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Where can I get a marriage license?
Oregon 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 Oregon. For instance, you can't get a marriage license from the neighboring state of Washington, then use it here—and vice versa.
How much is a marriage license in Oregon?
A marriage license costs approximately $50.00 to 67.75 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.
Even if you're still waiting to receive your license after submitting an application (see waiting periods), you will not be reimbursed after you've already paid.
Must we both be present when applying?
Both parties to the marriage must appear together when applying for a marriage license.
Is there a waiting period to get a marriage license?
Oregon does have a three (3) day waiting period before getting a marriage license. Your license will be issued three days after your application is received by the County Clerk 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.
When will my marriage license expire?
Your Oregon 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 $50.00-67.75 application fee, wherein you'll be given 60 more days.
What are the rules for residents and non-residents?
Whether you're a resident or non-resident of Oregon, 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.
How old must I be to get married?
You must be 18 years old (or above) to get married in Oregon without parental consent.
17 years old and below
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.
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:
Provide one 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
- Non-Driver Identification Card
- Issued by the state of Oregon
- Issued by the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicles
- Also referred to as a Driver's Identification Card or Non-Driver's License
- Issued by any U.S. or foreign 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
How do I go about changing my name due to marriage?
Undergoing a marriage-related name change in the state of Oregon (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 OR DMV directly.
Am I required to get a blood test?
No, Oregon does not require you, nor your partner, to get a blood test as a condition for getting a marriage license.
Who's allowed to marry me?
Oregon law recognizes several types of officiants who may legally officiate (i.e., preside over) your marriage. They are as follows:
The following clergymen, whom are part of any church or congregation within the state of Oregon, can preside over your marriage.
Finally, the following secular officiants can solemnize the rights of matrimonial contract.
- County Clerk
- Federal Judge
- Military Judge
- Oregon Judge
- Current or retired
- Justice of the Peace
Are witnesses required to attend my marriage ceremony?
Oregon statutes require at least two (2) witnesses be present at your marriage ceremony. Both witnesses must be at least 18 years old.
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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