Nebraska Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in NE

If you're getting married in the state of Nebraska 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 $15.00 dollars. Accepted forms of payment are cash or local check.

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 Nebraska 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 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 1 year 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 19 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 19?

If either partner is under 19, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 17 you can not marry.

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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska. 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska. 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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or legally recognized in Nebraska.

Where to Go

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

Nebraska has 64 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 , Register Of Deeds

4th And Denver
Hastings, NE 68902

402-461-7107

Antelope County Clerk

501 Main St
Neligh, NE 68756

402-887-4410

Box Butte County Clerk

5th And Box Butte St
Alliance, NE 69301

308-762-6565

Brown County Clerk

148 West 4th St
Anisworth, NE 69210

402-387-2705

Buffalo County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848

308-236-1226

Burt County Clerk

P.O. Box 87
Tekamah, NE 68061

402-374-1955

Butler County Clerk

P.O. Box 289
David City, NE 68632

402-367-7430

Cass County Clerk

4th & Main Sts
Plattsmouth, NE 68048

402-296-9300

Cedar County Clerk

P.O. Box 47
Hartington, NE 68739

402-254-7411

Cheyenne County Clerk

P.O. Box 217
Sidney, NE 69162

308-254-2141

Clay County Clerk

111 W Fairfield
Clay Center, NE 68933

402-762-3463

Cuming County Clerk

P.O. Box 290
West Point, NE 68788

402-372-6002

Custer County , Register Of Deeds

431 South 10th
Broken Bow, NE 68822

308-872-5701

Dakota County Clerk

Courthouse
Dakota City, NE 68731

402-987-2126

Dawes County Clerk

451 Main
Chadron, NE 69337

308-432-0100

Dawson County , Register Of Deeds Office

700 N Washington
Lexington, NE 68850

308-324-2127

Dixon County Clerk

P.O. Box 546
Ponca, NE 68770

402-755-2208

Dodge County Clerk

435 N Park Ave
Fremont, NE 68025

402-727-2767

Douglas County , Register Of Deeds

1819 Farnam, Suite H-09
Omaha, NE 68183

402-444-7143

Dundy County Clerk

P.O. Box 506
Benkelman, NE 69021

308-423-2058

Fillmore County Clerk

P.O. Box 307
Geneva, NE 68361

402-759-4931

Franklin County Clerk

405 15th Ave
Franklin, NE 68939

308-425-6202

Frontier County Clerk

1 Wellington St
Stockville, NE 69042

308-367-8641

Furnas County Clerk

P.O. Box 387
Beaver, NE 68926

308-268-4145

Gosper County Clerk

P.O. Box 136
Elwood, NE 68937

308-785-2611

Hall County , Register Of Deeds

121 S. Pine
Grana Island, NE 68801

308-381-5080

Hamilton County Clerk

11 13th St Suite 1
Aurora, NE 68681

402-694-3443

Harlan County Clerk

P.O. Box L
Alma, NE 68920

308-928-2173

Holt County , Register Of Deeds

N. 4th St
O'Neill, NE 68763

402-336-1762

Jefferson County Clerk

411 4th St
Fairbury, NE 68352

402-729-2323

Johnson County , County Clerk

4th & Broadway
Tecumfeh, NE 68450

402-335-3246

Kearney County Clerk , Courthouse

P.O. Box 339
Minden, NE 68959

308-832-2723

Kieth County Clerk

P.O. Box 149
Ogallala, NE 69153

308-284-4726

Knox County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 166
Center, NE 68724

402-288-4282

Lancaster County , Register Of Deeds

555 South 10th St
Lincoln, NE 68508

402-471-7481

Lincoln County , Register Of Deeds

301 North Jeffers, Rm 103
North Platte, NE 69101

308-534-4350

Madison County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

Madison County Courthouse
Madison, NE 68748

402-454-3311

Mc Pherson County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 122
Tryon, NE 69167

308-587-2363

Merrick County Clerk

1621 18th St
Central City, NE 68826

308-946-2881

Morrill County Clerk

P.O. Box 610
Bridgeport, NE 69336

308-262-0860

Nance County Clerk

P.O. Box 338
Fullerton, NE 68638

308-536-2331

Otoe County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

1021 Central Ave
Nebraska City, NE 68410

402-873-9505

Pawnee County Clerk

625 6th St
Pawnee City, NE 68420

402-852-2962

Perkins County Clerk

P.O. Box 156
Grant, NE 69140

308-352-4643

Phelps County Clerk

P.O. Box 404
Holdrege, NE 68949

308-995-4469

Pierce County Clerk

111 W Court Room 1
Pierce, NE 68767

402-329-4225

Platte County , Register Of Deeds

Platte County Courthouse
Columbus, NE 68601

402-564-4904

Polk County Clerk

P.O. Box 276
Osceola, NE 68651

402-747-5431

Red Willow County Clerk

500 Norris Ave
Mc Cook, NE 69001

308-345-1552

Rock County Clerk

P.O. Box 367
Bassett, NE 68714

402-684-3933

Saline County Clerk

P.O. Box 865
Wilber, NE 68465

402-821-2374

Sarpy County , Register Of Deeds

1301 South Washington
Papillion, NE 68046

402-593-2105

Saunders County Clerk

P.O. Box 184
Wahoo, NE 68066

402-443-8101

Scotts Bluff County , Register Of Deeds

1825 10th St
Gering, NE 69341

308-436-6600

Seward County Clerk

P.O. Box 190
Seward, NE 68434

402-643-2883

Sheridan County Clerk , 301 East Second

County Courthouse
Rushville, NE 69360

308-327-2633

Stanton County , Register Of Deeds

804 Ivy St
Stanton, NE 68779

402-439-2222

Thayer County Clerk

P.O. Box 208
Hebron, NE 68370

402-768-6126

Thomas County Clerk

P.O. Box 226
Thedford, NE 69166

308-645-2261

Thurston County Clerk

106 S. 5th St
Pender, NE 68047

402-385-2343

Washington County Clerk

1555 Coalfax St
Blair, NE 68008

402-426-6822

Wayne County Clerk

P.O. Box 248
Wayne, NE 68787

402-375-2288

Webster County , Register Of Deeds

621 North Cedar
Red Cloud, NE 68970

402-746-2716

York County Clerk

510 Lincoln Ave
York, NE 68467

402-362-7759