Who must apply?
Both parties must appear together to apply for a marriage license.
Is there a residency requirement?
No, you do not have to be a resident of Washington State, or of the United States for that matter. Foreign nationals may have certain restrictions, please check with the courthouse or your Officiant for further details.
What documents are required to apply?
Both applicants must have current photo ID: U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, U.S. military ID, permanent resident card, driver's license or state photo ID card issued by the Department of Licensing (DOL), or foreign government issued passport
Are there other eligibility requirements?
Both applicants must currently be unmarried
Both applicants must be at least 18 years old or can meet the age requirements
Both applicants must not be nearer of kin to each other than second cousins, whole or half blood
Where is my license valid?
A marriage license purchased from any county in Washington State can be used to get married anywhere in Washington State
If you plan to marry in another state or country, you must apply for its marriage license and comply with its laws for getting married
What is the cost?
Personal checks, cashier's checks, and money orders (payable to King County Recorder)
Credit/debit cards - Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express - will be charged a convenience fee of 2.35% by their banking provider. No portion of the fee goes to King County.
Cash (in-person only)
Time Sensitive Information
There is a THREE day waiting period for your license, and your license is only valid for 60 days
Applications can be initiated online, and then retrieved in person by both parties together after the three day waiting period
If both you and your partner cannot be present to pick up the license at least 3 days before the wedding, then you must apply by mail
Do we need to have witnesses present?
Yes, Washington State requires two witnesses be present at your ceremony. If you are unable to provide two witnesses over the age of 18, advise your Officiant at your consultation so witnesses can be made available. There is no extra fee for this service.
What happens after the ceremony?
Immediately following the ceremony, the couple, the officiant, and two witnesses must sign the marriage certificate. It is the officiant's responsibility to complete and return the license to King County within 30 days after the ceremony
Thirty days after the ceremony, if you wish to change your name, you must contact the courthouse and obtain a certified copy of your marriage license to take to the Social Security Administration to initiate your name change