How to Get Married in Las Vegas FAQ’s

We have compiled many FAQ’s about getting married in Vegas and share this information here as a valuable resource. 

What advance notice is needed to get married in Vegas?

If you are eloping in Las Vegas, I most often can accommodate you with a weeks notice for elopements at parks or home settings. 

For outdoor venue locations such as Red Rock canyon it’s a minimum of 14 days but it’s a first come, first serve situation.  Many other wedding companies book many months in advance.  The sooner you notify us, the more chance we will be able to procure a venue for your elopement. 

At Custom Las Vegas Weddings we require a deposit to hold your date and time.  Final charges take place a month in advance.

Please submit an availability request and we will get back with you promptly.

Requirements for marriage in Las Vegas

Preparing to get a Las Vegas

You will need a marriage license before you get married in Vegas. The marriage license is an absolute necessity for you to obtain before the wedding takes place if you plan to make your marriage legally binding. Any Las Vegas officiate cannot perform the wedding ceremony without it.

It is imperative to obtain the license before your wedding day.

 Marriage License:

Here are the essentials you need to gather together and know to prepare to get married in Las Vegas:

Are you 18 years or older? 
Are you able to both physically go to the courthouse in person?
Have you been previously married before?
Be prepared to bring both bring a state issued ID.
The easiest way to get the marriage license is to go to marriage bureau to fill out an application or do the pre-application online. You may do this up to 90 days prior to the ceremony. 

If you don’t have access to a computer, you may collect all your information and fill out the marriage license application at the courthouse. 


Apply Here  

Remember, you are applying for a legal document. Please be sure the information you enter on the application exactly matches the name on your government-issued ID you will be using when you pick up the Las Vegas marriage license. Do not make spelling errors or miss any required information on the form. 

After completing the online application, simply submit it and then make a note of your reference number they issue you at the time of the submission. This reference number will be required to identify you at the marriage license bureau.

*Both marriage parties must be present when you go to obtain the marriage license*. 

Cost and instructions for the Las Vegas Marriage License

The marriage license is an absolute necessity for you to obtain before the wedding if you plan to make your marriage legally binding. You need to obtain the license from the Clark county clerk’s office.  Ministers or any wedding venue may not perform the wedding ceremony without it.  Therefore, it is imperative you obtain it before your wedding day.

This is the basic information you need to know:  

  • Price: The marriage license costs $102. Payment may be made by credit or debit card (fees apply) Checks are not accepted.
  • No blood test/waiting period
  • Both bride and groom must visit the courthouse in person.
  • Bring government issued photo identification drivers’ license, passport, social security number, etc).
  • Hours: Open 8 to midnight – 7 days a week, year-round, including holidays.
  • Courthouse website link

Courthouse location:  

201 East Clark Avenue, Las Vegas 89101 

Phone:  (702) 671-0600

It is going to expedite your marriage license process to do the pre-application prior to going to the courthouse.

This is only possible 90 days prior to your wedding. You will be issued an express number and then stand in the express line as opposed to the regular line.

Bring the entire license envelope (will all the contents still inside it) to the ceremony with you to the wedding please. 

We are not allowed to legally perform the ceremony without “ALL” the documents present at the ceremony.

Instructions after the wedding

Marriage officiants legally have 10 calendar days to complete the recording of the documents. 

You may request to expedite the marriage license recording.  The fee to expedite the recording of your marriage before the next (business) day will be $35.00. Please contact us about availability for this service. 

Certified marriage certificate | Proof of Marriage 

Certified Las Vegas Marriage License Example

The Certified marriage certificate is required by Social Security for name changes, INS (Immigration & Naturalization Service) and adoption services.

These institutions generally keep a copy so it is strongly advised to order more than one copy. This document is obtained after your marriage ceremony.

Customers may order documents online by mail, or by visiting one of two convenient locations, listed below. 

How To Order a Certified Marriage Certificate (After the wedding):

In Person:  Pick up the license in person at this address before you leave or if you live locally.

The Clerk’s office charges $20 per certified copy.

The four methods of payment are cash, credit card, money order or cashier’s checks. (Payable in US Dollars on a US Bank) They don’t accept personal checks. 

Hours of Operation

Marriage Bureau Address:

201 E. Clark Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Online:   Order it online electronically. You may order documents online using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).

You may follow this link to order it online: Click Here to Order Online

Gratuity questions and info

The standard gratuity for wedding industry professionals varies. For vendors who spend many hours with you, it’s an unspoken guideline to give anywhere from $20 per hour for the gratuity on up, depending on the quality of services rendered.

If you feel the vendor exceeded your expectations or gave you extra time, attention, or product (like extra editing for photos or a video montage as a keepsake) it’s nice to give them $100 or more. 

In many cases, limousine drivers gratuity is included in the cost of the ride with our company.  But it’s always great to give more to the driver if you feel they went above and beyond and provided excellent service.  

Giving gratuities are a standard in the service industry, especially for couples getting married in Vegas.

Gratuity is always greatly appreciated. Many vendors depend on gratuities to supplement their standard pay as independent contractors.

If you feel that the planner, officiate, photographer, videographer or other vendors have done an excellent job and served you well, give from your heart what you would want to receive if you were serving others. 

Your generosity is appreciated and we all thank you!