Center St

P.O. Box 231
Lonoke, AR 72086

501-676-2368

Madison Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 416

Corner Of Courthouse & Main
Huntsville, AR 72740

501-738-2747

Marion County Clerk

P.O. Box 385
Yellville, AR 72687

870-449-6226

Miller County , Circuit Clerk

412 Laurel St, #109
Texarkana, AR 75502

870-774-4501

Mississippi County , Circuit Clerk
Courthouse

2nd & Walnut
Blytheville, AR 72315

870-762-2411

Monroe County , Circuit Court

123 Madison St
Clarendon, AR 72029

870-747-3632

Montgomery County Clerk , P.O. Box 377

1 George St
Mount Ida, AR 71957

870-867-3521

Nevada Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 204

East 2nd South
Prescott, AR 71857

870-887-2710

Newton Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 14

Courthouse St
Jasper, AR 72641

870-446-5125

Ouachita County Clerk , P. O. Box 667

145 Jefferson
Camden, AR 71701

870-837-2220

Perry County Clerk , P.O. Box 358

Main St
Perryville, AR 72126

501-889-5126

Phillips County , Circuit Clerk

620 Cherry St Ste. 206
Helena, AR 72342

870-338-5505

Poinsett County Clerk , P.O. Box 46

401 Market St
Harrisburg, AR 72432

870-578-4410

Polk Clerk Of , The Circuit Court

507 Church St
Mena, AR 71953

501-394-8123

Pope County , Circuit Clerk

100 West Main St
Russellville, AR 72801

501-968-6064

Prairie County Clerk , Prairie Ave

DeValls Bluff, AR 72041

870-998-2314

Pulaski Circuit Clerk , Kark Building

201 West Third St
Little Rock, AR 72201

501-372-8433

Saline County Circuit Clerk , Circuit Clerks Office

Saline County Court House
Benton, AR 72015

501-303-5630

Scott Circuit Clerk , P.O. Box 464

210 S. Main St
Waldron, AR 72958

501-637-2642

Searcy County Clerk , P.O. Box 935

Courthouse Square
Marshall, AR 72650

870-448-3807

Sebastian County , Circuit Clerk
Fort Smith District

P.O. Box 1179
Fort Smith, AR 72902

501-782-5065

Sebastian County Clerk , Greenwood District

P.O. Box 310
Greenwood, AR 72936

501-996-4195

Sharp County Clerk

P.O. Box 307
Ash Flat, AR 72513

870-994-7361

St Francis , County Clerk

P.O. Box 1775
Forrest City, AR 72335

870-261-1725

Stone County Clerk

P.O. Box 120
Mountain View, AR 72500

870-269-3271

Union County Clerk

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

870-864-1950

Van Buren County Clerk

Main & Griggs St
Clinton, AR 72031

501-745-4140

Washington County Clerk

280 N College Ave, # 300
Fayetteville, AR 72701

501-444-1711

White County Clerk , White County Courthouse

301 W Arch Ave
Searcy, AR 72143

501-279-6203

Woodruff County Clerk

500 N 3rd
Augusta, AR 72006

870-347-2871

Yell County Clerk

101 Union St
Dardanelle, AR 72834

501-229-4404