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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or 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

219-724-2600

Allen County Recorder

City County Bldg. Room 206
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

219-449-7247

Bartholomew , County Recorder

P.O. Box 1121
Columbus, IN 47202

812-379-1600

Benton County Recorder

700 East 5th St
Fowler, IN 47944

765-884-0930

Blackford County Clerk

110 West Washington
Hartford City, IN 47348

765-348-1130

Boone County Recorder

202 Courthouse Square
Lebanon, IN 46052

765-482-6503

Brown County Recorder

120 Gould St
Nashville, IN 47448

812-988-5510

Carroll County Recorder

Court House 2nd Floor
Delphi, IN 46923

765-564-4485

Cass County Recorder

200 Court Park
Logansport, IN 46947

219-753-7740

Clark County Recorder

City County Bldg.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

812-285-6244

Clay County Recorder

Clay County Court House
Brazil, IN 47834

812-462-3211

Clinton County Recorder

70 Courthouse Sq
Frankfort, IN 46041

765-659-6335

Crawford County Recorder

P.O. Box 214
English, IN 47118

812-338-2565

Daviess County Recorder

200 E Walnut St
Washington, IN 47501

812-254-8664

De Kalb County Recorder

100 S Main St Fl 1
Auburn, IN 46706

219-925-9787

Dearborn County Recorder , 215 W High St, # B

County Administration Building
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

