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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Marriage License Guide for Greater Phoenix

To get a marriage license in the Greater Phoenix area, specifically Maricopa County, an engaged couple must appear in person together at one of the Justice Court offices listed below and each must present a photo ID. You may be required to provide a driver’s license as proof of age. You must appear in person to obtain a marriage license in Maricopa County. Marriage licenses are usually not available online.

The fee for a marriage license, which is valid throughout Arizona, is $72.00 payable by cash or check with a driver’s license or bank guarantee card or credit card. If you are purchasing a license at the Justice Courts, they accept checks, money orders, or cashiers checks. No cash or credit cards are accepted.

A copy of a divorce decree is not required. No blood test is required.

It is recommended that you also purchased one or more “Certified” copies of the marriage license (about $26.00 each) to be sent to you after the license is filed by the Officiant with the Clerk of the Court.

Social Security requires it from a Bride who will be changing her name. It will be sent to you about 6 to 8 weeks (it could be less depending upon which month you get married) after the County Court Clerk records it. Larry James will file the license the first business day after the wedding. For directions to the North Phoenix Social Security Card Center, click here.

If you have a “passport” and your name will be or has been legally changed due to marriage, you will need a certified copy of your marriage license to submit along with one or more official forms to have your name changed on your passport. For more information and links to download the forms you will need, click here.

You will receive your marriage license and can be married on the same day you apply for it. An unused marriage license expires one year from the date of purchase.

If you are under the age of 18, you must either have a notarized parental consent form or have your parents accompany you, present the proper identification, and sign the parental consent form in front of the clerk issuing your license.

If you are age 16 – 17 identification and one of the following documents showing proof of age is needed: a) certified copy of birth certificate; b) current driver’s license; c) state or military I.D. card; or d) current passport

If you are age 15 or under, you must also have a court order. To obtain a court order you must contact Conciliation Court at: 602-506-3296.

Most Justice Court offices are open until 5:00 p.m. MST, however you are encouraged to arrive by 4 p.m. to complete the paperwork.

Click here for information on “Arizona Covenant Marriage License Requirements.”

Because days, times and fees are subject to change without notice, you are encouraged to call to verify days and times of office hours and form of acceptable payment before you go.

For a list of all of the places in the Greater Phoenix area where you can get a Marriage License, click here. For information in all other states, click here.

Also read: “Getting Married in Arizona? Here’s the Latest Scoop!

Copyright © 2009 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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