Marriage License Information

Marriage License

To be married in Washington you must obtain a marriage license from the county you will be married in.

WA State Marriage Licenses are issued from the Clark County Auditors Office. 

There is a mandatory three day waiting period after you apply for your marriage license. 

The $64 license fee is a nonrefundable fee due at the time of application. 

~CASH ONLY~ Checks and Credit Cards are NOT accepted. 


Clark County Auditors Office 

1300 Franklin St, 2nd Floor

Vancouver, WA 98666-5000

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (360)397-2208 or (360)397-2243   

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm, Wednesday 9 am - 4:30 pm

Requirements:

~ Both applicants must be present to apply. 

~ Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older and must have a current photo ID as proof of age.

~ Applicants who are 17 years of age must be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian who can provide consent.

~ Applicants under the age of 17 must receive permission from the Family Court.

~ Applicants do not have to be residents of the State of Washington to obtain a marriage license. 

~ The license is only valid for weddings that are performed within the state of Washington.

~ Proof of divorce from a previous spouse, or death of a spouse, is not required to obtain a

marriage license. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the final decree.

~ Blood tests and physical exams are not required to obtain a marriage license.

~ Same sex marriages are legally recognized in the States of Washington and Oregon.

Waiting Period: 

A three (3) day waiting period begins the first day AFTER you apply for your license and ends the third (3) day following the day of application. In example: If you obtain your license on Monday, the first day you can legally be wed is the following Friday. 

The license is valid for sixty (60) days beginning on the 3rd day after your application.

Fun Fact: 

The Gin Marriage Law requires a waiting period of 3 days between receiving a marriage license and marrying. This law was passed in several states in the 1930s. As the Prohibition-era, sparked women's groups into moral panic over couples getting married while drunk. In 1927, *The Pittsburgh Press (1) said, "It was believed that a three-day cooling off would temper the ardor of unruly impetuous maids and swains."*   ~ Oh My ! ~

Witnesses

Witnesses are not necessary to apply for a license, but state laws requires that at least two witnesses be present at the ceremony 

who are over the age of 12.