Arizona Marriage Licenses

Search for Arizona marriage license rules and requirements. You can learn how to get a marriage license, a marriage certificate, or marriage records from your local Marriage License Office, Clerk, Health Department, or Town or City Hall.

About Marriage Licenses

Marriage License Application Requirements and Process:

1. Apply where: Justice Court or Clerk of the Superior Court

2. Minimum Age: 18, or 16 with parental consent. 15-year-olds can marry, with parental consent, birth certificates, and a court order.

3. Cost/fees: $76

4. Identification: driver's license, state-issued identification, passport, or military identification

5. Blood test / Physical Test: No

6. Residency Requirement: No

7. Witnesses: Yes

8. License Valid: 12 months

9. Waiting Period: No

10. Same-sex marriage: Yes

11. Marriage between cousins: Yes, if over 65

12. Divorce/Widow: Yes; no additional paperwork required

13. Proxy Marriage: No

14. Common Law Marriage: No

Questions/Answers about Arizona Marriage Licenses

What do you have to do to get married?

To get married in Arizona, both members of the couple must visit a county Justice Court office in person to apply for a marriage license. You will have to meet certain age requirements, provide photo ID and Social Security numbers, and pay the marriage license fee. Once you have received the marriage license, you must perform a marriage ceremony while the license is still valid. After the ceremony, your officiant and witnesses must sign the marriage certificate and the officiant will mail it to the issuing court. Make sure there are no errors before sending a completed marriage license to the state. The court will furnish a certified marriage certificate as proof of marriage.

How do I get a marriage license in Arizona?

You will need to apply for a marriage license in person at the nearest Justice Court office. Both members of the couple must present proof of legal age, a current valid proof of identification, such as a driver's license or passport, and pay the marriage license fee.

How much does it cost to get a marriage license in Arizona?

The marriage license fee across all Arizona counties is $76. A traditional marriage license can be converted into a covenant marriage license for an additional $27. A certified copy of a marriage license can be obtained for $34.50.

How old do you have to be to get married in Arizona?

You must reach the minimum age of 15 to get married in Arizona. Individuals who are under 18 are required to have parental or guardian consent, and 15-year-olds must also present a birth certificate and a court order.

Can you get married under 18 in Arizona?

Yes. Individuals who are between 16 and 18 can get married if they provide copies of a birth certificate and a letter of consent by the parents to get legally married. Individuals who are 15 can get married with parental consent, a birth certificate, and a court order.

Do you need a blood test to get married?

No. There is no legal requirement for a premarital blood test or physical exam in order to get married in Arizona.

Who can legally marry you in Arizona?

Weddings can only be performed in Arizona by officiants who are legally authorized to perform marriages in the state. Officiants are typically judges, government employees, or religious authorities.

Do you need a witness to get married?

Yes. In Arizona, two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present at the marriage ceremony. These witnesses must sign the marriage license, along with the officiant and the couple.

How long does it take to get a marriage license in Arizona?

There is no waiting period to receive a marriage license in Arizona. However, you must get married before your marriage license expires. The marriage license is valid for 12 months.

What can you do when your marriage license expires?

If your Alaska marriage license expires, you must apply for a new marriage license and repeat the application procedure. You will also be required to pay the fee again.

What if you or your spouse were previously married? Widowed or divorced?

In Arizona, there are no legal requirements to wait for a certain amount of time after the end of any previous marriages before legally remarrying. You are not required to submit a death certificate or a divorce decree to apply for a marriage license.

Can you get married by proxy?

No. Marriage by proxy is not permitted in Arizona.

Is same-sex marriage legal in Arizona?

Yes. Same-sex marriage is permitted in all Arizona counties.

Can you marry your cousin?

Yes, if both members of the couple are over 65. If one of the parties is under 65, he or she must submit proof of inability to reproduce in order to receive a marriage license.

Is Arizona a common law marriage state?

No. Common law marriages are not recognized in Arizona.

How do you change your name after getting married?

You will need to present your marriage certificate to several government entities, including the Arizona state or county government, the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to receive a new license, the Social Security Administration (SSA) to update your Social Security Card, the U.S. Department of State to receive a new passport, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Some government agencies may require a valid marriage certificate. You may also need to provide a marriage certificate to change your name on your insurance, bank accounts, utilities, and with other companies.