How to Get Married in Washington D.C.

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Washington D.C.!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Washington D.C.!

  How to Get Married in Washington D.C.

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: One of the two parties should come to the Marriage Bureau in Room 4485 of the Moultrie Courthouse and complete a Marriage License Application. Identification and proof of age of both parties is required in the form of driver’s license, government-issued non-driver’s ID, or passport. The minimum age for marriage in the District of Columbia is 18 years, or 16 years with the consent of a parent or guardian. Proof of age for the applicants must be shown and may be demonstrated by driver's licenses, birth certificates, passports, or similar official documents. A blood test is NOT required.

The marriage license application must include social security numbers, addresses, dates of birth for both parties as well as previous marriage information, that is, the city, state, country of each marriage and the ending status of each, such as, by divorce or death. The application should also include home and work telephone numbers for both parties.

Note: A third party may apply on a couple’s behalf, but must bring the couples’ identification and the fee.

Under 18: The minimum age for marriage in the District of Columbia is 18 years or 16 years with the consent of a parent or guardian. Proof of age for the applicant's must be shown at the time of application and may be demonstrated by driver's licenses, birth certificates, passports, or similar official documents. A blood test is NOT required.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: The marriage license application fee in Washington, D.C. is $45.00 in cash ($35 for application and $10 for license) or money order (payable to D.C. Superior Court):

Moultrie Courthouse
500 Indiana Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 879-4840
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / M – F

Note: The $35 application fee is waived for couples who are registered in the District as domestic partners. Those couples should bring their proof of registration and $10 license fee.

Civil Wedding: When applying for a marriage license, if you wish to be married at the courthouse, fill out a Civil Wedding Request Form. Please specify the date and time you would like to be married. The civil wedding calendar is generally booked two to three weeks in advance. Please apply and confirm a date and time for your civil wedding with the court prior to finalizing your plans. The marriage ceremony room holds approximately 10 to 15 guests. A court official will perform your marriage ceremony. You can receive a certified copy of your marriage license the same day. The cost for the certificate is $10.00.There is no fee for the marriage ceremony.

Officiants: Religious celebrants and judges other than those of the D.C. Courts must be authorized by the Court and registered by the Marriage Bureau in order to perform legal marriages in the District of Columbia. The full name of the intended celebrant must be given at the time of the application. Otherwise, a request for a civil wedding may be made and a clerk will schedule the marriage ceremony with a court official on or near the date you request, but not sooner than ten business days after your license is issued.

Valid: By law, three full days must pass between the day of application to the day that the license can be issued. The receipt showing that you paid the application fee is required to pick up the license. Marriage licenses are not issued by mail. Bring your license to your ceremony. The officiant must sign and file your license for your marriage to be legal. Once issued, a marriage license does not expire.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is legal in District of Columbia.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

For More Information:

District of Columbia Courts
(202) 879-1010

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more detailed information click here.

How many of you are getting married in Washington D.C.?

Shares 0