Idaho Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in ID

If you're getting married in the state of Idaho 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 $30.00 on weekdays only. Accepted forms of payment are cash or in-state check.

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 Idaho 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, although both parties must sign a premarital AIDS education brochure.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

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

If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be provided.

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 Idaho 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 Idaho. 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 Idaho 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 Idaho. 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 Idaho.

Where to Go

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

Idaho has 44 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.

Ada County Recorder

650 Main St
Boise, ID 83702

208-364-2222

Adams County Clerk

P.O. Box 48
Council, ID 83612

208-253-4561

Bannock County Recorder

624 East Center, Room 211
Pocatello, ID 83205

208-236-7340

Bear Lake County Recorder

P.O. Box 190
Paris, ID 83261

208-945-2212

Benewah County Clerk

Courthouse
St Maries, ID 83861

208-245-3212

Bingham County Clerk

501 North Maple St
Blackfoot, ID 83221

208-785-5005

Blaine County Recorder

206 1st Ave. S., Ste. 200
Hailey, ID 83333

208-788-5505

Boise County Recorder

P.O. Box 157
Idaho City, ID 83631

208-392-4431

Bonner County Recorder

1500 Hwy 2, Suite 335
Sand Point, ID 83864

208-265-1490

Bonneville County , Clerk Recorder

605 North Capital Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

208-529-1350

Boundary County Recorder , 315 Kootenai St

P.O. Box 419
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

208-267-2242

Butte County Clerk

P.O. Box 737
Arco, ID 83213

208-527-3021

Camas County Clerk

P.O. Box 430
Fairfield, ID 83327

208-764-2242

Canyon County Recorder

1115 Albany St
Caldwell, ID 83605

208-454-7552

Caribou County Clerk

P.O. Box 775
Soda Springs, ID 83276

208-547-4342

Cassia County Recorder , Cassia County Courthouse

1459 Overland Ave, # 105
Burley, ID 83318

208-678-5240

Clark County Clerk

P.O. Box 205
Dubois, ID 83423

208-374-5304

Clearwater County Recorder

P.O. Box 586
Orofino, ID 83544

208-476-5615

Custer County Clerk

P.O. Box 385
Challis, ID 83226

208-879-2360

Elmore County Recorder

150 South 4th East
Mountain Home, ID 83647

208-587-2130

Franklin County Recorder

39 West Oneida
Preston, ID 83263

208-852-1090

Fremont County Clerk

151 W 1st N.
Saint Anthony, ID 83445

208-624-7332

Gem County Recorder

415 E Main St
Emmett, ID 83617

208-365-4561

Gooding County Clerk

P.O. Box 417
Gooding, ID 83330

208-934-4841

Idaho County Recorder

Idaho County Courthouse, Rm 5
Grangeville, ID 83530

208-983-2751

Jefferson County Clerk

134 North Clark
Rigby, ID 83442

208-745-7756

Jerome County Recorder

P.O. Box 407
Burley, ID 83318

208-324-8811

Kootenai County Recorder

501 Government Way
Coer D' Alene, ID 83814

208-769-4400

Latah County Clerk , 522 South Adams

P.O. Box 8068
Moscow, ID 83843

208-882-8580

Lemhi County Clerk

206 Courthouse Drive
Salmon, ID 83467

208-756-2815

Lewis County Clerk

P.O. Box 39
Nezperce, ID 83543

208-937-2661

Lincoln County Clerk

111 W B St
Shoshone, ID 83352

208-886-7641

Madison County Recorder

159 East Main
Rexburg, ID 83440

208-356-3662

Minidoka County Recorder

P.O. Box 474
Rupert, ID 83350

208-436-9511

Nez Perce County Recorder

P.O. Box 896
Lewiston, ID 83501

208-799-3020

Oneida County Clerk

10 Court St
Malad City, ID 83252

208-766-4116

Owyhee County Clerk

P.O. Box 128
Murphy, ID 83650

208-495-2421

Payette County Recorder

1130 3rd Ave North
Payette, ID 83661

208-642-6000

Power County Clerk

543 Bannock
American Falls, ID 83211

208-226-7611

Shoshone County Clerk

P.O. Box 1049
Wallace, ID 83873

208-752-1264

Teton County Recorder

89 North Main
Driggs, ID 83422

208-354-2905

Twin Falls , County Recorder

P.O. Box 126
Twin Falls, ID 83303

208-736-4004

Valley County Recorder

219 North Main
Cascade, ID 83611

208-382-4297

Washington County Clerk

P.O. Box 670
Weiser, ID 83672

208-549-2092