812-537-8867

Decatur County Recorder

150 Court House Square
Greensburg, IN 47240

812-663-8223

Delaware County Recorder

P.O. Box 1008
Muncie, IN 47308

765-747-7726

Dubois County Recorder

1 Court House
Jasper, IN 47546

812-481-7035

Elkhart County Recorder

117 North 2nd St
Gashen, IN 46526

219-535-6433

Fayette County Recorder

401 Central Ave
Connersville, IN 47331

765-825-1813

Floyd County Recorders

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

812-948-5411

Fountain County Recorder , P.O. Box 55

Courthouse Square
Covington, IN 47932

765-793-2192

Franklin County Recorder

459 Main St
Brookville, IN 47012

765-647-5111

Fulton County Clerk

815 Main St, Floor #2
Rochester, IN 46975

219-223-2911

Gibson County Clerk

101 North Main St
Princeton, IN 47670

812-386-8401

Grant County Recorder

401 South Adams St
Marion, IN 46953

765-668-6542

Greene County Recorder

Courthouse # 109
Bloomfield, IN 47424

812-384-8532

Hamilton County Recorder

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

317-776-9629

Hancock County Recorder

9 E Main St, # 204
Greenfield, IN 46140

317-462-1109

Harrison County , Recorders Office

300 Capitol Ave
Corydon, IN 47112

812-738-4289

Hendricks County Recorder

P.O. Box 599
Danville, IN 46122

317-745-9231

Henry County Recorders

216 S 12th St
Newcastle, IN 47362

765-529-6401

Howard County Recorder

117 N Main St, # 202
Kokomo, IN 46901

765-456-2204

Huntington County Recorder

Courthouse, Rm101
Huntington, IN 46750

219-358-4817

Jackson County Recorder

P.O. Box 75
Brownstown, IN 47220

812-358-6116

Jasper County Recorder , 115 W Washington St

Recorders Office
Renselaer, IN 47978

219-866-4926

Jay County Recorder

120 West Main St
Portland, IN 47371

219-726-4951

Jefferson County Recorder

104 Courthouse
Madison, IN 47250

812-265-8922

Jennings County Recorder

P.O. Box 394
Vernon, IN 47282

812-346-5977

Johnson County Recorder

P.O. Box 475
Franklin, IN 46131

317-736-3708

Knox County Recorder

101 N 7th St
Vincennes, IN 47591

812-885-2521

Kosciusko County Clerk

121 N Lake Ave
Warsaw, IN 46580

219-372-2330

La Grange County Recorder

114 W Michigan St
La Grange, IN 46761

219-463-3442

La Porte County Recorder

Court House
La Porte, IN 46350

219-874-6811

Lake County Recorder

2293 North Main St
Crown Point, IN 46307

219-755-3440

Lawrence County Recorder

Court House Room 21
Bedford, IN 47421

812-275-7543

Madison County Clerk , 16 East 9th,

2nd House Box 19
Anderson, IN 46016

765-641-9443

Marion County Recorder , 200 E Wahington

Suite 721
Indianapolis, IN 46204

317-327-4725

Marshall County Recorder , 112 West Jefferson,

Room 201
Plymouth, IN 46563

317-327-4725

Martin County Recorder

Capitol St
Shoals, IN 47581

812-247-3651

Miami County Recorder , Recorders Office

P.O. Box 597
Peru, IN 46970

317-472-3901

Monroe County Clerk

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

812-349-2605

Montgomery County Recorder

100 E Main St
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

765-364-6430

Morgan County Recorder

10 E Washington St Rm 103
Martinsville, IN 46151

765-342-1025

Newton County Recorder , Courthouse Square

Rm 104
Kentland, IN 47951

219-474-6081

Noble County Recorder

101 N Orange St # 240
Albian, IN 46701

219-636-2736

Ohio County Recorder , 413 Main St

Attn. Recorders Office
Rising Sun, IN 47040

812-438-2610

Orange County Recorder

205 E Main
Paoli, IN 47454

812-723-2649

Owen County Recorder

Court House
Spencer, IN 47460

812-829-5015

Parke County Recorder

Court House Square
Rockville, IN 47872

765-569-5132

Perry County Recorder

Court House
Cannelton, IN 47520

812-547-3741

Pike County Recorder

Court House 2nd Floor
Petersburg, IN 47567

812-354-6025

Porter County Recorder

16 East Lincoln Way
Valparaiso, IN 46383

219-465-3450

Posey County Recorder , Courthouse

P.O. Box 9
Mount Vernon, IN 47620

812-838-1306

Pulaski County Recorder

Court House Room 220
Winamac, IN 46996

219-946-3313

Putnam County Recorder

Courthouse Square Room 25
Green Castle, IN 46135

765-653-2648

Randolph County Recorder

Courthouse, Room 101
Winchester, IN 47394

765-584-7207

Randolph County Recorder

100 S Main St, # 101
Winchester, IN 47394

765-584-7207

Ripley County Recorder

Courthouse, Box 404
Versailles, IN 47042

812-689-6115

Rush County Recorder

Court House Room 8
Rushville, IN 46173

765-932-2086

Scott County Recorder

75 North 7th St
Scottsburg, IN 47170

812-752-8420

Shelby County Recorder

407 South Harrison
Shelbyville, IN 46176

317-392-6320

Spencer County Recorder

200 Main St, # 8
Rockport, IN 47635

812-649-6027

St Joseph Recorders , 101 S Main St, # 30

City County Bldg.
South Bend, IN 46601

219-235-9635

Stark County Recorder

53 East Mound
Knox, IN 46534

219-772-9128

Steuben County Recorder

P.O. Box 397
Angola, IN 46703

219-668-1000

Sullivan County Recorder

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

812-268-4657

Switzerland County Recorder , Recorders Office

212 W Main St
Vevay, IN 47043

812-427-3175

Tippecanoe County Recorder

20 North 3rd St
Lafayette, IN 47901

765-423-9326

Tipton County Recorder

101 E Jefferson St Fl 3
Tipton, IN 46072

765-675-2795

Union County Recorder

26 W Union St Box 106
Liberty, IN 47353

765-458-6121

Vanderburgh County Recorder

825 Sycamore St, # 216
Evansville, IN 47708

812-435-5160

Vermillion County Recorder

250 S Main St
Newport, IN 47966

765-492-3500

Vigo County Recorder

201 Cherry St
Terre Haute, IN 47807

812-462-3211

Wabash County Recorder , Recorders Office

Wabash County Courthouse
Wabash, IN 46992

219-563-0661

Warren County Recorder

125 N Monroe St
Williamsport, IN 47993

765-762-3510

Warrick County Recorder , Courthouse

Rm 204
Boonville, IN 47601

812-897-6160

Washington County Recorder

99 Public Sq., # 9
Salem, IN 47167

812-883-5748

Wayne County Recorder

401 E Main St
Richmond, IN 47374

765-973-9220

Wells County Recorder

102 W Market St, # 203
Bluffton, IN 46714

219-824-6479

White County Recorder , 110 N Main St

White County Bldg.
Monticello, IN 47960

219-583-7032

Whitley County Recorder

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

219-248-3102