Nevada Marriage License

If you're getting married in Nevada, you must first apply for a marriage license.
It'll cost you $60.00 to $77.00, and you'll have to use it within one year.

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Where to Apply

How can I get married in Nevada?

Before you can get married in Nevada, you must apply for a Nevada marriage license at any county clerk's office or authorized commercial wedding chapel.

What are the hours of operation for applying?

Applying in Las Vegas (Clark County) or Reno (Washoe County)?

Reno's and Las Vegas' main county clerk's office opens year-round between 8am and midnight.

Applying in another Nevada county?

Non-Reno/Vegas county clerk offices open weekdays at 8am or 9am and close at 5pm.

Applying in a wedding chapel?

Commercial wedding chapels may only issue marriage licenses to legal adults when the county clerk's office is closed.

Wedding Chapel

What is a commercial wedding chapel?

A commercial wedding chapel is a one-stop-shop to obtain a marriage license and marry on the premises.

Note: Clark County does not have marriage license issuing wedding chapels.

Do commercial wedding chapels have limitations?

Commercial wedding chapels only issue marriage licenses when their county clerk's office is closed, and only to legal adults marrying in the county.


Are there any residency requirements?

Your residency does not affect the marriage license process. Nevadans, nonresidents, and foreigners can apply.


How much is a marriage license?

A Nevada marriage license costs between $60 and $77. It varies by county.

Will I get a marriage certificate as well?

Some Nevada counties will mail you a certified copy of your marriage certificate after marriage as part of the marriage license fee. Inquire when applying.


Where can I use my marriage license?

If you acquire your marriage license from a commercial wedding chapel, you must marry in that county. Otherwise, you're free to marry anywhere in Nevada.

Can I get married using another state's marriage license?

You must use a Nevada-issued marriage license to lawfully marry in Nevada.


What information will I have to fill out?

The marriage license application/affidavit will ask for the following under oath:

  • Title (e.g., bride, groom, none)
  • Name
  • Current residence
    • City, state, and country
  • Date of birth
  • State or foreign county of birth
  • Social security number
    • Only if you have one
    • Collected for child support enforcement
  • Marital history
    • Total times married
    • How the last marriage ended
    • Date and place last divorced, annulled, or widowed
  • Father's name and birth place
  • Mother's full maiden name and birthplace
  • Phone number
  • Couple's mailing address
    • PO Box is acceptable
    • Where to mail your marriage certificate


What if I cannot apply in person?

If one of you is unable to apply in person, the county clerk may waive the nonappearance or refer the matter to a district court.

Age Requirements

How old do I have to be to get married?

Aged 18 and over?

If you're 18 years old or older, you can marry without parental consent.

Aged 16 and 17?

If you're 16 or 17 years old, a parent or legal guardian must consent to your marriage.

Aged 15 and under?

If you're 15 years old or younger, you can marry with permission from a Nevada district court and a parent's or guardian's consent.

What are the parental consent requirements?

What's the procedure for granting consent?

Consent to marry from a parent or guardian can be granted in person before the county clerk or with a notarized consent form supplied by the clerk's office.

Which parent must grant consent?

Either parent can grant consent to marriage. It does not have to be a custodial parent.

Waiting Period

When will I get my marriage license?

Your marriage license will be issued immediately. You can then marry without delay.


How long will my marriage license remain valid?

Your marriage license will expire one year after issuance.


Do I have to show ID?

Bring government-issued ID that verifies your name and age, such as a driver's license, state-issued ID card, military ID card, instruction permit, passport, or USCIS-issued certificate or residency card.

Note: If you clearly look older than 25, age verifying ID is not required.

Can I use my birth certificate as ID?

An original or certified copy of your birth certificate can be used as ID if supplemented by a document showing your name and photograph. Non-English certificates may require a certified and notarized translation.

Do I have to bring my social security card?

If you have a social security number, you do not need to bring your social security card or other document to verify it.

