Today’s Tip: How To Get?A Marriage License
WOOHOO! He proposed! Congratulations on your engagement!! This is an exciting time but now comes all the wedding planning and you want to make sure you don’t forget any important details for your day. It seems a lot of people can forget that the wedding is a prelude to the marriage! And what allows you to validate your wedding is the marriage license. Once you get married you receive a marriage certificate. These are 2 different things, the difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate?the marriage license comes first – you need it in order to have the wedding happen, once the?marriage ceremony is done, you get the certificate proving you are married.?So you need to make sure you have this on your list of things to do.
A few things to know before the steps. One – a marriage license is valid nation/statewide when between a man and a woman. For gay/lesbian marriages you can obtain a valid marriage license -recognized only in the states that have no ban it?which are currently: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington D.C. Another important note is that you don’t have to be a resident of the state to obtain a marriage license in that state. Meaning if you don’t live in CT you can still obtain a marriage license in CT. Since 2003 blood tests are no longer mandatory. It used to be required as a measure of precaution to make sure both parties were aware of serious health issues/risks such as AIDS. There is one stipulation for acquiring a marriage license and that is an age requirement. You must be 18 years old to marry without parental consent. If you/future spouse are under 18 years old, a parent must be present – if they are unable to due to being deceased etc. the court will accept specified evidence. (In the rare event that someone under 16 is interested in getting married, it cannot happen without a court order.)?
The first step of obtaining a marriage license is to contact the town hall/ county clerk’s office for the town your marriage ceremony will be taking place in. So whatever town the church you’re getting married in is located, will be the town that will process your marriage license. For those who are getting married at their reception venue, or by a justice of the peace, it would be the town that it takes place in. When you contact the town office you will need to fill out an application for a marriage license. (Accordingly it will be located in a probate court or a circuit court.) There is no waiting period for a marriage license -you can have it immediately! And there is no waiting period for getting married after you get the marriage license (you don’t have to wait a certain amount of time to pass before you say “I DO”). The marriage license should cost about $35 and is usually only paid for in cash.?Customarily the marriage license will expire 65 days after it has been originally issued.
**If this is a second marriage due to previous marriage divorce or spouse has deceased you must provide a copy of the divorce decree, or the death certificate that shows the date the marriage was over. (In other words a legal document is required to prove your eligibility to get remarried.)
Lastly, if you are changing your name after getting married, you will need photocopies of?your marriage certificate (evidence that you are married) to send to the government agencies, (such as: social security your bank, employers, credit cards etc.) and then other facilites such as your job, post office, etc.?Good Luck & Enjoy 🙂