Indiana Marriage License

If you're getting married in Indiana, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $18.00 to $62.00 (based on residency), and you'll have to use it within 60 days.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

Indiana marriage licenses are issued on the county level, at the Circuit Court, by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Where can I use it once I get it?

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

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

Costs

How much is a marriage license in Indiana?

There are two different price points:

Price 1: For residents

For residents of Indiana, a marriage license costs approximately $18.00 to 20.00 USD. The cost can vary between each Circuit Court, as each county is allowed to set its own price.

Price 2: For non-residents

For those who are not residents of Indiana, a marriage license costs approximately $60.00 to 62.00 USD.

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

Circuit 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 Indiana 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 Indiana 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 $18.00 or 62.00 (for non-residents) application fee, wherein you'll be given 60 more days.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

There are multiple residency rules, only of which some may apply to you. They are as follows.

Residency rule 1

If one of you is a resident of Indiana, you must apply for a marriage license in the county of residence. Your marriage ceremony must take place in the county of residence.

Residency rule 2

If neither of you are residents of Indiana, you must apply for a marriage license in the county where the marriage will take place. Your marriage ceremony must be held in the same county where you applied for your marriage license.

Age requirements

How old must I be to get married?

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

17 years old

You must obtain the consent of both parents or legal guardians. It's not sufficient if only one parent/guardian acquiesces—both must agree.

16 years old and below

You must obtain a court order from a Judge—in Indiana—which will authorize the Clerk of the Circuit Court 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 Circuit Court. They are as follows:

Provide one of the following:

  • Driver's License
  • State-issued Identification
    • Issued by the state of Indiana
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy
    • Non-English document must be translated into English
    • Non-English document must be notarized
  • Baptismal Record
    • Original or certified copy
    • Non-English document must be translated into English
    • Non-English document must be notarized
    • Must show your date of birth
  • Military Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Dependent Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Discharge Papers
    • Also referred to as DD Form 214, Certificate of Release, and Discharge from Active Duty
  • School Transcript
    • Must show your date of birth

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

Name Change

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

Undergoing a marriage-related name change in the state of Indiana (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 IN BMV directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

No, Indiana 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?

If you've been previously divorced, or have had an annulment or dissolution, there are extra bits of information that you must provide the Clerk of the Circuit Court when applying.

For all previous divorces, annulments, and dissolutions, provide the following:

Things you must know

You must know the date your divorce, annulment, or dissolution took place. You must know where your divorce was finalized; this is the location (city/town, state or country) where your divorce papers were filed.

Things you must bring

You will need to provide a copy of your divorce decree (aka divorce certificate). It must be an original or certified copy—not a photocopy. The Clerk of the Circuit Court will not keep your certificate; it just needs to be examined for authenticity, and to confirm your previous marriage is over.

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

Indiana 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?

If your previous marriage left you as a widow or widower, the Circuit Court will need to solicit basic information regarding the death of your spouse.

Things you must know

You must be able to specify the date your spouse died. You must specify where the death took place.

Things you must bring

You must bring the original or certified copy of the death certificate for review. The Clerk of the Circuit Court will hand the death certificate back to you once it's been looked over.

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