Must consenting parents and guardians bring ID?

Parents, bring ID and a certified copy of your child's birth certificate if surnames differ. Guardians, bring ID and guardianship papers.

Blood Test

Do I need to get a blood test?

You are not required to get a premarital blood test.


Will I have to show proof of divorce?

Although showing proof of divorce to get a marriage license is not required by law, county clerks are still allowed to ask for it.


Will I have to show proof of being widowed?

If widowed, some county clerks may ask to see a certified copy of your late spouse's death certificate.

Name Change

How do I change my name?

You can change your middle and/or last name with your marriage certificate. Name change forms are available to help transition to your married name.

Do I have to change my name?

Name change is optional, but if you intend to do so be sure to specify your choice on the marriage license application.

What are my last name change options?

You can change your last name to your partner's surname, either's birth surname, or hyphenated combination of current or birth surnames.

What are my middle name change options?

You can change your middle name to either's current or birth surname, or even hyphenate your middle name with either's current or birth surname.

Can women, men, and same-sex couples change their names?

The marriage name change allowances are universal for women, men, and same-sex couples.

Which documents should I update?

Start with your social security card, then driver's license, passport, and other governmental and nongovernmental credentials.


Are witnesses required at my marriage ceremony?

One to two witnesses must attend your marriage ceremony. Afterward, their names must be printed on the marriage license.

Who can serve as my witness?

Other than the officiant and yourself, anyone of any age can serve as your witness.

The Ceremony

Who can preside over my marriage?

Your marriage may be solemnized by a judge, justice, notary public, commissioner of civil marriages, or anyone authorized by a religious organization.

Can Indian tribes lawfully solemnize marriages?

Indian tribes can solemnize marriages between Indians according to their customs.

Can we preside over our own marriage without an officiant?

You cannot conduct a self-solemnized marriage ceremony where you and/or your future spouse play the role of officiant.

License Return

When must my marriage license be returned?

Your completed marriage license must be returned to the county recorder—not the county clerk—for recording within 10 days after the marriage ceremony.

Marriage Certificate

How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

You can buy a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the county recorder's office that recorded your marriage license.

How do I correct a mistake on my marriage certificate?

Submit an affidavit of correction to fix an error on your marriage certificate. If the mistake is your fault, there's a max $25 correction fee.

Proxy Marriage

Can I get married by proxy?

You cannot get married using a stand-in. You cannot get married by phone or video stream. You must be in physical attendance.

Prohibited Marriage

Can I marry a cousin or family member?

You cannot marry your first cousin. You cannot marry kin closer to you than a second cousin.

Can I get married to someone else if I'm still married?

Bigamy is illegal in Nevada, but exceptions are made if your prior spouse's whereabouts have been unknown for the past five years.

Common-law Marriage

Can I have a common-law marriage?

Nevada will only recognize common-law marriages established prior to March 29, 1943.

Vow Renewal

Can we legally renew our vows?

You may only legally remarry your spouse using a new marriage license if your marriage record has been lost or destroyed.

But I was told I can get a certificate of vow renewal?

Some county clerks may issue a certificate of vow renewal, but it has no legal weight. It is not the equivalent to a marriage license.

Office Locations

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  1. do you need to come in in person to obtain one? do both male and female need to get one or is it for both? also from the day you get one, how long is it good for?

    1. do you need to come in in person to obtain one?

      The county clerk has the authority to allow one applicant to apply. This doesn't mean they will. They may refuse or refer the matter to a district court judge. If you know one of you won't be able to attend, call ahead to make sure it'll be okay.

      do both male and female need to get one or is it for both?

      I'm not sure what you're asking here. Please clarify.

      also from the day you get one, how long is it good for?

      Your Nevada marriage license will expire after one year.

      1. I had the same question, do both the groom AND the bride have to fill out an application for a marriage license ?

        1. do both the groom AND the bride have to fill out an application for a marriage license

          If you're talking about applying in person, the county clerk has the authority to allow one applicant to apply on behalf of the other.

