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.

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 Idaho 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 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.

Blood Test

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Ada County Recorder
650 Main St
Boise, ID 83702
Adams County Clerk
P.O. Box 48
Council, ID 83612
Bannock County Recorder
624 East Center, Room 211
Pocatello, ID 83205
Bear Lake County Recorder
P.O. Box 190
Paris, ID 83261
Benewah County Clerk
St Maries, ID 83861
Bingham County Clerk
501 North Maple St
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Blaine County Recorder
206 1st Ave. S., Ste. 200
Hailey, ID 83333
Boise County Recorder
P.O. Box 157
Idaho City, ID 83631
Bonner County Recorder
1500 Hwy 2, Suite 335
Sand Point, ID 83864
Bonneville County Clerk Recorder
605 North Capital Ave
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Boundary County Recorder 315 Kootenai St
P.O. Box 419
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Butte County Clerk
P.O. Box 737
Arco, ID 83213
Camas County Clerk
P.O. Box 430
Fairfield, ID 83327
Canyon County Recorder
1115 Albany St
Caldwell, ID 83605
Caribou County Clerk
P.O. Box 775
Soda Springs, ID 83276
Cassia County Recorder Cassia County Courthouse
1459 Overland Ave, # 105
Burley, ID 83318
Clark County Clerk
P.O. Box 205
Dubois, ID 83423
Clearwater County Recorder
P.O. Box 586
Orofino, ID 83544
Custer County Clerk
P.O. Box 385
Challis, ID 83226
Elmore County Recorder
150 South 4th East
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Franklin County Recorder
39 West Oneida
Preston, ID 83263
Fremont County Clerk
151 W 1st N.
Saint Anthony, ID 83445
Gem County Recorder
415 E Main St
Emmett, ID 83617
Gooding County Clerk
P.O. Box 417
Gooding, ID 83330
Idaho County Recorder
Idaho County Courthouse, Rm 5
Grangeville, ID 83530
Jefferson County Clerk
134 North Clark
Rigby, ID 83442
Jerome County Recorder
P.O. Box 407
Burley, ID 83318
Kootenai County Recorder
501 Government Way
Coer D' Alene, ID 83814
Latah County Clerk 522 South Adams
P.O. Box 8068
Moscow, ID 83843
Lemhi County Clerk
206 Courthouse Drive
Salmon, ID 83467
Lewis County Clerk
P.O. Box 39
Nezperce, ID 83543
Lincoln County Clerk
111 W B St
Shoshone, ID 83352
Madison County Recorder
159 East Main
Rexburg, ID 83440
Minidoka County Recorder
P.O. Box 474
Rupert, ID 83350
Nez Perce County Recorder
P.O. Box 896
Lewiston, ID 83501
Oneida County Clerk
10 Court St
Malad City, ID 83252
Owyhee County Clerk
P.O. Box 128
Murphy, ID 83650
Payette County Recorder
1130 3rd Ave North
Payette, ID 83661
Power County Clerk
543 Bannock
American Falls, ID 83211
Shoshone County Clerk
P.O. Box 1049
Wallace, ID 83873
Teton County Recorder
89 North Main
Driggs, ID 83422
Twin Falls County Recorder
P.O. Box 126
Twin Falls, ID 83303
Valley County Recorder
219 North Main
Cascade, ID 83611
Washington County Clerk
P.O. Box 670
Weiser, ID 83672