Shelby County, IN Marriage License Information

If you plan to get married in Shelby County, IN, or elsewhere within Indiana, you must complete a marriage license application. You can get your marriage license in Shelby County or any other county throughout the state. Locations that distribute marriage licenses are typically located in the County Clerk or Recorder office. Marriage licenses issued from Shelby County can be used throughout the state of Indiana.

Where Can I Get a Marriage License in Shelby County, Indiana?

Address and Phone Number:

Shelby County Recorder
407 South Harrison
Shelbyville, IN 46176
317-392-6320

Cost of Marriage License

How much is a marriage license in Shelby County?

A Shelby County marriage license can be bought for $18.00 for in-state residents and $60.00 for out-of-state residents. Personal checks not accepted.

Residency Rules

Do in-state or out-of-state residents have different requirements?

If either of you are Indiana residents, you can apply for your license in Shelby County or whichever Indiana county of your choosing.

If neither of you live in Indiana then get your license from the county where you intend to get married. For instance, if you know you're going to get married in Shelby County, that's where you should get your license.

Waiting Periods

Once my application is submitted, when will I get my marriage license?

There's no wait to get your marriage license. Once your application is received, your marriage licensed will be issued immediately.

Once I get my license, do I have to wait to get married?

There is no extra waiting period once your marriage license is issued. You can go and get married in Shelby County, or anywhere else within the state.

License Expiration Dates

How long will my license be good for after I get it?

Your Shelby County marriage license will eventually expire if not used. You have 60 days to use it once it's been issued.

My marriage license expired before I got a chance to use it. Now what?

Your expired marriage license is no longer valid. You can get it reissued from the same Shelby County office you submitted your original application to.

Age Requirements

How old do I have to be to get legally married?

You have to be at least 18 years old in order to marry without getting consent from a parent or legal guardian within Shelby County.

What if I want to get married, but I'm under 18 years old?

If you are under 18 years of age, you'll need both your parents (or legal guardians) to accompany you to provide consent. Have a certified copy of your birth certificate available. Such copies are typically available in the vital records or recorders office.

Keep in mind that if you were not born in Indiana, you'll have to order your certified copy from your state or country of birth. If you were born in Shelby County, IN, order your certificate from this county. Otherwise, order it from the IN county of your birth.

Blood Tests

Do I have to get a blood test?

While there are no blood tests, women over 50 years old do have to provide a premarital examinate certificate, which can be gotten from an Indiana health clinic.

Divorced or Widowed

What if I've been divorced or am a widower?

If you were married before, provide the date of your divorce or the date your spouse died. Have a certified copy your divorce decree or death certificate in hand when you arrive to complete your application.

As with birth certificates, divorce and death certificates can be gotten from your local vital records office where the divorce or death was recorded. If it occurred in Shelby County, get it from there. Otherwise, get it from the proper location in whichever state it took place in.

Marriage-Related Name Change

How do I change my name due to marriage?

When you get married, you'll be provided a marriage certificate (filed in Shelby County) which provides proof of marriage and is the primary document used to facilitate the name change process. You'll use it to complete your name change across various government and non-government institutions.

You can make use of an online marriage name change service to get the process started, before or after you get married in Shelby County or elsewhere in Indiana.

Proxy Marriages

What exactly is a proxy marriage?

Getting married by proxy means you'll have someone stand-in for you at the marriage ceremony. If one or both partners to the marriage aren't able to attend the ceremony, another person (known as the proxy) can take your place.

So, can I get proxy married in Shelby County?

No, unfortunately you can't get married by proxy in Shelby County or anywhere else in Indiana.

Common Law Marriages

What does common law marriage mean?

A common law marriage is an informal marriage that doesn't hold the same legal authenticity of a standard marriage. It's based on an accepted understanding between the partners that you're basically cohabitating.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, Shelby County will not issue marriage licenses for common law marriages. Indiana does not recognize common law marriages. Not even if you were common law married in another state. Very few states still do.

Cousin Marriages

Can I legally marry my cousin?

Yes, in Indiana, cousin marriage are permissible.

Same-Sex Marriage Recognition

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, Shelby County will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Indiana recognizes same-sex marriages as valid as any other marriage.