Idaho Marriage License

If you're getting married in Idaho, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $28.00 to $31.00, plus you'll have an unlimited amount of time to use it, as it won't expire.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

Idaho marriage licenses are issued on the county level, at the County Recorder Office, by the County Recorder.

Where can I use it once I get it?

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

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

Costs

How much is a marriage license in Idaho?

A marriage license costs approximately $28.00 to 31.00 USD. The cost can vary between each County Recorder Office, as each county is allowed to set its own price.

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

County Recorder 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 is no waiting period to get an Idaho 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?

Surprisingly, Idaho marriage licenses do not expire after they've been handed out. Idaho's one of the few states that won't invalidate an unused marriage license after a certain period of time has passed.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

Whether you're a resident or non-resident of Idaho, 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 Idaho 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.

If your parent or guardian is unable to attend, then he/she must sign a notarized statement of consent.

15 years old and below

Same as above, plus:

You must obtain a court order from a Judge—in Idaho—which will authorize the County Recorder 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 County Recorder Office. They are as follows:

Provide one of the following:

  • Driver's License
    • Issued by any U.S. state or territory
  • State-issued Identification
  • Passport
    • Issued by any U.S. or foreign government body
  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy

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

If unavailable, provide the following:

  • Social Security Administration Written Verification
    • Issued by the SSA
    • The SSA must provide written verification that you do not have a Social Security Number

16 to 17 years old

Provide the following:

  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy

Name Change

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

Undergoing a marriage-related name change in the state of Idaho (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 ID DMV directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

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

You will be required to read an AIDS pamphlet.

Solemnization

Who's allowed to marry me?

Idaho 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 Idaho, can preside over your marriage.

  • Priest
  • Minister

Nonreligious officials

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

  • Supreme Court Justice
    • Current or retired
  • Appeals Court Judge
    • Current or retired
  • District Judge
    • Current or retired
  • District Court Magistrate
    • Current or retired
  • Governor
    • Current or retired
  • Lieutenant Governor
    • Current
  • Mayor
    • Current
  • Federal Judge
    • Current
  • Tribal Judge
    • Current

Witnesses

Are witnesses required to attend my marriage ceremony?

Idaho 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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