North Dakota Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in ND

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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or 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

701-567-2460

Barnes County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 684
Valley City, ND 58072

701-845-8506

Benson County , Register Of Deeds

311 B Ave South
Minnewaukan, ND 58351

701-473-5332

Billings County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 138
Medora, ND 58645

701-623-4491

Bottineau County , Register Of Deeds

314 West 5th St
Bottineau, ND 58318

701-228-2786

Bowman County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 379
Bowman, ND 58623

701-523-3450

Burke County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 219
Bowbells, ND 58721

701-377-2818

Burleigh County , Register Of Deeds

221 N 5th St
Bismark, ND 58502

701-222-6749

Cass County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 2806
Fargo, ND 58108

701-241-5620

Cavalier County , Register Of Deeds

901 3rd St
Langdon, ND 58249

701-256-2136

Dickey County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 148
Ellendale, ND 58436

701-349-3029

Divide County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 68
Crosby, ND 58730

701-965-6661

Dunn County , Clerk of Courts

P.O. Box 106
Manning, ND 58642

701-573-4447

Eddy County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 689
New Rockford, ND 58356

701-947-2813

Emmons County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 905
Linton, ND 58552

701-254-4812

Foster County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 257
Carrington, ND 58421

701-652-2491

Golden Valley , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 596
Beach, ND 58621

701-872-4352

Grand Forks County , Clerk of Courts

P.O. Box 6
Grand Forks, ND 58206

701-780-8251

Grant County , Register Of Deeds

Box 258
Carson, ND 58529

701-622-3544

Griggs County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 237
Cooperstown, ND 58425

701-797-2771

Hettinger County , Register Of Deeds Office

P.O. Box 668
Mott, ND 58646

701-824-2545

LaMoure County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 156
La Moure, ND 58458

701-883-5301

Mc Lean County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 219
Washburn, ND 58577

701-462-8541

McHenry County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 57
Towner, ND 58788

701-537-5634

McIntosh County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 179
Ashley, ND 58413

701-288-3589

McKenzie County , Clerk of Courts

P.O. Box 523
Watford City, ND 58854

701-842-3452

Mercer County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 39
Stanton, ND 58571

701-745-3272

Morton County , District Court
Marriage License

210 2nd Ave N.W.
Mandan, ND 58554

701-667-3355

Mountrail County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 69
Stanley, ND 58784

701-628-2945

Nelson County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 565
Lakota, ND 58344

701-247-2433

Oliver County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 125
Center, ND 58530

701-794-8777

Pembina County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 147
Cavalier, ND 58220

701-265-4373

Pierce County , Register Of Deeds

240 S.E. 2nd St
Rugby, ND 58368

701-776-5206

Ramsey County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 863
Devils Lake, ND 58301

701-662-7018

Ransom County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 666
Lisbon, ND 58054

701-683-5823

Renville County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 68
Mohall, ND 58761

701-756-6398

Richland County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 995
Wahpeton, ND 58074

701-642-7800

Rolette County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 276
Rolla, ND 58367

701-477-3166

Sargent County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 176
Forman, ND 58032

701-724-6241

Slope County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box Jj
Amidon, ND 58620

701-879-6275

Stark County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 130
Dickinson, ND 58601

701-264-7645

Steele County , Register Of Deed

P.O. Box 296
Finley, ND 58230

701-524-2152

Stutsman County , Register Of Deeds

511 2nd Ave S.E.
Jamestown, ND 58401

701-252-9034

Towner County , Register Of Deeds

310 2nd St
Cando, ND 58324

701-968-4343

Traill County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 399
Hillsboro, ND 58045

701-436-4457

Walsh County , Register Of Deeds

600 Cooper Ave
Grafton, ND 58237

701-352-2380

Ward County , District Court-Marriage

315 3rd St South East
Minot, ND 58701

701-857-6410

Wells County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 125
Fessenden, ND 58438

701-547-3141

Williams County , Register Of Deeds

205 E Broadway
Williston, ND 58802

701-572-1729