How to Get Married in Idaho

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, Idaho!

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, Idaho!

How to Get Married in Idaho

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: Idaho requires marriage applicants to be 18 years of age. Idaho has no residency requirements to obtain a marriage license. There is no waiting period for a marriage license; a couple can marry immediately after receiving a license.

Both marriage license applicants must go to a county clerk's office to obtain the license. Applicants must present a birth certificate or driver's license along with a Social Security Number. If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be supplied. In accordance with Idaho Code 32-412A, both partners must read and sign a premarital AIDS pamphlet before receiving a marriage license.

Under 18: Applicants who are ages 16 and 17 may apply for a marriage license with the written permission of a parent or legal guardian. Applicants younger than 16 may apply for a marriage license with the written consent of a parent or legal guardian and a court order. In the case of applicants younger than 16, a hearing must be held and a physician's evaluation must be provided to determine if the applicant is physically and emotionally ready for marriage. Applicants younger than 18 must have a valid ID such as a birth certificate, passport, driver's license or state-issued ID.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: A marriage license generally costs $28 or $30 in Idaho, depending on the county, and has no expiration date. Most counties require this payment to be made in cash.

Officiants: Idaho marriages may be officiated by a state official such as a judge, a religious leader of any denomination or a tribal official. At the marriage ceremony, the partners must state that they take each other as husband and wife.

Valid: Licenses do not expire.

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

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:

Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
450 W. State St., 1st Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
208-334-5988
Fax: 208-389-9096

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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