To be married in the State of Indiana, a couple must have a marriage license. To apply for a marriage license in Indiana, both you and your future spouse must appear in person at the Clerk's Office in an Indiana county where one of you resides, or for non-residents in the Indiana county where the marriage will be solemnized.
Age. The Clerk can issue a marriage license if:
Exclusions. The Clerk cannot issue a marriage license if:
See Indiana Code 31-11 for more information about state marriage laws.
A marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date it is issued, and couples may be married as early as the same day. Couples who do not marry within the 60 days must apply for a new license before marrying.
Identification. Be sure to bring one of the following forms of identification to prove your identity and date of birth:
Indiana state law (IC 31-11-4-6) includes "any written evidence of the individual's date of birth that is satisfactory to the clerk." In addition, if this documentation is in any language other than English, it may be necessary to have it translated and notarized before submitting it to the clerk. Because local policies vary by county, please contact the clerk's office in advance to ensure you have all the required documents.
You will also be required to provide your Social Security Number, although your Social Security Card may not be required.
If you were previously married, you will need to provide the date your marriage ended. In addition, some counties require a certified copy of the divorce decree.
Genealogical Information. The Clerk's Office will collect some family information from you that will be reported to the Indiana State Library (by law) for the purpose of genealogical research. You will need to provide the following for both parents:
The marriage license fee is $18 if one or both parties are Indiana residents and $60.00 for out-of-state residents. Some offices also charge an additional document fee of $2.00. Each copy of the Certified Marriage License (required for name change at BMV, SSN, etc.) is also $2.00. Most counties require these fees to be paid in cash.
If you are eligible as outlined above, have all the necessary documentation, and you're ready to apply for a marriage license, you can apply at the Clerk's Office in the county where you plan to file.
While you will still have to appear at the Clerk's Office to complete the process and receive your license (as required by law), starting your application online will save you time at the Clerk's Office.