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Minnesota Marriage License Information, Laws, Requirements

In most circumstances you may apply for a marriage license at any MN county clerk office where you plan to be married. These offices are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the procedures you must follow to obtain your license.

Cost of License

What is the cost of a marriage license?

The marriage license fees vary from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirements

What are the residency requirments for Minnesota?

None, you do not have to be a previous or current resident of Minnesota to obtain a marriage license that is valid statewide.

Waiting Period

Is there a waiting period from the application date to the date the license is issued?

Yes, there is a mandatory 5 day waiting period. In most states, the waiting period does not include Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. In some instances, the day the application is filed is not included within the waiting period.

Is there a waiting period from the date the license is issued to the date I am allowed to marry?

No, you can marry immediately after receiving your license.

Age Requirement

What is the minimum age a man or woman may marry?

You must be 18 years old or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Tests and Physical Exams

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

License Expires

How long does a marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 6 months from the date it is issued.

Divorced and Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be provided.

Obtain Vital Records

Where can I obtain a certified copy of a marriage, divorce, or death certificate?

Certified copies of marriage, divorce, or death records can be ordered online.

Miscellaneous Questions

Are proxy marriages legal?

No, marriage by proxy is not allowed.

Are cousin marriages legal?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed.

Are common law marriages legal?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed.

Are same sex marriages legal?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed.


County Clerk Address and Phone Number List:

Aitkin Court Administration
Aitkin, MN
218-927-7350
Anoka County
Anoka, MN
612-422-7399
Becker County
Detroit Lakes, MN
218-846-7304
Beltrami County Recorder
Bemidji, MN
218-759-4170
Benton County
Foley, MN
320-968-6254
Big Stone County Recorder
Ortonville, MN
320-839-2308
Blue Earth County
Mankato, MN
507-389-8222
Brown County Recorder
New Ulm, MN
507-233-6653
Carlton County Courthouse
Carlton, MN
218-384-4281
Carver County Recorder
Chaska, MN
612-361-1930
Cass County Recorder
Walker, MN
218-547-3300
Chippewa County Recorder
Montevideo, MN
320-269-9431
Chisago County Recorder
Senter City, MN
651-257-0438
Clay County Recorder
Moorhead, MN
218-299-5031
Clearwater County Recorder
Bagley, MN
218-694-6129
Cook County Recorder
Grand Marais, MN
218-387-3000
Cottonwood County Recorder
Windom, MN
507-831-1458
Crow Wing County Recorder
Brainerd, MN
218-824-1045
Dakota County Recorder
Hastings, MN
651-438-4355
Dodge County Recorder
Mantorville, MN
507-635-6250
Douglas County Recorder
Alexandria, MN
320-762-3877
Faribault County Recorder
Blue Earth, MN
507-526-6252
Fillmore County Recorder
Preston, MN
507-765-4701
Freeborn County Recorder
Albert Lea, MN
507-377-5130
Goodhue County
Redwing, MN
651-385-3149
Grant County Recorder
Elbow Lake, MN
218-685-4133
Hennepin County Recorder
Minneapolis, MN
612-348-3051
Houston County Recorder
Caledonia, MN
507-724-5813
Hubbard County Recorder
Park Rapids, MN
218-732-3552
Isanti County Recorder
Cambridge, MN
612-689-1191
Itasca County Recorder
Grand Rapids, MN
218-327-2856
Jackson County Recorder
Jackson, MN
507-847-2580
Kanabec County Recorder
Mora, MN
320-679-6466
Kandiyohi County Recorder
Willmar, MN
320-231-6223
Kittson County Recorder
Hallock, MN
218-843-2842
Koochiching County Recorder
Falls, MN
218-283-6290
Lac Qui Parle
Madison, MN
320-598-3724
Lake County Recorder
Two Harbors, MN
218-834-8347
Lake Of The Woods
Baudette, MN
218-634-1902
Le Suer County Recorder
Le Center, MN
507-357-2251
Lincoln County Recorder
Ivanhoe, MN
507-694-1360
Lyon County Recorder
Marshall, MN
507-537-6722
Mahnomen County
Mahnomen, MN
218-935-2251
Marshall County Recorder
Warren, MN
218-745-4921
Martin County Recorder
Fairmont, MN
507-238-3213
Mc Leod County Recorder
Glencoe, MN
320-864-1327
Meeker County Recorder
Litchfield, MN
320-693-5440
Mille Lacs County Recorder
Milaca, MN
320-983-8308
Morrison County Recorder
Little Falls, MN
320-632-0146
Mower County Recorder
Austinn, MN
507-437-9446
Murray County License
Slayton, MN
507-836-6148
Nicollet County Courthouse
St Peter, MN
507-931-6800
Nobles County Recorder
Worthington, MN
507-372-8236
Norman County Recorder
Ada, MN
218-784-4422
Olmsted County Recorder
Rochester, MN
507-285-8191
Otter Tail County
Fergus Falls, MN
218-739-2271
Pennington County Recorder
Thief River Fall, MN
218-683-7027
Pine County Recorder
Pine City, MN
612-629-6781
Pipestone County Recorder
Pipestone, MN
507-825-6755
Polk County Recorder
Crookston, MN
218-281-3464
Pope County Recorder
Glenwood, MN
320-634-5723
Ramsey County Recorder
St Paul, MN
651-266-2050
Red Lake County Recorder
Red Lake Falls, MN
218-253-2997
Redwood County Recorder
Redwood Falls, MN
507-637-8330
Renville County Recorder
Olivia, MN
320-523-3669
Rice County Recorder
Faribault, MN
507-332-6114
Rock County Recorder
Luverne, MN
507-283-5014
Roseau County Recorder
Roseau, MN
218-463-2061
Scott County Recorder
Shakopee, MN
952-496-8143
Sherburn County Recorder
Elk River, MN
612-241-2915
Sibley County Recorder
Gaylord, MN
507-237-4079
St Louis County Recorder
Duluth, MN
218-726-2677
Stearns County Recorders
St Cloud, MN
320-656-3855
Steele County Recorder
Owatonna, MN
507-444-7450
Stevens County Recorder
Morris, MN
320-589-7414
Swift County Recorder
Benson, MN
320-843-3377
Todd County Recorder
Long Prairie, MN
320-732-4428
Traverse County Recorder
Wheaton, MN
320-563-4622
Wabasha County Recorder
Wabasha, MN
651-565-3623
Wadena County Recorder
Wadena, MN
218-631-7622
Waseca County Recorder
Waseca, MN
507-835-0670
Washington County Recorder
Stillwater, MN
651-430-6755
Watonwan County Recorder
St James, MN
507-375-3341
Wilkin County Recorder
Breckenridge, MN
218-643-4012
Winona County Recorder
Winona, MN
507-457-6340
Wright County Recorder
Buffalo, MN
612-682-7357
Yellow Medicine
Granite Falls, MN
320-564-2529