How to Get Married in Hawaii

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, Hawaii!

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, Hawaii!

How to Get Married in Hawaii

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: The legal age to marry is 18 years for both males and females. Proof of age is required. A valid I.D. or driver's license may be presented for anyone 19 years of age or over. You will need to present two valid forms of ID such as drivers license, birth certificate, U. S. passport, Armed Forces ID card, or Resident Alien ID card. Applicants will also be asked to fill out a Marriage License Application Form.

Both the bride and groom must prepare an official application and file the application in person with the marriage license agent. Applications are provided by the marriage license agent or may be downloaded from the Hawaii Health Department website. The application will not be accepted if sent by either postal mail or e-mail.Upon approval, a marriage license is issued at the time the application is made.

You do not have to be a resident or U.S. citizen of Hawaii. There is no waiting period. Blood tests are not required. Cousins may marry. However, the blood relationship between the prospective bride and groom cannot be closer than first cousins. If an applicant was divorced or widowed within 30 days of applying for a marriage license, he or she must provide proof of an original divorce decree or death certificate.

Under 18: To marry, males and females must be at least 16 years of age. Males and Females under 18 must have written consent from both parents, legal guardians or family court. Males and females at age 15 may marry with the written consent of both parents or legal guardian and the written approval of the judge of the family court.Consent forms may be obtained from the marriage license agent.A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 years of age or under.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: A marriage license costs $60 plus a $5 processing fee in Hawaii (CASH ONLY). It expires within 30 days.

Officiants: Any minister may perform marriages if they are authorized by their church to do so. If desired, you may request the marriage performer to present his/her license for your inspection. For further information about obtaining a marriage performer, call (808) 923-1811.

Ministers must obtain a license from the department of health before performing marriages. Ministers must keep a record of all marriages they perform. Ministers must report all marriages they perform to the department of health.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days. The license can only be used within the U.S. of Hawaii. On the wedding day, either preceding or following the ceremony, the couple must present their marriage license to the minister, who must make sure that the license is valid, and that the couple’s information is accurate.

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

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:

State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Issuance/Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801
www.hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/vital-records/marriage/index.html

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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