If only getting married were as easy as saying “I do.” Unfortunately to make a marriage legal and binding, you’ll need to be issued a marriage license by the county in which you’re marrying. Usually that means a visit to the County Clerk several weeks before your wedding date in order to prove that neither of you are currently married and that you’re eligible to be legally married.
Visit the County Clerk’s website to review the guidelines for applying for and receiving a marriage license. While you’re reviewing the website, make sure you find answers to the following questions:
When should you apply for a marriage license?
What is the cost of applying for a marriage license?
What is the time frame after receiving your license in which you can get married?
Is there a wait to receive your license once you’ve applied?
Will you need to bring witnesses in order to apply for a license?
What documents must you bring to apply for a license?
What, if any, medical records are required?
Once you have the information you need, start collecting all of your relevant documents into a file folder so that the two of you will be ready to apply for your marriage license before the wedding day. A lot of counties will only issue the license a couple weeks before your wedding, so make a note in your calendar as to when you should apply.