Licensing

Las Vegas Marriage License Information

Frequently asked questions and answers

Getting Married in Vegas?

These are the frequent questions I receive from engaged couples about obtaining the Las Vegas Marriage license.

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

The Pre-Application and preparing details for 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 need to do this no more than 60 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 the courthouse will keep in their system for .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*. There are exceptions to this rule. Please view the exceptions on this page.

Go to the express window or stand in line to fill out the application at this address:

Marriage Bureau: 201 E. Clark Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101, (Northwest corner of 3rd Street and Clark).

 

Preparing the documentation if previously married

Preparing the documentation 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. Whether you are having a simple wedding in Vegas or a Vegas marriage package, you still need a witness.

I think the three best options to choose for getting a witness are the following:

1. If you are having the ceremony in your room, we can ask a bellman to witness (you will need to tip them). If you have the ceremony on the Vegas Strip outdoors in a public area we may ask an onlooker from the crowd around us to be a witness. I have never had a problem finding someone who will be gracious enough to do the honors.

2. If the ceremony is private and there is no witness available, it will be $35.00 for me to get a witness for you (within the city limits). This witness will be able to provide you 10 complimentary photos of your ceremony). The photos will be delivered to you in a ZIP file electronically on Dropbox (all rights released to you). If you don’t want the photos that is OK too. I will still have to pay the $35.00 for the witness.

The essentials to get a 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 website
  • Courthouse location: 201 East Clark Avenue, Las Vegas 89155 –
  • Click for Map to courthouse
  • Phone: (702) 671-0600

It is going to expedite your marriage license process to do the pre-application prior to going to the courthouse. 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. I will complete the necessary paperwork to get it recorded for you with the clerks’ office after the wedding.

How long do we have to wait to obtain the license after the wedding?

Marriage officiants legally have 10 business days to complete the recording. I usually will record the license within 5 – 7 days after the ceremony. If the wedding is taking place on a weekend I will typically record the license by Thursday or Friday of the following week.

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 5 Pm before the close of business will be $35.00.

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 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: Open 8 AM- 5 PM Monday through Friday

 

Ordering Fees: (PDF) Clerk’s Office Fee Schedule

Locations:

  1. Mailing Address: Clark County Clerk’s Office
    Box 551604
    Las Vegas, NV 89155-1604
    Physical Address:
    (for overnight deliveries)
    Clark County Clerk’s Office
    200 Lewis Avenue, 5th Floor
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

By Mail: You will receive a pink Marriage Document Request Form in your marriage packet. If you lose it use this one. ( Marriage Document Request Form (PDF)

Mail your completed Request Form with a money order, bank or cashier’s check payable to the Clark County Clerk.

 

No personal checks or business checks accepted. All payments must be made in U.S. dollars, and drawn from a U.S. Bank. Credit cards are not accepted through the mail.(Foreign issued money orders or checks not accepted)

 

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

Order the Marriage Certificate Online After the Wedding

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

How old do you have to be to get a Marriage License?

To get married you must be at least 18 years old. Individuals 16 or 17 years of age, who want to marry must have written parental consent from either their father or mother. This consent may be in person or with a notarized declaration. If you have further questions regarding age requirements, please call the Marriage License Bureau phone number at (702) 671-0600 for additional information. We look forward to hearing from you and Congratulations!

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

We partner with a local business expert at obtaining Apostilles:

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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