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Marriage license Laws in the state of Washington, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before applying for a Washington State marriage license.

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Marriage License Washington State


Applying for a Marriage License:

Both applicants must be present to apply for a marriage license.

Same-Sex Marriage:

Yes. The 2012 legislative session passed a bill that allows all couples to marry, regardless of gender.

Requirements:

Waiting Period:

There is a three (3) day waiting period beginning the first day after you apply for your license and ending the third day following the date of application. You may not get married during this waiting period. The License is valid for 60 days beginning on the 3rd day after application.

Witnesses:

Witnesses are not necessary to apply for a license, but state law requires that at least two witnesses be present at the ceremony. Witnesses should be at least 12 years of age.

Fee:

The cost of applying for a marriage license in Washington state varies from county to county. Some counties charge approximately $35 while others charge $64 and up. Many counties will not accept checks or credit cards.

Marriage license is void and non-refundable if marriage does not take place within 60 days of issue.

Performing the Ceremony:

State law prescribes who can perform a marriage ceremony: active and retired Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals judges, Superior Court judges, Superior Court commissioners, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction, as well as any regularly licensed or ordained minister or priest of any church or religious denomination. See RCW 26.04.050 for a complete list.

Ministers from any state may perform marriage ceremonies, but the ceremony must be performed in the State of Washington. Neither the bride nor the groom may perform the ceremony.

Marriages are Public Record:

All marriage records are a matter of public record. The one exception to this is for those enrolled in the State's Address Confidentiality program. Once a license has been recorded, it cannot be "unrecorded.[an error occurred while processing this directive] "

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Washington Dept. of Health
Center for Health Statistics
P.O. Box 9709
Olympia, WA
(360) 236-4300 Info

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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Washington Clerk's Office

Adams County
Ritzville, WA
509.659.3247

Asotin County
Asotin, WA
509.243.2084

Benton County
Prosser, WA
509.786.5616

Chelan County
Wenatchee, WA
509.664.5432

Clallam County
Port Angeles, WA
360.417.2222

Clark County
Vancouver, WA
360.397.2241

Columbia County
Dayton, WA
509.382.4541

Cowlitz County
Kelso, WA
360.577.3004

Douglas County
Waterville, WA
509.745.8527

Ferry County
Republic, WA
509.775.5200

Franklin County
Pasco, WA
509.545.3533

Garfield County
Pomeroy, WA
509.843.1411

Grant County
Ephrata, WA
509.754.2011

Grays Harbor County
Montesano, WA
360.249.4232

Island County
Coupeville, WA
360.321.5111

Jefferson County
Port Townsend, WA
360.385.9115

King County
Seattle, WA
206.296.3450

Kitsap County
Port Orchard, WA
360.337.7125

Kittitas County
Ellensburg, WA
509.962.7503

Klickitat County
Goldendale, WA
509.773.4001

Lewis County
Chehalis, WA
360.740.1156

Lincoln County
Davenport, WA
509.725.4971

Mason County
Shelton, WA
360.427.9670

Okanogan County
Okanogan, WA
509.422.7240

Pacific County
South Bend, WA
360.875.9309

Pend Oreille County
Newport, WA
509.447.3185

Pierce County
Tacoma, WA
206.591.7440

San Juan County
Friday Harbor, WA
360.378.2161

Skagit County
Mount Vernon, WA
360.336.9348

Skamania County
Stevenson, WA
509.427.9425

Snohomish County
Everett, WA
425.388.3444

Spokane County
Spokane, WA
509.477.2271

Stevens County
Colville, WA
509.684.7510

Thurston County
Olympia, WA
360.786.5224

Wahkiakum County
Cathlamet, WA
360.795.3219

Walla Walla County
Walla Walla, WA
509.527.3204

Whatcom County
Bellingham, WA
360.676.6741

Whitman County
Colfax, WA
509.397.6270

Yakima County
Yakima, WA
509.574.1380

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