Arkansas Marriage License

If you're getting married in Arkansas, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $55.00 to $60.00, and you'll have to use it within 60 days.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

Arkansas marriage licenses are issued on the county level, at the County Clerk Office, by the County Clerk.

Where can I use it once I get it?

Your marriage license can be used throughout the state, regardless of which County Clerk Office you get it from.

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

Costs

How much is a marriage license in Arkansas?

A marriage license costs approximately $55.00 to 60.00 USD. The cost can vary between each County Clerk Office, as each county is allowed to set its own price.

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

County Clerk Offices 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 are actually multiple wait times for different situations. We'll cover them all below.

18 years old and above

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

Females: 16 to 17 years old

Arkansas does have a five (5) day waiting period before getting a marriage license. Your license will be issued five days after your application is received by the County Clerk Office.

This wait time includes business days only; Saturdays and Sundays don't count.

Males: 17 years old

Same as above.

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 Arkansas marriage license will expire 60 days 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 $55.00-60.00 application fee, wherein you'll be given 60 more days.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

Whether you're a resident or non-resident of Arkansas, 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 Arkansas without parental consent.

16 to 17 years old

For females:

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.

You must obtain a court order from a Circuit Judge—in Arkansas—which will authorize the County Clerk to issue a marriage license.

If you are pregnant, or have given birth, you may be issued a marriage license, even without parental consent.

17 years old

For males:

Same as above.

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 County Clerk Office. They are as follows:

16 years old and above

Provide one of the following:

  • Driver's License
    • Issued by any U.S. state or territory
  • State-issued Identification
    • Issued by the state of Arkansas
  • Military Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Dependent Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Tribal Identification Card

Females: 16 to 17 years old

Provide all of the following:

  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy
    • Non-English document must be translated into English
  • Social Security Card
    • Issued by the SSA

Males: 17 years old

Provide all of the following:

  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy
    • Non-English document must be translated into English
  • Social Security Card
    • Issued by the SSA

Name Change

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

Undergoing a marriage-related name change in the state of Arkansas (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 AR DFA directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

No, Arkansas 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?

Arkansas 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.

Widowed

What if I'm currently a widow or widower?

You will not be asked to provide details (e.g., date, location, proof) of your prior spouse's death.

Solemnization

Who's allowed to marry me?

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

Clergymen

The following clergymen, whom are part of any church or congregation within the state of Arkansas, can preside over your marriage.

  • Minister
  • Priest
  • Quaker
  • Rabbi

Nonreligious officials

Finally, the following secular officiants can solemnize the rights of matrimonial contract.

  • Governor
    • Current
  • Mayor
    • Current or retired
  • Judge
    • Current or retired
  • District Judge
    • Current or retired
  • Municipal Judge
    • Retired
  • Quorum Court Official
    • Current
  • Supreme Court Justice
    • Retired
  • Justice of the Peace
    • Current or retired

Witnesses

Are witnesses required to attend my marriage ceremony?

Arkansas does not require witnesses attend your ceremony. This is a convenience, as most other states do require at least one or two witnesses be present.

Can (or should) I still have witnesses attend?

While you can still have one or more witnesses be present, they won't serve any official purpose or role (during or after the ceremony) in concert with the officiant.

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