          There's no guarantee the clerk would agree to this. An unwilling clerk would then refer the matter to a district court to decide.

  2. hey my boyfriend is from Jamaica and we wanted to get married. He is here on a work/visit visa so he does not have a government ID.

    What are the documents we would need to bring in to be sufficient. He has a Jamaican passport. I am a American citizen and have all documents requested for already.

    1. Hi Andre. His foreign passport would work.

  3. I'm officiating my first wedding in Las Vegas. When the Groom handed me the packet from the Clerks office, there was the "Official License w/seal"; the Marriage Certificate and the Keepsake foil sealed certificate.

    On all three items there is no place for the bride and groom to sign, only me. In other states I typically have them sign the License prior to the wedding. Is that not the case in Las Vegas or am I missing a document?

    1. On all three items there is no place for the bride and groom to sign, only me.

      In Nevada, only the officiant signs the marriage license post-ceremony. Neither the couple nor witness(es) sign.

      In other states I typically have them sign the License prior to the wedding.

      In some states, the couple does sign, but not in Las Vegas or elsewhere in Nevada.

  4. Hi, my boyfriend is from Thailand and we would like to get married. I am an American, will he be granted a social security card and work permit along with our application for a marriage license?

    1. will he be granted a social security card and work permit along with our application for a marriage license?

      No, the county clerk's office only issues marriage licenses.

  5. Hi, my boyfriend is in washoe county jail. And is looking at some time. How would we go about getting married? And would he have to be there? Does the jail allow marriages at the jail?

    1. How would we go about getting married?

      To get married in prison, contact the warden. They'll make the arrangements in consultation with the chaplain.

      And would he have to be there?

      You'd both have to attend.

      Does the jail allow marriages at the jail?


  6. Can you get married with an expired ID and valid birth certificate?

    1. Hi Monteeze. That's up for the county clerk to decide. You should phone in advance to make sure that's acceptable. Keep in mind, some clerks won't need to see ID if you look older than 25.

  7. My other half is dying, and I need to know if there are any special arrangements I can make in the final moments of his life that would help us to be married at the hospital?

    1. Hi Michelle. You can get in touch with the hospital's chaplain office. If your loved one is unable to attend the making of the marriage license application, the county clerk should be willing to waive the need for their appearance.

  8. Does the signed marriage certificate have to be returned in person by the officiant or can we mail it? And if it needs to be brought in, can it be any day of the week? Thank you.

    1. Hi Natalie. The marriage certificate can be returned in person or by mail. It doesn't matter which day of the week it's returned.

  9. I refuse to marry but we applied for an application at clerks prior to separation. Are we not legally married? Never fallowed through with ceremony or officiant or returned filed any documents.

    1. Hi Brandon. You are not legally married since you never solemnized your marriage.

  10. My wife & I were married in Thailand, with the marriage certificate written in Thai. We had to use a certified interpreter write it in English for her to immigrate.

    It seems like it would be nice to have a US marriage license to avoid any complications. Can we marry again Nevada? She is now a legal citizen, we are married for 10 years.

    1. Can we marry again Nevada? She is now a legal citizen,

      Not in any legal context. At best you could apply for a "certificate of vow renewal," but that has no legal weight. Your Thai marriage certificate is a valid legal document. If you're concerned about future complications, you can pursue a certified translation and attach it to your original certificate.

  11. If we get the marriage license in Nevada, and the officiant is legal in Nevada. Can we do the ceremony in California? We're looking to elope, but it's significantly easier to get the license in Nevada (we live in Vegas), than in California, and our friend will be the officiant.

    1. Hi Abby. A Nevada marriage license is only good for use in Nevada.

      1. Ah, thanks! Looks like we'll do it here, before leaving for the beach.

    1. Hi Carmen. There is no minimum age requirement for marriage ceremony witnesses.

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