Arizona Marriage License

If you're getting married in Arizona, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $76.00, and you'll have to use it within one year.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

Unlike most other states, Arizona marriage licenses can be issued through several different establishments. You have two options:

Option 1: Superior Court

You can get a marriage license at the Superior Court. The Clerk of the Superior Court will issue your license.

Option 2: Justice Court

You can also get a marriage license at the Justice Court. The Justice of the Peace will issue your license.

Where can I use it once I get it?

Your marriage license can be used throughout the state, regardless of which Superior Court or Justice Court you get it from.

Your license is only valid within the borders of Arizona. For instance, you can't get a marriage license from the neighboring state of Nevada, then use it here—and vice versa.

Costs

How much is a marriage license in Arizona?

A marriage license costs exactly $76.00 USD. This price is established by state law and doesn't change no matter where you buy your license.

I've changed my mind; can I get my money back?

Superior Courts and Justice Courts will not issue refunds for unused marriage licenses.

Attendance

Must we both be present when applying?

Both parties to the marriage must appear together when applying for a marriage license.

Waiting periods

Is there a waiting period to get a marriage license?

There is no waiting period to get an Arizona marriage license. You'll get your license the same day you apply for it.

How soon can I get married after getting a license?

You can get married immediately after you receive your marriage license. There is no post-issuance waiting period to abide by before you can have your marriage ceremony.

Expiration dates

When will my marriage license expire?

Your Arizona marriage license will expire one (1) year after it's been issued. If you don't get married before time runs out, you'll have to start over and apply for a brand new license.

I need more time; can I get an extension on my license?

Extensions are not provided for expired (or near expiring) marriage licenses. If your license completely expires you must reapply and repay the same $76.00 application fee, wherein you'll be given one more year.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

Whether you're a resident or non-resident of Arizona, the rules are the same; you can apply for a marriage license anywhere in the state. You can then get married anywhere within the state.

Age requirements

How old must I be to get married?

You must be 18 years old (or above) to get married in Arizona without parental consent.

16 to 17 years old

You must obtain the consent of at least one parent or legal guardian. Even if one parent/guardian objects, you can still obtain a marriage license (over their objection) as long as the other provides consent.

15 years old and below

You must obtain a court order from a Juvenile Court Judge—in Arizona—which will authorize the Clerk of the Superior Court or Justice of the Peace to issue a marriage license.

Identification requirements

What forms of ID must I bring?

There are multiple types of identification to consider bringing when applying for a marriage license at your local Superior Court or Justice Court. They are as follows:

Provide one of the following:

  • Driver's License
  • State-issued Identification
  • Passport
  • Military Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Dependent Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces

Provide the following:

  • Social Security Number
    • Issued by the SSA
    • You don't need to bring you card; just know your number
    • It's understood that non-U.S. citizens are unlikely to have a SSN

16 to 17 years old

Provide one of the following:

  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy
  • Baptismal Record
    • Original or certified copy

Unacceptable documents (for the sake of clarity):

  • Matricula Consular Identification Card
    • Issued by the Government of Mexico
    • Issued by the U.S. Department of State

Name Change

How do I go about changing my name due to marriage?

Undergoing a marriage-related name change in the state of Arizona (or any other state) involves notifying various government and non-government institutions. You'll typically start with updating your Social Security Card, driver's license, passport, and other federal/state/non-governmental institutions.

Keep in mind, your name does not automatically and legally change just because you get married or obtain a marriage license or marriage certificate; you must go through the steps of updating your identification documents, whether it's through an online name change service, or contacting the SSA, State Dept. and AZ DOT directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

No, Arizona does not require you, nor your partner, to get a blood test as a condition for getting a marriage license.

Divorced

What if I've been previously divorced?

You are not required to provide any documentation, dates, or knowledge of any previous marriage, annulment, or dissolution. Having said that, if you are divorced, it must be final (or absolute).

What if I'm separated from my spouse, but not yet divorced?

Arizona law forbids a marriage license be granted to anyone who is currently married or separated from their spouse. You must have your divorce finalized, or marriage annulled, before getting married again.

Solemnization

Who's allowed to marry me?

Arizona law recognizes several types of officiants who may legally officiate (i.e., preside over) your marriage. They are as follows:

Religious officiants

  • Minister

Nonreligious officiants

  • Justice of the Peace
  • Judge
  • Magistrate

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