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