Apply For A Bellingham Marriage License

When we are ready to apply for our marriage license in Bellingham, Washington, where do we go?

When you are ready to apply for your marriage license, you can visit the Whatcom County Auditor’s office in Suite 103 at 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, Washington. The office phone number is (360) 676-6740. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is closed holidays. On the Whatcom County official website, you can find information about marriage license requirements and you can download the marriage license application. There are also instructions on how to submit a marriage application by mail. Go to Bellinghan Marriage License to learn more.

Will we meet the requirements to receive a marriage license in Bellingham, Washington?

You will most likely meet the requirements to receive a marriage license in Bellingham, Washington if both of you are single and at least 18 years of age. When you go to apply for your marriage license, it is recommended that you appear together. You will need to present a government-issued photo I.D. such as a driver’s license. If either of you is a minor, you can only apply for a marriage license in Whatcom County if you are 17 years of age and you have parental consent. If you are under 17 years of age, you cannot apply for a marriage license in Whatcom County unless you have court approval. You do not have to be residents of Washington State in order to apply. 

When will our marriage license expire in Bellingham, Washington?  

Your marriage license will expire 60 days after your license is issued by Whatcom County. Your marriage license will not become valid until 3 days after the license is issued. Your marriage ceremony must take place before your marriage license expires or else you will have to reapply for a marriage license. Your marriage license will be valid anywhere in the state of Washington.

Will we need blood tests to apply for a marriage license in Bellingham, Washington?

No, you will not need blood tests or any other physical examinations to apply for a marriage license in Bellingham, Washington.

How much will we have to pay for our marriage license in Bellingham, Washington?

You will have to pay the marriage license fee when you submit your marriage license application. The marriage license fee in Whatcom County is currently $58.00. You may pay by cash, money order, credit card, or debit card. Be aware that there a fee for all credit and debit card transactions.

Who will be able to perform our marriage ceremony in Bellingham, Washington?

You will be able to ask a Washington judge or authorized ordained member of religious clergy to perform your marriage ceremony in Bellingham, Washington. You can find a list of authorized marriage officiants online at Bellingham Marriage License.

After our marriage ceremony, where will we be able to get a copy of our marriage certificate in Bellingham, Washington?

After your marriage ceremony, you will be able to request a certified copy of your marriage certificate from the Whatcom County Recorder’s office in person or by mail. Each certified copy of a marriage certificate will cost $3.00.  You can find information about how to request a copy of the marriage certificate at Bellingham Marriage Certificate.


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