Idaho Marriage License Requirements
If you're getting married in the state of Idaho 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 $30.00 on weekdays only. Accepted forms of payment are cash or in-state check.
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 Idaho to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.
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.
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.
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.
Are blood tests and physical exams required?
No blood test or physical exam is required, although both parties must sign a premarital AIDS education brochure.
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 Idaho 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.
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 Idaho. 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 Idaho 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 Idaho. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law 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 Idaho.
Where to Go
Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?
Idaho has 44 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.
Boise, ID 83702
Council, ID 83612
Pocatello, ID 83205
Paris, ID 83261
St Maries, ID 83861
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Hailey, ID 83333
Idaho City, ID 83631
Sand Point, ID 83864
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Arco, ID 83213
Fairfield, ID 83327
Caldwell, ID 83605
Soda Springs, ID 83276
Burley, ID 83318
Dubois, ID 83423
Orofino, ID 83544
Challis, ID 83226
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Preston, ID 83263
Saint Anthony, ID 83445
Emmett, ID 83617
Gooding, ID 83330
Grangeville, ID 83530
Rigby, ID 83442
Burley, ID 83318
Coer D' Alene, ID 83814
Moscow, ID 83843
Salmon, ID 83467
Nezperce, ID 83543
Shoshone, ID 83352
Rexburg, ID 83440
Rupert, ID 83350
Lewiston, ID 83501
Malad City, ID 83252
Murphy, ID 83650
Payette, ID 83661
American Falls, ID 83211
Wallace, ID 83873
Driggs, ID 83422
Twin Falls, ID 83303
Cascade, ID 83611
Weiser, ID 83672