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?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and 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
Antelope County Clerk
501 Main St
Neligh, NE 68756
Box Butte County Clerk
5th And Box Butte St
Alliance, NE 69301
Brown County Clerk
148 West 4th St
Anisworth, NE 69210
Buffalo County Clerk Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 1270
Kearney, NE 68848
Burt County Clerk
P.O. Box 87
Tekamah, NE 68061
Butler County Clerk
P.O. Box 289
David City, NE 68632
Cass County Clerk
4th & Main Sts
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
Cedar County Clerk
P.O. Box 47
Hartington, NE 68739
Cheyenne County Clerk
P.O. Box 217
Sidney, NE 69162
Clay County Clerk
111 W Fairfield
Clay Center, NE 68933
Cuming County Clerk
P.O. Box 290
West Point, NE 68788
Custer County Register of Deeds
431 South 10th
Broken Bow, NE 68822
Dakota County Clerk
Dakota City, NE 68731
Dawes County Clerk
451 Main
Chadron, NE 69337
Dawson County Register of Deeds Office
700 N Washington
Lexington, NE 68850
Dixon County Clerk
P.O. Box 546
Ponca, NE 68770
Dodge County Clerk
435 N Park Ave
Fremont, NE 68025
Douglas County Register of Deeds
1819 Farnam, Suite H-09
Omaha, NE 68183
Dundy County Clerk
P.O. Box 506
Benkelman, NE 69021
Fillmore County Clerk
P.O. Box 307
Geneva, NE 68361
Franklin County Clerk
405 15th Ave
Franklin, NE 68939
Frontier County Clerk
1 Wellington St
Stockville, NE 69042
Furnas County Clerk
P.O. Box 387
Beaver, NE 68926
Gosper County Clerk
P.O. Box 136
Elwood, NE 68937
Hall County Register of Deeds
121 S. Pine
Grana Island, NE 68801
Hamilton County Clerk
11 13th St Suite 1
Aurora, NE 68681
Harlan County Clerk
P.O. Box L
Alma, NE 68920
Holt County Register of Deeds
N. 4th St
O'Neill, NE 68763
Jefferson County Clerk
411 4th St
Fairbury, NE 68352
Johnson County County Clerk
4th & Broadway
Tecumfeh, NE 68450
Kearney County Clerk Courthouse
P.O. Box 339
Minden, NE 68959
Kieth County Clerk
P.O. Box 149
Ogallala, NE 69153
Knox County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 166
Center, NE 68724
Lancaster County Register of Deeds
555 South 10th St
Lincoln, NE 68508
Lincoln County Register of Deeds
301 North Jeffers, Rm 103
North Platte, NE 69101
Madison County Clerk Register of Deeds
Madison County Courthouse
Madison, NE 68748
Mc Pherson County Clerk Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 122
Tryon, NE 69167
Merrick County Clerk
1621 18th St
Central City, NE 68826
Morrill County Clerk
P.O. Box 610
Bridgeport, NE 69336
Nance County Clerk
P.O. Box 338
Fullerton, NE 68638
Otoe County Clerk Register of Deeds
1021 Central Ave
Nebraska City, NE 68410
Pawnee County Clerk
625 6th St
Pawnee City, NE 68420
Perkins County Clerk
P.O. Box 156
Grant, NE 69140
Phelps County Clerk
P.O. Box 404
Holdrege, NE 68949
Pierce County Clerk
111 W Court Room 1
Pierce, NE 68767
Platte County Register of Deeds
Platte County Courthouse
Columbus, NE 68601
Polk County Clerk
P.O. Box 276
Osceola, NE 68651
Red Willow County Clerk
500 Norris Ave
Mc Cook, NE 69001
Rock County Clerk
P.O. Box 367
Bassett, NE 68714
Saline County Clerk
P.O. Box 865
Wilber, NE 68465
Sarpy County Register of Deeds
1301 South Washington
Papillion, NE 68046
Saunders County Clerk
P.O. Box 184
Wahoo, NE 68066
Scotts Bluff County Register of Deeds
1825 10th St
Gering, NE 69341
Seward County Clerk
P.O. Box 190
Seward, NE 68434
Sheridan County Clerk 301 East Second
County Courthouse
Rushville, NE 69360
Stanton County Register of Deeds
804 Ivy St
Stanton, NE 68779
Thayer County Clerk
P.O. Box 208
Hebron, NE 68370
Thomas County Clerk
P.O. Box 226
Thedford, NE 69166
Thurston County Clerk
106 S. 5th St
Pender, NE 68047
Washington County Clerk
1555 Coalfax St
Blair, NE 68008
Wayne County Clerk
P.O. Box 248
Wayne, NE 68787
Webster County Register of Deeds
621 North Cedar
Red Cloud, NE 68970
York County Clerk
510 Lincoln Ave
York, NE 68467