How to Get Married in Indiana

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, Indiana!

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, Indiana!

How to Get Married in Indiana

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: To apply for a marriage license in Indiana, both you and your future
spouse must appear in person at the Clerk's Office in an Indiana county
where one of you resides, or for non-residents in the Indiana county
where the marriage will be solemnized. Both applicants must be 18 years of age or older and cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when applying or more closely related than second cousins (though
there is an exception if you are first cousins and both at least
sixty-five (65) years of age).

Applicants must provid any one of the following forms of identification to prove their identity and date of birth:

  • Current, valid drivers license or state-issued ID card
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate

If previously married, an applicant will need to provide the date that the marriage ended. In addition, some counties require a certified copy
of the divorce decree. The Clerk's Office will
collect some family information that will be reported to the
Indiana State Library (by law) for the purpose of genealogical
research. Applicants must provide the following for both parents:

  • Full Name
  • Last known address
  • Birthplace (state or foreign country)

Under 18: In Indiana, a couple may be married if one or both applicants are 17-year-old applicants, both parents or legal guardians must be
present to give consent at the time of the marriage application. If one
or both applicants are younger than 17, permission must be granted by a
court order, which requires certain criteria, such as both minors must be at least 15 years old and the female must be either pregnant or have given birth.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: The marriage license fee is $18 if one or both parties are Indiana
residents and $60.00 for out-of-state residents. Some offices also
charge an additional document fee of $2.00. Each copy of the Certified
Marriage License (required for name change at BMV, SSN, etc.) is also
$2.00. Most counties require these fees to be paid in cash.

Officiants: Marriage officiants
can be clergy members, judges, mayors, clerks, imams, members of the
Friends Church, German Baptists, Baha'i faith leaders and members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Witnesses are not required
for marriage ceremonies in Indiana.

Valid: A marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date it is issued and
couples may be married as early as the same day.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is not legal in Indiana.

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.

To Apply Online click here.

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.

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