Important Legal Details

MN Marriage License Information

ID Requirement: You must provide proper identification, along with Social Security numbers.

Previous Marriages: You must show proof of divorce, death or annulment from your most recent marriage.

Residency Requirement: You do not have to be a resident of Minnesota.

Cousin Marriages: No.

Waiting Period: Minnesota has a waiting period of five (5) working days. This waiting period can be waived a district judge if the circumstances are considered to be “extraordinary.”

Minnesota Wedding License Fees: $115 or so for those who don’t provide written proof of premarital education. $30 for those who do take an authorized premarital education course with a minimum of 12 hours. Be prepared to pay in cash.

Other Tests: Minnesota does not require blood tests.

Proxy Marriages: No. However, only one applicant can apply for the marriage license as long as all the required information for the absent partner is provided. Call the Clerk of Court to see how to get your partner’s signature notarized. Requirements may vary from county to county.

Common Law Marriages: No.

Premarital Education: Optional. There is a waiver of marriage license fees to couples who complete a 12-hour premarital education course. The course must use a premarital inventory teaching about communication skills and conflict management skills. According to Minnesota Statute: “The premarital education must be provided by a licensed or ordained minister or the minister’s designee, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under section 517.18, or a person authorized to practice marriage and family therapy under section 148B.33.

Same Sex Marriages: Yes.

Under 18: If you are under the age of 15, written parental consent along with the approval of a juvenile court judge is necessary to get married. Brides and grooms between the ages of 15 and 18 need parental consent.

Officiants: Judges, clerks of court, court commissioners, and licensed ministers, priests or rabbis, as well as representatives of Bahai, Hindu, Quaker and American Indian religious groups are authorized to perform weddings in Minnesota.

Witnesses: You will need at least two witnesses at your wedding ceremony. The witnesses must be at least 16 years of age.

Miscellaneous: License is valid for six (6) months.

Application for Marriage License – you can obtain one at any county service center in Minnesota; do a search for your local county and marriage license.