Shelby County Marriage Licenses

Search for Shelby County IA 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.


Shelby County Marriage License 1313 Industrial Parkway Harlan IA 51537 712-755-5640


Defiance City Hall 206 Main Avenue Defiance IA 51527 712-748-3431

Earling City Clerk Office 117 Main Street Earling IA 51530 712-747-2181

Elk Horn City Clerk 2027 Washington Street Elk Horn IA 51531 712-764-5514

Elk Horn Town Hall 4212 Main Street Elk Horn IA 51531 712-764-5512

Harlan City Hall 711 Durant Street Harlan IA 51537 712-755-5137

Irwin Town Hall 504 Ann Street Irwin IA 51446 712-782-3333

Shelby City Hall 419 East Street Shelby IA 51570 712-544-2404

Shelby County Clerk of Court 612 Court Street Harlan IA 51537 712-755-5543

Shelby County Health Department 1313 Industrial Parkway Harlan IA 51537 712-755-2609

About Marriage Licenses



Marriage License Application Requirements and Process:

1. Apply where: Country Registrar or Recorder's Office

2. Minimum Age: 18, or 16 with a court order

3. Cost/fees: $35

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, one for the license and two for the marriage ceremony

8. License Valid: Does not expire

9. Waiting Period: 3 days

10. Same-sex marriage: Yes

11. Marriage between cousins: No

12. Divorce/Widow: 60 days with a divorce decree or death certificate

13. Proxy Marriage: No

14. Common Law Marriage: Yes

Questions/Answers about Shelby County Marriage Licenses

What do you have to do to get married?

To get married in Iowa, both members of the couple must visit a County Registrar or Recorder's Office in person to fill out a marriage license application. If one member of the couple is unable to attend, the absent party can sign the application before a Notary Public. You will have to meet certain age requirements, provide photo identification, and pay a fee. You will also need to bring one witness who is over the age of 18 in order to receive a marriage license. There is a three day waiting period, and you must pick up the license within six months or it is no longer valid. Your officiant will fill out the marriage license and forward it to the Recorder's Office. A certified copy of the marriage certificate will be mailed to the couple.

How do I get a marriage license in Shelby County, Iowa?

You will need to visit the County Registrar or Recorder's Office, with a witness over the age of 18, to apply for a marriage license. Both members of the couple must prove their age, provide photo identification, and pay a fee.

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

A marriage license costs $35 in Iowa.

How old do you have to be to get married in Shelby County?

You must reach the minimum of 16 years of age to get married in Iowa. Individuals who are between 16 and 18 must have parental or guardian consent and a court order to get married.