Whether you’re local to Oregon or are flying in for an epic PNW destination wedding, you’ll need to know how to make it official! You will need to read this blog to understand the state’s marriage license regulations. Once you apply for a marriage license, you have between three and sixty days to become legally married before your license expires.
Step One: Research which county your wedding is taking place in
Whether you’re getting married at a downtown urban Portland venue, under a misty waterfall, or at the top of Mt. Hood, you’ll need to look up the address of your wedding or elopement spot to see which county it’s in. You’ll more than likely want the county that’s physically closest to you. This is because you have to appear in person to complete your license paperwork. In addition, you may also need to return to the county in order to pick up your certified marriage certificate after your marriage ceremony is completed as well, so keep this in mind.
Step Two: Fill out a Marriage License Application
You can obtain a marriage application in any of Oregon’s 36 counties. Each county will have slightly different requirements for fees and application processes. You can review the marriage license requirements by county at: http://aclu-or.org/MarriageLicense_by_County
- Most counties allow you to fill out your application online before you go into complete the paperwork.
- You can also request an application via mail or in person
For our couples flying into Oregon to be married, we recommend you apply for your marriage license right away! Therefore, if you’re landing at the PDX airport, you’ll want to go to the Multnomah County Clerk Office.
Multnomah County Office:
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd #175
Portland OR 97214
Office hours are 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.
Starting 1/04/2022, you must appear in person to purchase and pick up your license.
Appointments are not needed. Licenses are issued the same day.
First, fill out your marriage application at www.multcomarriage.org(link is external)
Second, bring a copy of photo identification for both parties (driver’s license, state id card, passport, etc.). The name on the application should match the ID provided. Note: Both parties must appear in person to issue a license. If you cannot appear together, please contact the office for assistance.
Third, bring $60 (cash, credit/debit card, or cashier’s check or money order made out to “Multnomah County Marriage Licenses”). Likewise, if you are requesting a waiver of the three-day waiting period, you’ll need to bring $65 instead.
Walk-in service is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 pm.
If You Don’t Have A Computer
Please contact the office, 503-988-3326, option 4, to speak with one of the Customer Service Representatives.
Masks are required for in-person service.
In order to marry in Oregon, you must meet the following requirements. Be at least 17 years old and have parental consent to marry or at least 18 years old without parental consent. The marriage ceremony must take place in Oregon. You must get married within 60 days. You cannot be currently married, and you can not be first cousins or nearer kin to your fiancée.
In conclusion, if you meet these requirements, you can complete your marriage application.
Step Three: Arrive in Person to obtain your marriage license
Firstly, both applicants must appear together in front of the county clerk to complete your marriage license paperwork. Secondly, you must both have ID. Lastly, you have to pay an application fee.
- The fee amount varies by county but typically it is $50 to $60.
For a list of county-by-county fees visit: http://aclu-or.org/MarriageLicense_by_County.
Step Four: Find an officiant
Oregon requires that a qualified person officiate your marriage ceremony. Under Oregon law, the individuals qualified to officiate are religious leaders authorized by a congregation or organization; Oregon judges; active federal or military judges; county clerks; and judicial officers.
To sum up, our favorite officiants are:
Step Five: Gather two witnesses
You must have two witnesses present at your marriage ceremony. As a result, they must also sign the marriage license. However, if you’re eloping with us and a photographer, we can both sign as your witnesses FYI!!
Step Six: Get Married
Once you apply for your marriage license, you have 60 days to get married. Consequently, if you don’t, you will need to apply for a new marriage license. A marriage is valid in Oregon if two people declare to a qualified officiant that they agree to be married. And, they do so before two witnesses. After that, you’re married right?! Not quite, keep reading!
Step Seven: Complete your marriage license paperwork
Once you get married, the officiant must fill out and sign your marriage license paperwork. They must return it within 10 days of the ceremony to the clerk’s office. It will be the same office you applied at.
The officiant must provide the following information:
- Date, location and county of marriage.
- The officiant’s signature, title, name, address and phone number.
- The officiant must also provide the printed names of the witnesses.
Step Eight: Pick up your certified marriage license
Within 1 to 2 weeks after your ceremony, you can contact the office you applied at. You should ask if your license was officially recorded in the county and state of Oregon. If yes, you can purchase a certified copy of your marriage license. This is the legal document showing your marriage.
To clarify, you can also purchase a certified copy by mail or in person.
We hope this helped guide you towards your Oregon marriage license journey!
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