Iowa Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in IA

If you're getting married in the state of Iowa 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 roughly $35.00 dollars, although fees may vary from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

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 Iowa 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 a mandatory 3 day waiting period before your license is issued to you. In most states, the waiting period does not include Saturdays, Sundays or federal holidays. In some instances, the day the application is filed is not included within the waiting period timeline.

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 marriage license will never expire once it's been issued.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

This scenario wouldn't apply to you because, as stated above, your license will not expire once it's been issued to you.

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.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

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 Iowa 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 Iowa. 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 Iowa marriage license.

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

Yes, common-law marriages are allowed in Iowa. The fact that it is a viable option in this state is notable considering common law marriage is not available in four-fifths of the country.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

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

Where to Go

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

Iowa has 89 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.

Adair County Recorders

400 Public Square
Greenfield, IA 50849


Adams County Recorder

500 9th And Davis Ave
Corning, IA 50841


Allamakee County Recorders

110 Allamakee St
Waukon, IA 52172


Appanoose County Recorder

201 N 12th St
Centerville, IA 52544


Audubon County Recorder

318 Leroy St, #7
Audubon, IA 50025


Benton County Clerk

111 E 4th St
Vinton, IA 52349


Black Hawk County Recorder

316 East Fifth
Waterloo, IA 50706


Boone County Recorder

210 State
Boone, IA 50036


Bremer County Recorder

415 E Bremer Ave
Waverly, IA 50677


Buchanan County Recorder

210 5th Ave, N.E.
Independence, IA 50644


Buena Vista County Recorder

East 5th Court House Square
Storm Lake, IA 50588


Butler County Recorder

428 6th St
Allison, IA 50602


Calhoun County Recorder

416 4th St, # 3
Rockwell City, IA 50579


Carroll County Recorder

6th & Main
Carroll, IA 51401


Cass County Recorder

5 W 7th St
Atlantic, IA 50022


Cedar County Recorders , Courthouse

400 Cedar St
Tipton, IA 52772


Cerro Gordo , County Recorder

220 North Washington
Mason City, IA 50401


Chickasaw County Recorder

8 E Prospect St
New Hampton, IA 50659


Clay County Recorder

P.O. Box 7306
Spencer, IA 51301


Clayton County

111 High St
Elkader, IA 52043


Clinton County Recorder

301 Main Ave
Clinton, IA 52732


Crawford County Recorder

P.O. Box 442
Dennison, IA 51442


Dallas County Recorder

801 Court St, # 203
Adel, IA 50003


Decatur Recorders

201 N Main St
Leon, IA 50144


Delaware County Recorder

301 E Main St
Manchester, IA 52057


Des Moines County Recorder

513 N Main St
Burlington, IA 52601


Dickenson County Recorder

18th & Hill St
Spirit Lake, IA 51360


Dubuque County

720 Central
Dubuque, IA 52001


Emmet County Recorder

609 First Ave North
Esterville, IA 51334


Fayette County Recorder

P.O. Box 226
West Union, IA 52175


Floyd County Recorder

Courthouse 101 South Main
Charles City, IA 50616


Franklin County Recorder

P.O. Box 26
Hampton, IA 50441


Fremont County Recorder

P.O. Box 295
Sidney, IA 51652


Greene County Recorders , 114 North Chesnut

Jefferson, IA 50129


Grundy County Recorder

706 G Ave
Grundy Center, IA 50638


Guthrie County Recorder

205 N Fifth
Guthrie Center, IA 50115


Hamilton County Recorder

P.O. Box 126
Webster City, IA 50595


Hancock County Recorder

855 State St
Garner, IA 50438


Hardin County Recorder

Hardin County Courthouse
Eldora, IA 50627


Harrison County Recorder

111 N 2nd Ave
Logan, IA 51546


Henry County Recorder , Main & Washington

Courthouse Building
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641


Humboldt County Recorder

203 Main
Dakota City, IA 50529


Ida County Recorder

401 Moorehead St
Ida Grove, IA 51445


Iowa County Recorder

P.O. Box 185 Court Ave
Marengo, IA 52301


Jackson County Recorder

201 West Platt
Maquoketa, IA 52060


Jasper County Recorder

County Courthouse, Room 205
Newton, IA 50208


Jean Richardson , County Recorder

300 N Pine St
Creston, IA 50801


Jefferson County Recorder

51 W Briggs Ave
Fairfield, IA 52556


Johnson County Recorder

913 South Dubuque
Iowa City, IA 52244


Jones County Recorder

500 W Main St, # 116
Anamosa, IA 52205


Kossuth County

114 West State St
Algona, IA 50511


Lee County Recorder

P.O. Box 160
Keokuk, IA 52632


Lee County Recorders

P.O. Box 322
Fort Madison, IA 52627


Linn County Recorder

930 1st S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Louisa County Recorder

117 South Main
Wapello, IA 52653


Lucas County Recorder

916 Braden Ave
Chariton, IA 50049


Lyon County Recorder

206 S 2nd Ave
Rock Rapids, IA 51246


Madison County Recorder

P.O. Box 152
Winterset, IA 50273


Mahaska County Recorder

106 S 1st St
Oskaloosa, IA 52577


Marion County Recorder

214 E Main St
Knoxville, IA 50138


Marshall County Recorder

1 E Main St
Marshalltown, IA 50158


Mills County Recorder

418 Sharp St
Glenwood, IA 51534


Mitchell County Recorder

508 State St
Osage, IA 50461


Monona County Recorder

610 Iowa Ave
Onawa, IA 51040


Monroe County Recorder

10 Benton Ave E
Albia, IA 52531


Montgomery County Recorder

P.O. Box 469
Red Oak, IA 51566


Muscatine County Recorder

401 East 3rd
Muscatine, IA 52761


Obrien County Recorder

155 S Hayes Ave
Primghar, IA 51245


Osceola County Recorder

300 7th St
Sibley, IA 51249


Page County Recorder

112 E Main St
Clarinda, IA 51632


Palo Alto County Recorder

1010 Broadway St
Emmetsburg, IA 50536


Plymouth County Recorder

214 4th Ave SE
Le Mars, IA 51031


Polk County Recorder

2nd & Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309


Pottawattamie County Recorder

227 South Sixth St
Council Bluffs, IA 51501


Poweshiek County Recorder

302 East Main
Montezuma, IA 50171


Sac County Recorder

100 NW State St
Sac City, IA 50583


Shelby County Recorder

1313 Industrial Pkwy
Harlan, IA 51537


Sioux County Recorder

P.O. Box 100
Orange City, IA 51041


Story County Recorder

900 6th St
Nevada, IA 50201


Tama County Recorder

P.O. Box 82
Toledo, IA 52342


Wapello County Recorder

101 W 4th St
Ottumwa, IA 52501


Warren County Recorder

P.O. Box 163
Indianola, IA 50125


Washington County Recorder

110 West Main
Washington, IA 52353


Webster County Recorder

701 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA 50501


Winnebago County Recorder

126 South Clark
Forest City, IA 50436


Winnesheik County Recorder

201 West Main St
Decorah, IA 52101


Woodbury County Recorder

Courthouse, Room 106
Sioux City, IA 51101


Worth County Recorder

1000 Central Ave
Northwood, IA 50459


Wright County Recorder

115 North Main
Clarion, IA 50525