There is a one time fee of $35 for your marriage license; only cash payments are accepted. You and your partner are not required to be current or previous residents of Washington DC to get a marriage license that is valid through out the state. Once you have paid for the marriage license’s one time fee, there is a mandatory five day waiting period before you can receive it. The day you apply for the marriage license isn’t usually included with the five day waiting period. Most states don’t count Saturdays, Sundays and holidays toward the five days either.
After the five day waiting period, you and your partner are free to get married right away, if you want. There is no waiting period for marriage. To have your wedding in Washington DC without needing parental consent, it is required that you are 18 or older. You two must bring birth certificates to show proof of age. If you or your partner is under the age of 18, you will be required to bring signed parental consent forms. You will still need to bring a certified copy of your birth certificate. If under 16 years of age, you will need a court order to get a Washington DC marriage license.
In Washington DC, it is required that you and your partner take a blood test for syphilis before you are able to get a marriage license. The female is also required to take a blood test for venereal disease. Once the blood tests have been analyzed by a state certified lab and recorded on a state form, you will be able to obtain the results from the physician, clinic or the office of the town clerk. The test results will expire after a month.
Once you have received your Washington DC marriage license, it will never expire. If you or your partner were previously married and now are widowed or divorced, you will need to provide the date of spouse’s death or divorce. Make sure to bring a copy of the death certificate or divorce decree; these can be ordered online.
After you and your partner have been wedded in Washington DC, you will receive a piece of paper that indicated you have been legally married there – a marriage certificate. You will use the marriage certificate to prove that you and your new spouse are married and to be able to change last names. It will need to be presented to government agencies (like the motor vehicles department and social security office) and to non government institutions like banks, employers, memberships, credit card companies and others that you do business with.
A legal name change kit can be provided to you; it can be completed before or after the wedding ceremony. It is recommended that you complete before the marriage to better convenience you.
Marriages that are not allowed in Washington DC include same sex marriages and marriages by proxy. Common law marriages and cousin marriages are permitted here.