Marriage License Information
- Obtaining a License
- Non-Resident Application
- Marriage of Minors (Under Age 18)
- Civil Ceremonies Performed by Clerk
- Copies of Marriage Records
- More Information
- Search Historic Marriage Record Index (Washington County Free Library)
Obtaining a License
- At least one of the parties to be married must appear in person at the office of the Circuit Court Clerk in the county in which the wedding will take place to make application. If it is inconvenient for either party to appear in person in that county, application can be made by mail IF neither party is a resident of that county. (See Non-Resident Application below for more information.)
- 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 was issued.)
- A license is not effective until 6:00 a.m. on the second calendar day after the license is issued. (Example: For a Saturday wedding the license must be issued by close of business on Thursday.)
- The license is issued the same day application is made, and is valid for 6 months. (You must be married within 6 months or the license will expire.)
Information Required at Time of Application for License
Fee of $60.00 CASH ONLY in Washington County. Photo Identification is required for applicants aged 21 and younger. (Fee amount and ID requirements vary from county to county.)
The following information is required for each party:
- Full Name
- Current Street Address
- State of Birth (Country if born outside United States)
- Social Security Number
- Marital status (Single, Divorced, Widow or Widower)
- 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 either blood or marriage
Maryland requires that a marriage license be obtained from the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in the county where the wedding is to take place. If it is inconvenient for either party to appear in person in that clerk’s office, application can be made by mail IF neither party is a resident of that county, using the Non-Resident Affidavit form, as follows:
- Take the Non-Resident Affidavit form to the Clerk of Court or comparable official in the county in which you reside. Complete the form in the presence of that official, have that official sign at the appropriate place, and mail the form with a money order or cashier's check in the appropriate amount ($60.00 for a license from Washington County), payable to Clerk of Court, to the Clerk of Circuit Court for the Maryland county in which you plan to be married.
- 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 the service - Maryland law does not apply outside Maryland - and might refuse to do so. Therefore, you are advised to check with the out-of-state official well in advance of your wedding date to be sure. If no comparable official will provide the service, one of the parties will have to travel to Maryland to make application in person. Comparable officials would include: Clerk of a Court; Recorder of Deeds; Prothonotary. A Notary Public is not a comparable official.
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 or certified nurse practitioner, on the physician’s or nurse practitioner’s letterhead, stating that the physician or nurse practitioner has examined the woman to be married and found that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child. The certificate must be signed 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 (parent or guardian must be with the minor at the time of application) AND have a certificate from a licensed physician or certified nurse practitioner, on the physician’s or nurse practitioner’s letterhead, stating that the physician or nurse practitioner has examined the woman to be married and found that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child. The certificate must be signed 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
- There is a $25.00 cash (no checks are accepted) fee collected at the time of the ceremony
- No appointment necessary
- Marriage hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, except holidays
- Location - The ceremony will be performed in the Court House
- Cameras are permitted
Copies of Marriage Records
Certified copies and/or plain copies may be obtained either in person or by mail. To obtain copies of Washington County marriage records by mail, send your written request to Clerk of the Circuit Court, 24 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Fees for copies of marriage records are:
- $5.50 for each certified copy requested;
- $ .50 for each plain (not certified) copy requested;
- $2.00 mailing fee (applies only if clerk is mailing copies to requestor).
Use this request form, or write a request including:
- Names of both parties (Names must be those used at the time of application for the marriage license in question, not those used after the marriage)
- Date of Marriage (Approximate year at minimum)
- A check or money order in the amount of $5.50 for each certified copy requested, payable to "Clerk of Circuit Court."
For further information on obtaining a marriage license or questions about civil ceremonies, please call 301-790-7991.