Montana Marriage License Requirements

If you're getting married in the state of Montana 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 $30.25 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 Montana 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 6 months 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, one parent or legal guardian 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. The couple must attend two counseling courses that are 10 days apart. The district court judge will decide to issue a license based on the opinion of the counselor. If you are under 16 you can not marry.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

Yes, the bride is required to take a blood test for rubella (German measles) prior to receiving a license. The blood test must be analyzed by a state certified laboratory and recorded on a state form. This form can be obtained from the physician, clinic, or the Office of the Town Clerk. Test results become invalid after 30 days.

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 Montana 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?

Yes. Montana is one of only five states that does allow marriage by proxy to be legally performed.

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 Montana marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

Yes, common-law marriages are allowed in Montana. The fact that it is a viable option in this state is notable considering common law marriage is not available in four-fifths of the country.

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 Montana.

Where to Go

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

Montana has 48 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.

Big Horn County District Court Clerk
121 West 3rd St
Harden, MT 59034
Blaine County District Court Clerk
400 Ohio St
Chinook, MT 59523
Broadwater County District Court Clerk
515 Broadway St
Townsend, MT 59644
Carbon County District Court Clerk
102 N Broadway
Red Lodge, MT 59008
Cascade County District Court Clerk
415 N 2nd Ave
Great Falls, MT 59403
Chouteau County District Court Clerk
1308 Franklin St
Fort Benton, MT 59442
Custer County District Court Clerk
1010 Main St
Miles City, MT 59301
Dawson County District Court Clerk
207 West Bell
Glendive, MT 59330
Deer Lodge County District Court Clerk
800 South Main
Anaconda, MT 59711
Fallon County Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 846
Baker, MT 59313
Flathead County District Court Clerk
800 South Main
Kalispell, MT 59901
Gallatin County Clerk Of Court
311 West Main Room 204
Bozeman, MT 59715
Garfield County Clerk Of Court
Highway 200
Jordan, MT 59337
Glacier County District Court Clerk
512 E Main
Cut Bank, MT 95427
Golden Valley County Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 10
Ryegate, MT 59074
Granite County Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box B
Philipsburg, MT 59858
Hill County Courthouse
315 Fourth St
Havre, MT 59501
Jefferson County District Court
Centennial Ave
Boulder, MT 59632
Lake County District Court Clerk
106 4th Ave East
Polson, MT 59860
Lewis and Clark County District Court
228 E Broadway St
Helena, MT 59624
Liberty County Clerk Of Court
111 1st St E
Chester, MT 59522
Lincoln County District Court Clerk
512 California Ave
Libby, MT 59923
Madison County District Court
110 East Wallace
Virginia City, MT 59755
Meagher County Clerk Of Court
15 West Main
Whitesulpher Springs, MT 59645
Mineral County Clerk-District
300 River St
Superior, MT 59872
Missoula County Clerk Of District Court
200 West Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Musselshell County District Court Clerk
506 Main St
Round Up, MT 59072
Park County Clerk District Court
414 E Callender St
Livingston, MT 59047
Phillips County Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 530
Malta, MT 59538
Pondera County District Court
20 4th Ave SW
Conrad, MT 59425
Powder River County Clerk Of Court
1 Main St
Broadus, MT 59317
Powell County Clerk Of Court
409 Missouri Ave
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Prairie County Clerk Of Court
125 Clerk & Recorder
Terry, MT 59349
Ravalli County Clerk-District
205 Bedford St
Hamilton, MT 59840
Richland County District Court Clerk
201 West Main
Sidney, MT 59270
Roosevelt County District Court Clerk
400 2nd Ave South
Wolf Point, MT 59201
Rosebud County Clerk Of District Court
P.O. Box 47
Forsyth, MT 59327
Sanders County Clerk Of Court
1111 Main St
Thompson Falls, MT 59873
Sheridan County Clerk Of Court
100 West Laurel Ave
Plentywood, MT 59254
Silver Bow County District Clerk
155 W Granite St
Butte, MT 59701
Stillwater Cnty 0 Court Clerk
400 3rd Ave N.
Columbus, MT 59019
Sweet Grass County Clerk-Court
P.O. Box 460
Bigtimber, MT 59011
Teton County Clerk-Dist Court
P.O. Box 610
Chotaeu, MT 59422
Toole County Clerk Of Court
226 1st St South
Shelby, MT 59474
Treasurer County Clerk Of Court
P.O. Box 392
Hysham, MT 59038
Valley County District Court
P.O. Box 311
Glasgow, MT 59230
Wheatland County Court Clerk
Highway 12 & "A" Ave N W
Harlowton, MT 59036
Yellowstone County Clerk Of Court<BR>Marriage Lcns
Cor. 3rd & 27th St
Billings, MT 59107