Minnesota Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in MN

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