If you're getting married in the state of North Dakota 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 $35.00 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 North Dakota 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 60 days 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, 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. If you are under 16 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 you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota. 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota. 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 North Dakota.

Where to Go

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

North Dakota has 49 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
P.O. Box 469
Hettinger, ND 58639
Barnes County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 684
Valley City, ND 58072
Benson County Register of Deeds
311 B Ave South
Minnewaukan, ND 58351
Billings County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 138
Medora, ND 58645
Bottineau County Register of Deeds
314 West 5th St
Bottineau, ND 58318
Bowman County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 379
Bowman, ND 58623
Burke County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 219
Bowbells, ND 58721
Burleigh County Register of Deeds
221 N 5th St
Bismark, ND 58502
Cass County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 2806
Fargo, ND 58108
Cavalier County Register of Deeds
901 3rd St
Langdon, ND 58249
Dickey County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 148
Ellendale, ND 58436
Divide County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 68
Crosby, ND 58730
Dunn County Clerk of Courts
P.O. Box 106
Manning, ND 58642
Eddy County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 689
New Rockford, ND 58356
Emmons County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 905
Linton, ND 58552
Foster County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 257
Carrington, ND 58421
Golden Valley Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 596
Beach, ND 58621
Grand Forks County Clerk of Courts
P.O. Box 6
Grand Forks, ND 58206
Grant County Register of Deeds
Box 258
Carson, ND 58529
Griggs County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 237
Cooperstown, ND 58425
Hettinger County Register of Deeds Office
P.O. Box 668
Mott, ND 58646
LaMoure County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 156
La Moure, ND 58458
Mc Lean County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 219
Washburn, ND 58577
McHenry County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 57
Towner, ND 58788
McIntosh County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 179
Ashley, ND 58413
McKenzie County Clerk of Courts
P.O. Box 523
Watford City, ND 58854
Mercer County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 39
Stanton, ND 58571
Morton County District Court
Marriage License
210 2nd Ave N.W.
Mandan, ND 58554
Mountrail County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 69
Stanley, ND 58784
Nelson County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 565
Lakota, ND 58344
Oliver County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 125
Center, ND 58530
Pembina County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 147
Cavalier, ND 58220
Pierce County Register of Deeds
240 S.E. 2nd St
Rugby, ND 58368
Ramsey County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 863
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Ransom County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 666
Lisbon, ND 58054
Renville County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 68
Mohall, ND 58761
Richland County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 995
Wahpeton, ND 58074
Rolette County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 276
Rolla, ND 58367
Sargent County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 176
Forman, ND 58032
Slope County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box Jj
Amidon, ND 58620
Stark County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 130
Dickinson, ND 58601
Steele County Register of Deed
P.O. Box 296
Finley, ND 58230
Stutsman County Register of Deeds
511 2nd Ave S.E.
Jamestown, ND 58401
Towner County Register of Deeds
310 2nd St
Cando, ND 58324
Traill County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 399
Hillsboro, ND 58045
Walsh County Register of Deeds
600 Cooper Ave
Grafton, ND 58237
Ward County District Court-Marriage
315 3rd St South East
Minot, ND 58701
Wells County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 125
Fessenden, ND 58438
Williams County Register of Deeds
205 E Broadway
Williston, ND 58802