The Marriage Bureau issues marriage licenses and certified copies, and authorizes religious and civil celebrants to perform weddings in the District of Columbia. Click on the left tabs for more information on marriage licenses, civil wedding ceremonies, certified copies, and authorizations to celebrate marriages.
The Marriage Bureau is located in the Moultrie Courthouse, JM 690.
Other responsibilities of the Marriage Bureau include the following:
You may apply for a marriage license in two ways:
In all instances, you must show proof of age for both parties through one of the following documents:
The minimum age for marriage in the District of Columbia is 18 years, or 16 years with the consent of a parent or guardian.
The marriage license application fee is $45.00 (this fee will be waived if the applicant's’ original DC Domestic Partnership Certificate and is presented at the time of application). All fees must be paid in cash or credit card (if in person) or by check or money order (made payable to: "Clerk, DC Superior Court").
The Marriage license can be issued the same day you apply, if all required information is included in the application, along with officiant name (if relevant), payment, and proof of age documents. Once issued, a marriage license does not expire.
A third party may apply on a couple’s behalf, but must bring the couples’ identifications and the payment.
You may request a civil wedding with a court official - Please see the Civil Wedding Ceremonies section. We will attempt to perform the ceremony on or near the date you request (please allow at least ten business days after license is issued).
Religious celebrants and judges other than those of the DC Courts must be authorized by the Court and registered by the Marriage Bureau in order to perform legal marriages in the District of Columbia.The full name of the intended celebrant must be given at the time of the application. Please see the Application for Authorization to Celebrate Marriages.
A self-officiating ceremony occurs when one of the parties performs the ceremony. For self-officiating ceremonies, both parties must be present when picking up the license.
If you wish to be married at the courthouse, fill out a Civil Wedding Request Form. Please specify the date and time you would like to be married.
The civil wedding calendar is generally booked two to three weeks in advance. Please apply and confirm a date and time for your civil wedding with the court prior to finalizing your plans.
The marriage ceremony room holds approximately 10 to 15 guests. A court official will perform your marriage ceremony.
You can receive a certified copy of your marriage license the same day. The cost for the certificate is $10.00.There is no fee for the marriage ceremony.
Please submit the following information to request a copy of your marriage license: (full names, maiden names, and the date of the marriage for both parties.
The fee is $10, paid in cash or credit card (if in person), or by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to: "Clerk, DC Superior Court."
You may either visit the Marriage Bureau or send payment and receive a copy by mail. After submitting the request, please send payment to:
District of Columbia Superior Court
Marriage Bureau - JM 690
500 Indiana Av. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Pursuant to the "Marriage Officiant Amendment Act of 2013" (DC Code § 46-406), the following persons or organizations are authorized or are candidates for authorization to perform marriages in the District of Columbia: