FIRST THE FACTS:
- Both applicants must be currently unmarried.
- Both parties must be at least 18 years of age or can meet the age requirements.
- The parties are not nearer of kin to each other than second cousins, whole or half blood.
- A marriage between two persons that is valid in another jurisdiction is valid in Washington State if the marriage is not prohibited by Washington state law.
- Minimum Age
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, unless they satisfy the requirements for underage applicants listed below.
- 17-year-old Applicants
- Seventeen-year-old parties can apply if one of the following conditions is met:
- A parent or legal guardian submits a notarized statement of consent (available at any marriage licensing location).
- Please bring a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or documents establishing legal guardianship.
- The applicant is legally emancipated and takes the court-certified copy of the emancipation document with them to apply.
- Under Age 17
- Parties under age 17 can apply only when the age requirement is waived by a superior court judge of the county in which one of the parties resides. Each party to the marriage that is under 17 years of age must present a waiver specifically naming them.
Residency and Citizenship Requirements
- Marriage license applicants do not have to reside in Washington State.
- A marriage license purchased from any county in Washington State can be used to get married anywhere in Washington State.
- Applicants do not have to apply for their marriage license in the county in which they reside.
- Applicants do not have to apply for their marriage license in the county where the wedding ceremony will take place.
- A marriage license obtained in Washington State cannot be used to get married in another state or country.
- Applicants are not required to have a U.S. Social Security number in order to obtain a marriage license. However, one of the marriage license forms requires the inclusion of one’s Social Security number OR the applicant’s signature on a declaration that they do not have a U.S. Social Security number. This will not impair the couple’s ability to receive their marriage license.
SEATTLE WEDDING OFFICIANTS DOES ALL THE PAPERWORK
I became a licensed notary in the state of Washington in 2012. One of the biggest reasons for adding this service to my business was the passing of Ref74, which gave same gender couples the legal rights to marry in the state of Washington. There were so many same gender couples coming to Seattle to get married, and it was a very exciting time for our wedding community. As you can imagine, there were many questions regarding the entire process (as there often are with any wedding). I realized that by becoming a licensed notary I could take care of helping couples process their marriage license application.
To summarize: In our initial consultation we will fill out the marriage license application together. I will require valid photo I.D. (driver’s license or passport) to notarize your application. Then you will pay me the $67 and I will take the completed application and fee to the King County Marriage License office. I will then have the clerks process your application and purchase your marriage license with the $67 fee you have given me. I will then bring your marriage license to your wedding and afterwards, make sure your license is completed properly. Lastly, I will deliver it back to the the King county courthouse to make sure it gets filed in a timely manner.
My notary service and the ability for me to take care of all the paperwork makes my engaged couples’ lives way easier than having to take the day off of work to get their marriage license.
If you live out of state, ask me for my cheat sheet on “How to get your marriage license by mail.”