District of Columbia Marriage Licenses

Search for District of Columbia DC 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.


Columbia Health Department 825 North Capitol Street Northeast Washington DC 20002 202-671-5000


District Of Columbia Clerk 430 E Street Northwest Washington DC 20001 360-577-3016

Washington City Hall 950 24th Street Northwest Washington DC 20052

Washington Health Department 899 North Capitol Street Northeast Washington DC 20002 202-442-5955

About Marriage Licenses



Marriage License Application Requirements and Process:

1. Apply where: Marriage Bureau at the District of Columbia Courts

2. Minimum Age: 18, or 16 with parental consent

3. Cost/fees: $45

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

5. Blood test / Physical Test: No

6. Residency Requirement: No

7. Witnesses: No

8. License Valid: Does not expire

9. Waiting Period: No

10. Same-sex marriage: Yes

11. Marriage between cousins: Yes

12. Divorce/Widow: Yes, with disclosure of prior marriages

13. Proxy Marriage: No

14. Common Law Marriage: Yes

Questions/Answers about District of Columbia Marriage Licenses

What do you have to do to get married?

To get married in the District of Columbia, at least one member of the couple or a designated representative must visit the Marriage Bureau at the District of Columbia Courts to fill out a marriage license application. Both members of the couple must meet certain age requirements, provide photo identification, and pay a fee. Once the application is complete, the marriage license is issued the same day. Your officiant will fill out the marriage license and submit it to the required government authorities. A certified marriage certificate will be provided once the marriage is officially recorded.

How do I get a marriage license in District of Columbia ?

Either a member of the couple or a chosen representative must complete the application at the Marriage Bureau Office. Both members of the couple must meet the age requirement, present a valid photo identification, and pay a fee.

How much does it cost to get a marriage license in the District of Columbia?

The marriage license fee in the District of Columbia is $45. This cost also includes a certified marriage certificate once the ceremony has occurred.

How old do you have to be to get married in District of Columbia ?

You must reach the minimum age of 16 to get married in D.C. Individuals who are between 16 and 18 must have parental or guardian consent to get married.