Utah Marriage License

If you're getting married in Utah, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $20.00 to $50.00, and you'll have to use it within 30 days.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

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

Costs

How much is a marriage license in Utah?

A marriage license costs approximately $20.00 to 50.00 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.

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 Utah 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 Utah marriage license will expire 30 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 $20.00-50.00 application fee, wherein you'll be given 30 more days.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

Whether you're a resident or non-resident of Utah, 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 Utah 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

You must obtain a court order from a Juvenile Court Judge—in Utah—which will authorize the County Clerk to issue a marriage license.

14 years old and below

A person who is 14 years old, or below, cannot be issued a marriage license and may not marry.

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 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
  • Passport
    • Issued by any U.S. or foreign government body
  • Military Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Dependent Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces

Provide one of the following:

  • Social Security Card
    • Issued by the SSA
  • W-2 Form
    • This verification document must contain your Social Security Number
  • Paycheck Stub
    • This verification document must contain your Social Security Number
  • Income Tax Return
    • This verification document must contain your Social Security Number
  • Bank Statement
    • This verification document must contain your Social Security Number

15 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 Utah (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 UT DMV directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

No, Utah 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 County Clerk when applying.

If your last divorce, annulment, or dissolution took place within the past 30 days, 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 County 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?

Utah 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.

Solemnization

Who's allowed to marry me?

Utah 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 Utah, can preside over your marriage.

  • Minister
  • Native American Spiritual Advisor
  • Rabbi
  • Priest

Nonreligious officials

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

  • County Clerk
    • Current
  • County Clerk Appointed Designee
    • Current
  • County Commissioner
    • Current
  • County Executive
    • Current
  • District Judge
    • Current
  • Governor
    • Current
  • Justice Court Judge
    • Current
  • Justice of the Peace
    • Current
  • Lieutenant Governor
    • Current
  • Magistrate Judge (Federal)
    • Current
  • Magistrate Judge (Utah)
    • Current or retired
  • Municipal Mayor
    • Current
  • President of the Senate
    • Current

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