Marriage License, Marriages and Certified Copies
Obtain a marriage license.A marriage license is a public record, in order to obtain a marriage license, provide:
(A) a completed license application; and
(B) payment of $45 ($35 for the license and $10 for the certificate – cash or money order) (the license fee will be waived if the applicants’ original Domestic Partnership Certificate is presented at the time of application)
Note: After receipt of the application and payment, there is a mandatory waiting period of three full business days (DC Code §46-409). For example, if a party files an application on Monday, the license will not be issued until Friday. After the three days have passed, the marriage license will be ready for pick-up. **Reminder – Please bring your receipt**
Determine who can perform a marriage ceremony.All DC Courts judges and any clerk designated by the Clerk of the Court are authorized to perform marriages in DC. In addition, judges of other courts of records and religious officiants of any religious society may be authorized to perform marriages.
Schedule a civil ceremony to take place at the courthouse.The Court will arrange for a court clerk to perform a civil ceremony and this service is free of charge. The civil wedding calendar is generally booked 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Please apply and confirm a date and time for your civil wedding with the court prior to finalizing your wedding plans.
Obtain a copy of a marriage certificate.In order to obtain a certified copy of a marriage license, please provide the following:
(A) the full names of the parties (including spouse’s former name);
(B) date/year of the marriage - if known; and
(C) payment ($10.00 for the certified marriage certificate and $0.50 cents for each plain copy of the marriage record).