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How to get a marriage license in DC, MD and VA

Everyone's favorite part of weddings: red tape! We've discussed this topic before on United with Love, but with wedding season in full swing, this is a perfect time to revisit this important information for your big day. You will need a marriage license to make your marriage official in DC, MD and VA and below are the specifics and links for how to make it happen. Good luck making it legal!
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Marriage licenses in the District of Columbia are issued through the Marriage Bureau.
Download the application and read the rules.
Fees:  $35 for the application, $10 for the license
Waiting period:  3 days


Marriage certificates in Maryland are issued through the individual county Clerk’s Offices. The county where your wedding ceremony takes place is the county that will issue your license. Each county has a different procedure to apply for a license.
Fee:  approximately $30 – $80, depending on county
Waiting period:  48 hours
Expiration:  6 months after date of issue


Marriage licenses in Virginia are issued by individual Clerks of the Circuit Courts. Couples can go to any circuit court in Virginia for a license and the ceremony can be performed in any part of the state.
Fee:  approximately $30
Waiting period:  none
Expiration:  60 days after date of issue

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