Indiana Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in IN

If you're getting married in the state of Indiana 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 $18.00 for in-state residents and $60.00 for out-of-state residents. Personal checks not accepted.

Residency Requirement

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

If both partners are residents you may obtain your license from a Town Clerk of your residence. If only one of you is a resident go to the Town Clerk of that resident. In either circumstance, your license will be valid statewide. If neither partner are residents you must apply for your license in the county where the marriage will take place.

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, parents or legal guardians 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. 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 women under the age of 50 must provide a completed State of Indiana Premarital Examinate Certificate obtained from a health clinic.

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. If the divorce or spouse's death had taken place within the last 2 years, some counties require you to 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 Indiana 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 Indiana. 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 Indiana 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 Indiana. 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. Cousins may marry as long as both are over the age of 65.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in Indiana.

Where to Go

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

Indiana has 93 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.

Adams County Recorder

112 South 2nd St
Decatur, IN 46733


Allen County Recorder

City County Bldg. Room 206
Fort Wayne, IN 46802


Bartholomew , County Recorder

P.O. Box 1121
Columbus, IN 47202


Benton County Recorder

700 East 5th St
Fowler, IN 47944


Blackford County Clerk

110 West Washington
Hartford City, IN 47348


Boone County Recorder

202 Courthouse Square
Lebanon, IN 46052


Brown County Recorder

120 Gould St
Nashville, IN 47448


Carroll County Recorder

Court House 2nd Floor
Delphi, IN 46923


Cass County Recorder

200 Court Park
Logansport, IN 46947


Clark County Recorder

City County Bldg.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130


Clay County Recorder

Clay County Court House
Brazil, IN 47834


Clinton County Recorder

70 Courthouse Sq
Frankfort, IN 46041


Crawford County Recorder

P.O. Box 214
English, IN 47118


Daviess County Recorder

200 E Walnut St
Washington, IN 47501


De Kalb County Recorder

100 S Main St Fl 1
Auburn, IN 46706


Dearborn County Recorder , 215 W High St, # B

County Administration Building
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025


Decatur County Recorder

150 Court House Square
Greensburg, IN 47240


Delaware County Recorder

P.O. Box 1008
Muncie, IN 47308


Dubois County Recorder

1 Court House
Jasper, IN 47546


Elkhart County Recorder

117 North 2nd St
Gashen, IN 46526


Fayette County Recorder

401 Central Ave
Connersville, IN 47331


Floyd County Recorders

311 W 1st St Room 115
New Albany, IN 47150


Fountain County Recorder , P.O. Box 55

Courthouse Square
Covington, IN 47932


Franklin County Recorder

459 Main St
Brookville, IN 47012


Fulton County Clerk

815 Main St, Floor #2
Rochester, IN 46975


Gibson County Clerk

101 North Main St
Princeton, IN 47670


Grant County Recorder

401 South Adams St
Marion, IN 46953


Greene County Recorder

Courthouse # 109
Bloomfield, IN 47424


Hamilton County Recorder

33 N 9th St, # 309
Noblesville, IN 46060


Hancock County Recorder

9 E Main St, # 204
Greenfield, IN 46140


Harrison County , Recorders Office

300 Capitol Ave
Corydon, IN 47112


Hendricks County Recorder

P.O. Box 599
Danville, IN 46122


Henry County Recorders

216 S 12th St
Newcastle, IN 47362


Howard County Recorder

117 N Main St, # 202
Kokomo, IN 46901


Huntington County Recorder

Courthouse, Rm101
Huntington, IN 46750


Jackson County Recorder

P.O. Box 75
Brownstown, IN 47220


Jasper County Recorder , 115 W Washington St

Recorders Office
Renselaer, IN 47978


Jay County Recorder

120 West Main St
Portland, IN 47371


Jefferson County Recorder

104 Courthouse
Madison, IN 47250


Jennings County Recorder

P.O. Box 394
Vernon, IN 47282


Johnson County Recorder

P.O. Box 475
Franklin, IN 46131


Knox County Recorder

101 N 7th St
Vincennes, IN 47591


Kosciusko County Clerk

121 N Lake Ave
Warsaw, IN 46580


La Grange County Recorder

114 W Michigan St
La Grange, IN 46761


La Porte County Recorder

Court House
La Porte, IN 46350


Lake County Recorder

2293 North Main St
Crown Point, IN 46307


Lawrence County Recorder

Court House Room 21
Bedford, IN 47421


Madison County Clerk , 16 East 9th,

2nd House Box 19
Anderson, IN 46016


Marion County Recorder , 200 E Wahington

Suite 721
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Marshall County Recorder , 112 West Jefferson,

