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 in the link below and each must present a government issued photo I.D. such as a driver’s license. You will 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 NOT available online or by mail. A copy of a divorce decree is not required. No blood test is required.
The fee for a marriage license, which is valid throughout Arizona, is $76.00 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. There may be some exceptions to this, so call to inquire about what form of payment is acceptable.
For a list of places where you can purchase an Arizona Marriage License, click here.
It is recommended that you also purchased one or more “Certified” copies of the marriage license ($27.50 each in Arizona) when you purchase your marriage license, to be sent to you after the license is filed by the Officiant with the Clerk of the Court. Some agencies require to see it but do not send it back so, ordering several “Certified” copies is recommended. If you order 2 or 3 certified marriage certificates you can begin to file multiple forms simultaneously and not have to wait for one to be returned before you file the next request to change your name.
Social Security requires it from a Bride who will be changing her name. It will be sent to you about 4 to 8 weeks (depending upon the month that you get married) after the County Court Clerk records it. Our busiest months for weddings – March, April & May and October, November & December – tend to have longer return times. Larry James will file the license the first business day after the wedding.
After the wedding, you will receive the top part of the marriage license for your records and you can begin to use it to change your name at some of the places listed here.
If you have a “passport” and your name will be 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. Any license purchased in any Arizona county may be used in any city in Arizona.
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.
Click here for information on “Arizona Covenant Marriage License Requirements.”
Our friends from the LGBT community can now get a marriage license in Arizona.
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.
To find out where to get a Marriage License in other states, click here.
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