Apply For A Delaware Marriage License

How do I get a marriage license in Delaware?

In order to get a marriage license, both the bride and groom will need to appear in person at a county Clerk of the Peace’s office to file a marriage license application. Once issued, the license is valid throughout the state for 30 days. If you do not use the license within those 30 days, you will need to reapply with the Clerk of the Peace for a new license.

What information will the application require?

Generally, both the bride and groom will need to provide their full names, social security numbers, and dates of birth. You will also need to provide government issued ID that shows your full name and date of birth, such as a valid driver’s license, DMV issued identification card, passport, certified copy of your birth certificate, or a military identification card. If you are a Delaware resident, you may also need to provide proof of residency in order to receive the license fee discount given to state residents.

Are any documents required during the application process?

Delaware requires additional documents for certain circumstances. If either party was previously married, then you will need to provide a certified copy of the final divorce decree or death certificate of the previous spouse when you file your application. Also, if either party is on probation or parole, you will need to provide an original letter from that person’s probation or parole officer giving permission for the marriage.

Is there a certain amount of time we must wait before we can actually marry?

Yes, once the license is issued, all couples must wait 24 hours before they can officially solemnize their marriage with a wedding ceremony.

What is the license fee?

The cost of the license depends on the county you are applying in and whether either party is a resident of the state. If either the bride or groom is a Delaware resident, then the fee varies from $30 to $50. If neither party is a resident, the fee varies from $30 to $100. Further information on the exact fee schedule can be found on the county websites above.



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