Let’s start from the beginning you fall in love, you say yes to the proposal and start to plan the wedding. A month prior the wedding you realize you need to get your marriage license. It may seem like a simple piece of paperwork, but a marriage license is the single document that legally marks you as married.
Here are the top 4 things you need to know . . .
Here are the top 4 things you need to know about a marriage license:
1. Where do I get my marriage license?
Marriage license offices are held in different courts around Arizona. All location hours are from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm (excluding holidays)
Phoenix Downtown Clerk of the Court: 601 W. Jackson, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Northeast Phoenix Regional Court Center: 18380 N. 40th St. Phoenix, AZ 85032
Northwest Phoenix Regional court Center: 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ 85326
Chandler San Tan Justice Court: 201 E. Chicago St. Suite 102. Chandler, AZ 85225
Gila Bend- Ironwood Justice Court: 209 E. Prima Gila Bend, AZ 85337
Gilbert Highland Justice Court: 55 E. Civic Center Dr. Ste 55 Gilbert AZ 85296
Mesa Southwest Court Complex: 222 E. Javelina, Mesa AZ 85210
To see the full list of courts in other Arizona cities please visit: www.arizonabridalsource.com/wedding-tips.php
2. How much does my marriage license cost?
In Arizona – the fee is $76.00 (subject to change) and if you want certified copies of a marriage license they are $27.50 (subject to change)
3. What are the requirements to apply for a license?
- Both Bride and Groom must be present to apply and obtain the license
- No Physical examination or blood test is required
- You are required to provide a government issued photo ID such as a driver license or passport to show proof of age and identity
4. When will I get my license?
There is no waiting period, you will receive your marriage license and may be married on the same day you apply for it. Note: Marriage license expires one year from the date purchased
Last Tip: When or where should you sign the license? And who signs the license? Most brides and groom like to sign the license after the ceremony in private with close family and bridal party. However, you can sign during the ceremony, there are no rules or traditions against either way. One thing you will want to make sure no matter where you sign is deciding your witness before! Yes, Can I get a witness? You'll need two witnesses - one from each bride and groom chose. Traditionally, it has been the Maid of Honor and Best Man but truly it can be anyone whom you trust or has the best signature. In the end you want to make sure you've chosen your witnesses before it comes time to sign.
You’ve worked so hard to get to the moment and you finally sign your license, its official!! Make sure that your photographer snaps a few photos of the special moment.