How to Get Married in Arizona

how to get married in arizonaMarriage has significant state and federal implications as a legal status.  This blogpost will discuss the obligations and requirements on how to apply for a marriage license in Arizona

Each county in Arizona has at least one location where couples can apply for marriage licenses.  In this blogpost we will look specifically at Maricopa County. Each county will have specific information on fees and appointment schedules for marriage licenses.

Marriage License Appointments

To have a marriage recognized, you need a marriage license.  In Maricopa County, you and your partner need to make an appointment to apply for a Marriage license.  There are four locations in Maricopa County to get a marriage license: two locations in Phoenix, one in Mesa, and one in Surprise, Arizona. Walk-in parties are welcome but it is much easier to schedule an appointment for an appropriate time.

Fee

The marriage license fee is $83.00 and can be payable by cash or money order, debit card or credit card. If you purchase a marriage license at the Justice Courts, only money orders are accepted.

Marriage License Age Requirements

Starting on August 3, 2018, if you are under 16 years of age in Arizona, you are prohibited from marrying. If you are at least 16 and under 18, the following are required:

  1. Either a certified copy of an Emancipation Order, or a notarized Clerk’s Office parental consent form with the front and back of either the parent(s) or legal guardian’s identification, or have a parent or legal guardian accompany you with identification and sign the parental consent form in the presence of the clerk issuing the license and
  2. A certified copy of your birth certificate; and
  3. One of the following government issued picture I.D’s: a) current driver’s license; b) state or military D. cared; c) current passport; d) or other governmental issued ID

The younger applicant’s prospective spouse cannot be more than 3 years older than the younger applicant.

Instructions

Both parties must be present to obtain the license. Each individual is required to provide a valid government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver’s license or passport to show proof of age and conform identity.  Arizona requires applicants to also provide a social security number, if any.  Except for child support purposes, the Clerk’s Office may not release social security numbers without the applicant’s written request.

A marriage license must be issued prior to the marriage ceremony taking placed. The license must be signed at the ceremony and returned by the officiator not more than 30 days after the ceremony has taken place so that the marriage can be recorded.

The marriage license will be issued the same day you apply and you can get married that same day. However, a couple has up to one year from the date of the marriage license issued date to get married.

The bottom portion of the license will be returned and recorded.  A certified copy can be requested and mailed for a fee.

Covenant Marriage Licenses

Arizona also recognizes covenant marriages.  A covenant marriage is an option for those who wish to marry.  It requires counseling from a member of a clergy or marriage counselor prior to the marriage. If the couple later wants to divorce or legally separate, the couple must be granted an order by the court only for specific reasons listed in state law.

At the License office, the couple will be asked to sign a marriage license affidavit and a Declaration of Intent to Enter into a Covenant Marriage, which states the statutory requirements. The cost of the covenant license is the same as a regular marriage license.

Click here for information on Arizona family law rules.

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