Maryland Courts

Marriage License Information

  • Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Marriage Applications: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Civil Ceremonies: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How to Obtain a License

The procedure for obtaining a marriage license in Talbot County is as follows:
  • At least one of the parties to be married must appear to make application. If neither party is a resident of the county, application may be made by mail - see the Non-Resident Application for more information. Photo identification is required for all applicants.
  • The license is valid only in the county in which it was issued. (The ceremony must be performed in the same county in which the license is issued.)
  • A license is not effective until 6:00 a.m. on the second calendar day after the license is issued. (Example: License issued October 18th takes effect at 6:00 a.m. on October 20th.)
  • The license is issued the same day you apply and is valid for 6 months. (You must be married in Talbot County within 6 months or the license will expire.)

Fees - When applying In Person

  • You must pay all fees with cash only. We do not accept bills larger than $50.00.
  • The marriage license fee is $35.00.
  • There is an additional fee of $25.00 for civil ceremonies performed by a judge, the clerk of court, or a designated deputy clerk of the circuit court.
  • Photo identification is required for applicants.

Fees - When applying using a Non-Resident Affidavit

  • You must pay all fees by money order or certified check, payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Personal checks are NOT accepted.
  • The marriage license fee is $35.00.
  • There is an additional fee of $25.00 for civil ceremonies performed by a judge, the clerk of court, or a designated deputy clerk of the circuit court, payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court at the time of the application.
  • Photo identification is required for applicants.

The Following Information is Required for Each Party

  • Full Names
  • Current Street Address
  • Age
  • State of Birth (Country if born outside the United States)
  • Social Security Number (This information is required by State law and will not be printed on marriage license.)
  • Marital Status (Single, Divorced or Widowed)
  • If either party has been married before, the county, state and date of each divorce or death of spouse.
  • Whether the parties are related by blood or marriage.

Marriage of Minors (under age 18)

  • 16 or 17 years old must have the consent of a parent or guardian (parent or guardian must be with the minor at the time of application) or have a certificate from a licensed physician stating that the physician has examined the woman to be married and found that she is pregnant or has given birth.
  • 15 years old must have the consent of a parent or guardian (parent or guardian must be with the minor at the time of application) and have a certificate from a licensed physician stating that the physician has examined the woman to be married and found that she is pregnant or has given birth.
  • 14 years and younger may not marry.

For Non-Residents of Talbot County

If the parties to be married do not live in Talbot County and are unable to appear in person to apply, they may apply for a marriage license using a Non-Resident Marriage Application. Contact the Marriage License Department for additional information at 410-822-2611, Ext. 5.

Civil Ceremonies Performed by the Clerk

  • There is a $25.00 fee to be paid in cash only at the time of the ceremony.
  • You must set up an appointment to be married.
  • Marriage hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, except holidays.
  • The ceremony will be performed on the Court House grounds.

Certified Copies

Certified copies may be obtained from the Marriage License Department. The fee is $5.50 per certified copy. You may also request a copy by mail. Mail your request to Talbot County Clerk of the Circuit Court, 11 N. Washington St., Suite 16, Easton, MD 21601. Please include with your request:

  • Names of Parties
  • Date of Marriage (Approximate year)
The cost for each certified copy is $5.50. The check or money order should be made payable to the Clerk, Circuit Court for Talbot County.