How to get a marriage license in the state of Nebraska?
Nebraska is a mid-western state that has the Great Plains with its prairies and the Sandhill dunes. It is well-known for being a triply land-locked state. The beautiful state is a great place to get married. If you want to get married here, this is how you can get a marriage license.
Pre-requisites for a Nebraska Marriage License
The pre-requisite eligibility to get married and apply for the license includes the following:
- There is no residency requirement. Anyone can apply for a marriage license in Nebraska and get married anywhere in the state.
- The applicants need to be 19 years of age or older. Those 17 to 18 years old can get married if one of their parents or guardian consent. Those who are 16 years old or younger cannot married, and a license cannot be issued.
- The social security number needs to be available for both the applicants; else an affidavit needs to be provided.
- There is no requirement for a blood test in Nebraska, for either of the partners.
- Valid government ID containing the photo and date of birth is required. Driver’s license or passport would be an acceptable document. Seventeen or 18-year-olds need to bring the original birth certificate or a certified copy.
- Those who were divorced cannot get married until six months after divorce judgment. Divorcees or widow/widower need to specify the date of divorce or spouse’s death to the county clerk.
Where to get the Nebraska marriage license?
Marriage licenses in the state of Nebraska are issued by the County Clerk in the office of the County Clerk at any county in the state. Applicants who wish to obtain a marriage license need to visit the County Clerk’s office in person. 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 Nebraska marriage license?
Both the applicants for the license must be physically present at the County 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 an affidavit, if there is no SSN). You need to fill the Nebraska marriage application and submit the necessary documents. The application fee of $25 needs to be paid in cash to the County Clerk. If all your documents are valid, then the license would be immediately issued.
The validity of the Nebraska marriage license
The license once received is valid throughout the state of Nebraska, which means the marriage can take place anywhere in Nebraska. There is no waiting period; you can get married immediately. The validity period of the license is one year. No extension of license is possible. If the license expires, you need to apply again for a fresh license.
Nebraska marriage certificate
The wedding has to solemnized by a member of the clergy, a serving or retired judge, a magistrate, a Justice of the Peace or a City Judge. There are two witnesses required for marriages in Nebraska, whose contact information needs to recorded by the officiant. The certificate of a marriage license would be issued by the County Clerk, once you provide information on the details of the marriage, date, officiant, and two witnesses. A fee of $9 needs to be paid to obtain the marriage certificate.
You can visit the website of the county where you intend to apply for a marriage license. You can download the application form and submit it to the county clerk with the fee and documents.
The address of the county office can be obtained from the county website or: http://nebraskaccess.ne.gov/marriagelicense.asp