If you're getting married in the state of Minnesota 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 $100.00 dollars. 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 Minnesota 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 5 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 license will expire 6 months 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, parental consent forms must be signed. 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.

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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota. 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

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 Minnesota.

Where to Go

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

Minnesota has 87 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.

Aitkin Court Administration
209 2nd St NW
Aitkin, MN 56431
Anoka County Vital Statistics
2100 Third Ave
Anoka, MN 55303
Becker County Vital Statistics
917 Lake Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
Beltrami County Recorder
619 Beltrami Ave Nw
Bemidji, MN 56601
Benton County Benton County Recorder
531 Dewey St
Foley, MN 56329
Big Stone County Recorder
20 2nd St SE
Ortonville, MN 56278
Blue Earth County License Department
P.O. Box 8608
Mankato, MN 56001
Brown County Recorder
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073
Carlton County Courthouse County Recorders Office
301 Walnut Ave
Carlton, MN 55718
Carver County Recorder
600 E 4th St
Chaska, MN 55318
Cass County Recorder
P.O. Box 3000
Walker, MN 56484
Chippewa County Recorder
Highway 7 And 11th St
Montevideo, MN 56265
Chisago County Recorder
313 N Main St
Senter City, MN 55012
Clay County Recorder
807 N 11th St
Moorhead, MN 56560
Clearwater County Recorder
P.O. Box 307
Bagley, MN 56621
Cook County Recorder
411 W 2nd St
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Cottonwood County Recorder
P.O. Box 326
Windom, MN 56101
Crow Wing County Recorder
326 Laurel St
Brainerd, MN 56401
Dakota County Recorder Government Center
1590 West Hwy 55
Hastings, MN 55033
Dodge County Recorder
P.O. Box 128
Mantorville, MN 55955
Douglas County Recorder
305 8th Ave West
Alexandria, MN 56308
Faribault County Recorder
P.O. Box 130
Blue Earth, MN 56013
Fillmore County Recorder
1 Courthouse Sq
Preston, MN 55965
Freeborn County Recorder
411 S. Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Goodhue County Recorder-Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 408
Redwing, MN 55066
Grant County Recorder
10 2nd St NE, Courthouse
Elbow Lake, MN 56531
Hennepin County Recorder
300 South Sixth St
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Houston County Recorder
304 S. Marshall St
Caledonia, MN 55921
Hubbard County Recorder
Highway 6 & C R 58
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Isanti County Recorder
237 S W 2nd
Cambridge, MN 55008
Itasca County Recorder
123 N.E. 4th St
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Jackson County Recorder
405 4th St
Jackson, MN 56143
Kanabec County Recorder
18 North Vine St
Mora, MN 55051
Kandiyohi County Recorder
P.O. Box 736
Willmar, MN 56201
Kittson County Recorder
P.O. Box 639
Hallock, MN 56728
Koochiching County Recorder
715 4th St
Falls, MN 56649
Lac Qui Parle County Recorder
600 6th St
Madison, MN 56256
Lake County Recorder
601 3rd Ave
Two Harbors, MN 55616
Lake of The Woods County Recorder
P.O. Box 808
Baudette, MN 56623
Le Suer County Recorder
88 South Park Ave
Le Center, MN 56057
Lincoln County Recorder
319 N Rebecca St
Ivanhoe, MN 56142
Lyon County Recorder
607 West Main
Marshall, MN 56258
Mahnomen County Court Administration
County Courthouse
Mahnomen, MN 56557
Marshall County Recorder
208 E Colvin St
Warren, MN 56762
Martin County Recorder
P.O. Box 785
Fairmont, MN 56031
Mc Leod County Recorder
830 11th St East
Glencoe, MN 55336
Meeker County Recorder
325 North Sibley
Litchfield, MN 55355
Mille Lacs County Recorder
635 2nd St S.E.
Milaca, MN 56353
Morrison County Recorder
213 1st Ave, SE # 24
Little Falls, MN 56345
Mower County Recorder
201 First St N.E.
Austinn, MN 55912
Murray County License
2848 Broadway Ave
Slayton, MN 56172
Nicollet County Courthouse
501 South Minnesota Ave
St Peter, MN 56082
Nobles County Recorder
315 10th St
Worthington, MN 56187
Norman County Recorder
16 3rd Ave E
Ada, MN 56510
Olmsted County Recorder
151 4 St S.E.
Rochester, MN 55904
Otter Tail County County Recorder
1 Junius Ave
Fergus Falls, MN 56538
Pennington County Recorder
101 Main Ave N
Thief River Fall, MN 56701
Pine County Recorder
1 Main St, Courthouse
Pine City, MN 55063
Pipestone County Recorder
416 S Hiawatha Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164
Polk County Recorder
P.O. Box 397
Crookston, MN 56716
Pope County Recorder
P.O. Box 6
Glenwood, MN 56334
Ramsey County Recorder Center West #812
50 W Kellogg Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55102
Red Lake County Recorder
P.O. Box 3
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
Redwood County Recorder
Courthouse Square
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Renville County Recorder
500 East De Pue
Olivia, MN 56277
Rice County Recorder
218 N W 3rd St
Faribault, MN 55021
Rock County Recorder
204 E Brown St
Luverne, MN 56156
Roseaw County Recorder
216 Center St West
Roseau, MN 56751
Scott County Recorder
Courthouse #113
Shakopee, MN 55379
Sherburn County Recorder
327 King Ave
Elk River, MN 55330
Sibley County Recorder
P.O. Box 44
Gaylord, MN 55334
St Louis County Recorder
100 NW 5th Ave, Rm 101
Duluth, MN 55802
Stearns County Recorders Administration
Center-Rm 131
705 Courthouse Square
St Cloud, MN 56303
Steele County Recorder
630 Florence Ave
Owatonna, MN 55060
Stevens County Recorder
400 Colorado Ave
Morris, MN 56267
Swift County Recorder
301 14th St N
Benson, MN 56215
Todd County Recorder
215 First Ave South
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Traverse County Recorder
702 2nd Ave North
Wheaton, MN 56296
Wabasha County Recorder
625 Jefferson Ave
Wabasha, MN 55981
Wadena County Recorder
415 Jefferson St S
Wadena, MN 56482
Waseca County Recorder
307 N State St
Waseca, MN 56093
Washington County Recorder
14900 61st St North
Stillwater, MN 55082
Watonwan County Recorder
P.O. Box 518
St James, MN 56081
Wilkin County Recorder
300 5th St South
Breckenridge, MN 56520
Winona County Recorder
171 West 3rd
Winona, MN 55987
Wright County Recorder
10 N W Second St
Buffalo, MN 55313
Yellow Medicine County Recorder
415 9th Ave
Granite Falls, MN 56241