How to Get an Oklahoma Marriage License
Deciding to get married in the State of Oklahoma? There are a couple of things you need to consider. A marriage license is mandatory to get married. How do you get one? Well, you apply for it. First, you will have to check if you measure up to the eligibility requirements the license application necessitates. The State of Oklahoma has no residency requirements governing marriages. So you can be a non-resident and plan a long-distance marriage in the beautiful state of Oklahoma without any worries.
Cousin marriages are not allowed in the State. It is the same for proxy marriages, which means you will have to be physically present at the wedding ceremony to get married.
Underage marriage is allowed over the age of 16 with parental consent. Marriage under the age of 16 is prohibited unless there is a court order permitting so.
Widowers will need to furnish proof of their spouse’s death.
There is no option available for covenant marriages in Oklahoma.
Although gay marriages are permitted in the state, Oklahoma still has a statute that states that gay marriages officiated in other states may not be legally recognized within its geographical premises.
Only individuals of sound mental capabilities may legally marry in the state.
The procedure of getting an Oklahoma marriage license
Once you've determined your eligibility for marriage in the State of Oklahoma, you can proceed to apply for the marriage license. Here's how you do it –
- The County Clerk’s office supplies marriage licenses. Both you and your fiancé must be present in person, sober at the office with all necessary documents and the licensing fee to receive your marriage license. Necessary documentation must mandatorily include a valid photo ID authenticating your identity.
- You will need all basic information such as Name, Address, D.O.B and other information such as your Social Security number to fill in the application form. It’s a good idea to come armed with these to avoid any delays.
- There is no waiting period for issuing a marriage license to adults in Oklahoma. If you happen to be below the age of 18, you will have to wait out 72 hours to receive your marriage license.
- The validity of an Oklahoma marriage license is very limited. It is only ten days, and you must officiate your wedding within these ten days.
- You will need an officiant to validate your marriage. The officiant may be a pastor, a licensed/ordained minister or a clergyman.
- The officiant must sign your marriage license and return it to the issuing County Court Clerk/judge within five days from the ceremony.
And what then?
Now, that you know how you can apply for a license o get married in the State of Oklahoma, plan your dream wedding. Hire a wedding planner, caterer, decide the venue. Remember, the validity of a marriage license in Oklahoma is very short. So you'd do good to get all of this planning out of the way. Have everything ready before you apply for that wedding license, so you can jump right on with the wedding once you've acquired the license.
Once you have the license in hand; you can proceed to exchange vows with your partner. The legal formalities are just that. A marriage is formed in the heart and mind. You need the marriage license to officiate this marriage in the eyes of the law. Everything else is up to you and your spouse. All the very best wishes to you and your partner! May you have a happy wedded life.