Maryland Courts

Marriage License Information

Obtaining a License

  • One of the parties, to be married, must appear in person at the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the county in which the wedding will take place to make an application.
  • Upon completion of the application, the Marriage License will be issued to the appearing party. The couple may not be married until after 48 hours has passed. (License becomes valid at 6:00 am on the second day after the license is issued)
  • The license is valid for a period of 6 months. (Couple must be married within 6 months or the license will expire)
  • The license is valid only in the county in which it was issued. (ceremony must occur in the same county that the license was issued)

Information Needed at Time of Application to Apply for a License

  • Fee of $75.00 CASH ONLY in Frederick County (fees vary from county to county).

Required Information for Each Party

  • Full Legal Name
  • Current Physical Address
  • Age
  • State or Country of Birth
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Marital Status (Single, Divorced, Widow or Widower)
  • If either party has been previously married, the MM/DD/YYYY, county and state (or Country) must be provided for EACH divorce or death.
  • Relationship of Parties (by blood or marriage)

Marriage of Minors (under age 18)

  • 16 or 17 years old must have the consent of a parent or guardian (must appear with minor at the time of application) OR have a certificate from a licensed physician or certified nurse practitioner. The certificate must appear on physician or nurse practitioner's letterhead, stating that the woman to be married has been examined and found to be pregnant or has given birth to a child. The certificate must be signed (no stamps) by the physician or nurse practitioner. Certificates signed by midwives or nurses are not sufficient.
  • 15 years old must have the consent of a parent or guardian (must appear with minor at the time of application) and have a certificate from a licensed physician or certified nurse practitioner. The certificate must appear on physician or nurse practitioner’s letterhead, stating that the woman to be married has been examined and found to be pregnantor has given birth to a child. The certificate must be signed (no stamps) by the physician or nurse practitioner. Certificates signed by midwives or nurses are not sufficient.
  • 14 years of age and younger may not marry in Maryland.

Civil Ceremonies Performed by the Clerk of the Circuit Court

  • There is a $25.00 CASH ONLY fee to be collected at the time of the ceremony
  • No appointment necessary
  • Ceremonies are performed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday (except holidays).
  • The ceremony will be performed in the Court House
  • Cameras are permitted in the courthouse for Marriage Ceremonies

Non-Resident Applications

If neither party is a resident of the county in which the ceremony will take place, Maryland law allows application for a Marriage License to be made by mail. Either party must take the Non-Resident Application form to the Circuit Court Clerk or comparable official in the county in which they reside. The form must be completed in the presence of that official (not before). The official will sign and seal the application and mail the form and payment to the Circuit Court for the Maryland county in which the ceremony is taking place. Upon receiving the application, the Clerk will then process it and disburse the Marriage License however indicated on the Non-Resident Application.

Methods of payment accepted are bank certified checks or money orders. They must be made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the amount of $75.00 (fees vary from county to county).

Note that this provision is a Maryland law. Clerks of Court in Maryland counties will provide this service. Comparable officials in other states, however, are not required to provide this service and may refuse to do so. Therefore, you are advised to check with the out-of-state official well in advance of your wedding. If this service cannot be provided, one of the parties will have to appear in person to make the application. Comparable official would include: Clerk of a Court; Recorder of Deeds; Prothonotary. A Notary Public is not a comparable official.

Copies of Marriage Records

Certified copies may be obtained from the Records Department. You may also request a certified copy by mail. The request should be mailed to:

Clerk of the Circuit Court for Frederick County
100 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Attn: Record Room

Please include in your request:
  • Names of Bride and Groom (Bride's name should reflect the name used on the application)
  • Date of Marriage
  • Check or money order in the amount of $5.50 for each certified copy requested, payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court

Non-certified copies are also available. The same information is necessary, however, please indicate in your letter that you do not need the copy certified. Non-Certified copies are $.50 each.

For further information on obtaining a marriage license or questions concerning civil ceremonies, please call 301-600-1976