How to Get Married in Arkansas

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, Arkansas!

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, Arkansas!

How to Get Married in Arkansas

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: Males and females shall reach the age of 18 years to contract for a marriage license in Arkansas. Males and females 21 or older may present a valid driver's license showing their correct name and date of birth or any documents list below. Males and females 21 or under must present a state-certified copy of their birth certificates or an active Military Identification Card or valid passport. If your name has changed through a divorce and your driver's license does not reflect this change, you will need to bring a certified copy of your divorce decree.

No medical/blood test or proof of residency are required for marriages in Arkansas. License may be used immediately or within the 60 day time limit. (There is no waiting period required in Arkansas after a divorce is final). The license may be used anywhere in the state of Arkansas, but must be returned to the County Clerk's Office where you first applied. No witnesses are required for marriages in Arkansas. Marriages performed in Arkansas are recognized in all other states.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Arkansas Marriage License cost is approximately $58.00 (cash only). No checks are accepted. No refunds. Price is determined by county.

Under 18: Males age 17 or females ages 16 or 17, may be married with parental consent. (For more information on this call your local county court house in Arkansas).

Officiants: Any regularly ordained minister or priest of any religious sect or denomination may perform marriages. Ministers must have their ordination credentials filed by the county clerk who will then issue a certificate to the minister.

Valid: Arkansas marriage licenses are valid for sixty (60) days. License must be returned used or unused, within 60 days for recording or a $100 Bond will be executed against all applicants for license.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is legal in Arkansas.

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 information on obtaining a wedding license, call 501-661-2336 or 800-637-9314.

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.

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