Oklahoma Marriage License

If you're getting married in Oklahoma, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $50.00, and you'll have to use it within 10 days.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

Oklahoma marriage licenses are issued on the county level, at the Court Clerk's Office, by the Court Clerk.

Where can I use it once I get it?

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

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

Costs

How much is a marriage license in Oklahoma?

There are two different price points:

Price 1: Default cost

A marriage license costs exactly $50.00 USD. This price is established by state law and doesn't change no matter where you buy your license.

Price 2: Cost after taking a Premarital Counseling Course

If you're willing to undergo a Premarital Counseling Course that the state of Oklahoma recognizes, a marriage license costs exactly $5.00 USD. This is a savings of $45.00; a 90% markdown below the regular fee.

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

Court Clerk's 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 Oklahoma marriage license. You'll get your license the same day you apply for it.

17 years old and below

Oklahoma does have a 72 hour waiting period before getting a marriage license. Your license will be issued 72 hours after your application is received by the Court Clerk's Office.

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 Oklahoma marriage license will expire 10 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 $50.00 application fee, wherein you'll be given 10 more days.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

Whether you're a resident or non-resident of Oklahoma, 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 Oklahoma 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 Judge—in Oklahoma—which will authorize the Court Clerk 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 Court Clerk's Office. They are as follows:

Provide two of the following:

  • Driver's License
    • Issued by any U.S. state or territory
  • State-issued Identification
    • Issued by any U.S. state or territory
  • Passport
    • Issued by any U.S. state or territory
  • Permanent Resident Card
    • Issued by USCIS
    • Also referred to as an Alien Registration Card, Green Card, and Permanent Visa
  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy
    • Non-English document must be translated into English

If unavailable, provide two of the following:

  • Birth Certificate
    • This is a mandatory item
    • Original or certified copy
    • Issued by a foreign (non-U.S.) government body
    • Non-English document must be translated into English
  • Driver's License
    • Issued by a foreign (non-U.S.) government body
  • Passport
    • Issued by a foreign (non-U.S.) government body

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 Oklahoma (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 OK DPS directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

No, Oklahoma 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?

There are two sets of divorce requirements that may pertain to you:

Divorce rule 1

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

In Oklahoma, it is unlawful for any person to get married until six (6) months after the judgment of divorce is granted. If your divorce was finalized within the past six months, you must wait to apply for your marriage license until such time has passed.


Divorce rule 2

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

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

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 Court Clerk 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?

Oklahoma 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 Court Clerk's Office will need to solicit basic information regarding the death of your spouse.

Things you must bring

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

Solemnization

Who's allowed to marry me?

Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma, can preside over your marriage.

  • Minister
  • Pastor
  • Ordained Preacher
  • Authorized Preacher
  • Priest
  • Rabbi
  • Quaker
  • Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Ecclesiastical Dignitary

Nonreligious officials

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

  • Judge
    • Current or retired

Witnesses

Are witnesses required to attend my marriage ceremony?

Oklahoma statutes require at least two (2) witnesses be present at your marriage ceremony. Both witnesses must be at least 18 years old. They must be "competent" witnesses, meaning they understand what they're observing and appreciate the seriousness of the event.

Whomever officiates your marriage must log the contact information (typically name and address) and signature of each witness.

Note: The officiant does not count as a valid witness.

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