Licensing

Las Vegas Marriage License Information

 

How to obtain a Las Vegas Marriage License

This is all you need to know to get a Las Vegas marriage license. The Clark county marriage certificate is only one part of the envelope packet given to you. 

Pre-application and preparation to obtain the license

Preparing to get a Las Vegas 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. 

Pre-Application:  Click  and fill it out online 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*. 

If previously married

If  you or your intended spouse have been married previously, it is necessary to gather up this information to enter into the online pre-application or take the information to the courthouse to enter it into the application form. 

Is your former spouse living?  Did the marriage end in a divorce, annulment or death?

  • If you are divorced, provide your previous spouse’s full legal name, the date the divorce was finalized, and the city, state, and country that issued the divorce.
  • You may also be required to show a certified copy of the divorce decree, dissolution documentation. 
What forms of ID will you need?
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • U.S. or foreign country issued I.D. card showing your photo and birthdates
  • Passport
  • Military Identification
  • Resident Alien Card
Do you need a witness for it to be legal?

Yes, you do need one witness for your marriage to be legal here in Nevada.  If you don’t have a witness, I will be able to get one for you.  There is a charge of $35.00 for this service within the city limits and $50 outside city limits for a desert wedding. 

Obtaining 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:  $77
  • No blood test/waiting period
  • Both bride and groom must visit the courthouse
  • 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 packet to the ceremony with you to the wedding please. 

Obtaining the license after the wedding

Marriage officiants legally have 10 calendar days to complete the recording of the documents.  You may request I expedite the marriage license recording if you need to have that service. The fee for me to expedite the recording of your marriage before the next (business) day before 11 am will be $35.00. Please contact us about availability for this service. 

Certified marriage certificate | Proof of Marriage | Required Name Change Document 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.

For more information on name options and how to change your name if you reside in the United States, please view this Name Change Infographic.

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: At this time due to Covid-19 restrictions, all operations for obtaining the license to get married and picking up the license after the wedding are being conducted at the courthouse temporarily. 

Marriage Bureau Address:
201 E. Clark Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101
7 days per week, 8am-midnight
(open all holidays)

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

What is an Apostille and do you need one?

An Apostille is a form of certification set out in the 1961 Hague Convention, to which the United States became a subscriber in 1981. It is a form of numbered fields, which allows the data to be understood by the receiving country regardless of the official language of the issuing country.

What countries require an Apostille? Many countries require an Apostille for proof of marriage. It is suggested that non-U.S. citizens check with their local officials for special documents that may be needed to ensure the marriage will be recognized in their country.

A complete list of countries is available on the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law – Click for Hague Convention – Country list

What does an Apostille do?

The object of the Apostille is to “abolish the requirement of diplomatic or consular legalization for foreign public documents”. The completed Apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and identifies the seal/stamp which the document bears. 

Who issues Apostilles?

The United States has appointed the Secretary of State (or their counterpart) of the various states as said authority. A request for an Apostille may be made in person or through the mail if you want to order it yourself. The document(s) will be handled by the appropriate division within this agency. Contact the Nevada Secretary of State or visit their website for more information.

Nevada Secretary of State 555 E. Washington Ave., Suite 5200 Las Vegas, NV 89101

Phone: Phone: (702) 486-2880 Hours; 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.  Learn more about acquiring Apostilles at the Nevada Secretary of State Website link

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Do it Yourself Steps to Acquire an Apostille:

If you want to do-it-yourself, here is the information you need. Once you’re married your Minister or Officiant has 10 days to submit your Marriage Certificate to be recorded. You may have Rev. Nourish expedite the recording of your marriage license the next business day for $35.00.

  1. Once the license is recorded, you will obtain a Certified Copy of Nevada Document from the county where the event occurred. This may be done online through the Clerks office or by mail or

    Online: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            

  2. Complete and print out the Apostille/Certification Order Form below. Any request for an Apostille must be accompanied with this Apostille Order Form.

     

    Any Apostille request submitted without this form will be returned. Apostille/Certification Order Form (PDF)

  3. Submit the certificate document and order form to:

     

    Nevada Secretary of State
    101 North Carson St., Suite 3
       Carson City, NV. 89701

    Send a money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card number and expiration date, in the amount of the service you are requesting in U.S. currency for each certification required.

    In addition, it is necessary to provide an email address, a return address or self-addressed,  envelope AND the name of the country in which the Apostille/Certification will be used.

    Once the Secretary of State receives your certified document they do have expedite services. Click here to view their fees.  

Authentication of a Nevada Notarized Document:

Due to the high volume of weddings in town and the steps required to obtain an Apostille can be a lengthy process.

An Apostille is produced by the Nevada Secretary of State and requires a Certified Marriage Certificate. For the authentication of a Notary signature on most other documents, the document needs to be notarized by a Nevada notary and submitted to:

Nevada Secretary of State
101 North Carson St., Suite 3
Carson City, NV. 89701