Room 201
Plymouth, IN 46563


Martin County Recorder

Capitol St
Shoals, IN 47581


Miami County Recorder , Recorders Office

P.O. Box 597
Peru, IN 46970


Monroe County Clerk

301 N. College Ave., Room 201
Bloomington, IN 47404


Montgomery County Recorder

100 E Main St
Crawfordsville, IN 47933


Morgan County Recorder

10 E Washington St Rm 103
Martinsville, IN 46151


Newton County Recorder , Courthouse Square

Rm 104
Kentland, IN 47951


Noble County Recorder

101 N Orange St # 240
Albian, IN 46701


Ohio County Recorder , 413 Main St

Attn. Recorders Office
Rising Sun, IN 47040


Orange County Recorder

205 E Main
Paoli, IN 47454


Owen County Recorder

Court House
Spencer, IN 47460


Parke County Recorder

Court House Square
Rockville, IN 47872


Perry County Recorder

Court House
Cannelton, IN 47520


Pike County Recorder

Court House 2nd Floor
Petersburg, IN 47567


Porter County Recorder

16 East Lincoln Way
Valparaiso, IN 46383


Posey County Recorder , Courthouse

P.O. Box 9
Mount Vernon, IN 47620


Pulaski County Recorder

Court House Room 220
Winamac, IN 46996


Putnam County Recorder

Courthouse Square Room 25
Green Castle, IN 46135


Randolph County Recorder

Courthouse, Room 101
Winchester, IN 47394


Randolph County Recorder

100 S Main St, # 101
Winchester, IN 47394


Ripley County Recorder

Courthouse, Box 404
Versailles, IN 47042


Rush County Recorder

Court House Room 8
Rushville, IN 46173


Scott County Recorder

75 North 7th St
Scottsburg, IN 47170


Shelby County Recorder

407 South Harrison
Shelbyville, IN 46176


Spencer County Recorder

200 Main St, # 8
Rockport, IN 47635


St Joseph Recorders , 101 S Main St, # 30

City County Bldg.
South Bend, IN 46601


Stark County Recorder

53 East Mound
Knox, IN 46534


Steuben County Recorder

P.O. Box 397
Angola, IN 46703


Sullivan County Recorder

100 Court House Sq., # 304
Sullivan, IN 47882


Switzerland County Recorder , Recorders Office

212 W Main St
Vevay, IN 47043


Tippecanoe County Recorder

20 North 3rd St
Lafayette, IN 47901


Tipton County Recorder

101 E Jefferson St Fl 3
Tipton, IN 46072


Union County Recorder

26 W Union St Box 106
Liberty, IN 47353


Vanderburgh County Recorder

825 Sycamore St, # 216
Evansville, IN 47708


Vermillion County Recorder

250 S Main St
Newport, IN 47966


Vigo County Recorder

201 Cherry St
Terre Haute, IN 47807


Wabash County Recorder , Recorders Office

Wabash County Courthouse
Wabash, IN 46992


Warren County Recorder

125 N Monroe St
Williamsport, IN 47993


Warrick County Recorder , Courthouse

Rm 204
Boonville, IN 47601


Washington County Recorder

99 Public Sq., # 9
Salem, IN 47167


Wayne County Recorder

401 E Main St
Richmond, IN 47374


Wells County Recorder

102 W Market St, # 203
Bluffton, IN 46714


White County Recorder , 110 N Main St

White County Bldg.
Monticello, IN 47960


Whitley County Recorder

101 W Van Buren St, # 10
Columbia City, IN 46725