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How to get a marriage license in the state of Montana?

Montana is a state that is well-known for its vast and diverse terrain that has the Rocky Mountains as well as the Great Plains. Its snow-capped mountains are an attraction for tourists. What better place to get married than in the beautiful state of Montana. Here’s how you can get a marriage license in Montana.

Pre-requisites for Montana Marriage License

The pre-requisite eligibility to get married and apply for the license includes the following:

  • Non-residents can apply in the county where they intend to get married. If both the partners are residents, they can apply anywhere in the state. If one is a resident, then they need to apply in the county where the marriage would be held.
  • The applicants need to be 18 years of age or older. Those 17 years old can get married if one of their parents or guardian consent. A 16-year old can get married with parental consent and an order from a Montana magistrate judge.
  • The social security number needs to be available for both the applicants, else an alternate ID proof is needed.
  • In Montana, a blood test is required for the bride (Not required if the bride is over 50). This test is for Rubella or German Measles. The testing doctor’s signature on the pre-marital certificate is needed. The bride can skip the test, in which case a waiver form should be signed by both applicants.
  • Valid government ID containing the photo and date of birth is required. Driver’s license or passport would be an acceptable document.
Marriage License Montana

Where to get the marriage license in Montana?

Marriage licenses in the state of Montana are issued by the Clerk of the District Court, in the county where they intend to get married. Applicants who wish to obtain a marriage license need to visit the District Court in the county of their choice. Prior appointment is usually not needed and applicants can visit during the working hours of 8 am to 4 pm.

How to apply for a Montana marriage license?

Both the applicants for the license must be physically present at the District Court in the Clerk’s office. The documents they need to bring with them include – birth certificate (for minors), valid photo ID card, and social security number (or alternate proof of identity, if no SSN).  You need to fill the Montana marriage application and submit the necessary documents. The application fee of $53 needs to be paid in cash at the District Court. If all your documents are valid, then the license would be immediately issued.

Montana Marriage License

The validity of the Montana marriage license

The license once received is valid throughout the state of Montana, which means the marriage can take place anywhere in Montana. There is no waiting period, you can get married immediately. The validity period of the license is 180 days, after which if not used, you can reapply by paying $53 and get an extension of another 180 days.

Montana Marriage License Requirements

When applying for a Montana marriage license, you have to answer the following requirements as requested by the state:

  • Both marriage license applicants must be at least 16 years old. People under 16 will need to get judicial approval to get married
  • Applicants for a Montana marriage license must pay a license fee of $53
  • Both marriage license applicants must be present when requesting the license
  • Women under the age of 50 are legally required to submit a Rubella blood test to get a Montana marriage license
  • Both applicants must bring a valid picture ID and proof of age

To make sure you get your Montana marriage license as soon as possible, you need to contact your local County Clerk of district court office to find out their hours of operation. Once you get the license, it will be valid for 180 days, and there is no waiting period to get married in the state of Montana.

Montana marriage certificate

The wedding has to solemnized by a member of the clergy, a serving or retired judge, the Mayor, a Justice of the Peace, a City Judge, or a Tribal Judge. There are no witnesses required for marriages in Montana. The person who officiated at your wedding must return the marriage license to the District Court Clerk who issued the license within 30 days of the marriage. A copy of the license is issued which acts as a marriage certificate. 

Contact information

You can download the marriage application form at https://courts.mt.gov/forms/marriage

You can print this form, fill it in and submit to the District Court at the county where you intend to get married. You can search the county website to get the contact details of the district court.

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