Marriage License Information

The following information may only pertain to marriage license information for HARFORD COUNTY. You MUST contact the County/City location where you plan to marry or have been married for their specific requirements and information.

Office Location:
Licensing Department (across from the Circuit courthouse)
7 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD  21014
410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586

Office Hours – 8:30am to 4:00pm
(Monday thru Friday) (Closed Weekends and State Holidays)

  • Marriage License/Copies - 8:30am to 3:45pm
    Additional Times - First Monday of each month until 6:00pm
  • Civil Ceremonies (By Appointment only) - 9:00am to 12pm and 1:00pm - 1:30pm
    See Civil Ceremonies below for Additional Times

How to Apply

  • If you are being married in Harford County, you must apply in Harford County.
  • Only one party needs to apply.
  • There is a $50 non-refundable fee, payable by cash, check, money order, or credit card.
  • You must apply at least 48 hours prior to the wedding ceremony.
  • The license is issued the same day you apply, valid for 6 months (you must be married within 6 months or the license will be void) and can only be used in Harford County.

Application Information

The marriage application work sheet is provided for your convenience. It is helpful if completed before applying for a marriage license and brought in for the application process.

  • Valid identification (driver's license, passport or birth certificate)
  • Full names
  • Addresses
  • Age at time of application (if under the age of 18 – Proof of age is required. See Marriage of Minors below)
  • State/Country of Birth
  • Social Security Number (mandatory)
  • Previous Marriages – date for each divorce or death of spouse. If divorced within the last 6 months, a copy of the divorce decree must be presented.

If you are not a resident of Harford County but getting married in Harford County and are unable to apply for a Harford County marriage license in person at least 48 hours prior to the wedding, you may apply using a Non-Resident Marriage Application.

Marriage of Minors (under age 18)

  • Proof of age - must be an original or certified copy of birth record or passport. (Driver’s License is not a valid proof of age.)
  • 16 or 17 years old must present either a notarized written consent from the parent or legal guardian, or a certificate from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. Certification from the physician or nurse practitioner must be written on his/her letterhead stating the physician or nurse practitioner has physically examined the woman to be married and positively determined she is pregnant or has given birth to a child. The certificate must be signed by the licensed physician or nurse practitioner. A nurse or assistant cannot sign the certificate. A birth certificate stating the woman has given birth to a child is sufficient.
  • 15 years old must have a notarized written consent from the parent or legal guardian AND a certificate from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. Certification from the physician or nurse practitioner must be written on his/her letterhead stating the physician or nurse practitioner has physically examined the woman to be married and positively determined she is pregnant or has given birth to a child. The certificate must be signed by the licensed physician or nurse practitioner. A nurse or assistant cannot sign the certificate. A birth certificate stating the woman has given birth to a child is sufficient.
  • 14 years and younger may not marry.

Civil Ceremonies

  • Valid identification for both parties to be married is required (driver's license or birth certificate or passport) providing full names, addresses and ages.
  • Civil ceremonies are performed at the Ceremonial Room located at 7 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, Maryland (across from the Circuit courthouse).
  • There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee, payable by cash, money order, or credit cards before or at the time of the ceremony. (Wednesday Evening ceremonies – credit card payments only)
  • Ceremonies must be scheduled in advance after application is made. Ceremonies will be performed between the hours of 9:00am to Noon and 1:00pm to 1:30pm. See below for additional times. To schedule a civil ceremony at the courthouse, please call 410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586. Guest limit of eight is strictly enforced. This number of guests includes the parties getting married and any children (regardless of age). Any additional guests will be asked to leave.
  • Additional Times for Civil ceremonies – Third Wednesday of each month
    • By Appointment only (To schedule call 410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586)
    • Only accepting credit card payment for Ceremony fee
    • Certified copies may not be available for 3 business days

Marriage Corrections

  • Marriage Record Correction - Correction to Marriage Records may be requested in writing along with supporting documentation (example - birth record). For convenience, a Correction Request Form can be completed and mailed to our office.

Certified Copies

  • Certified Copies – Only available for Harford County Marriage Records
  • Certified copies may be requested in person, mail, email, fax or phone. Cost for certified copies are $5.50 each.  Please complete the Request for Certified Copy of Marriage License. Acceptable forms of payments are cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).
    • In person requests are taken at 7 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, MD 21014 (across from the Circuit Courthouse).
    • Mail requests are sent to the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Harford County, Attn:  Licensing Department, 20 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, MD 21014.
    • Email requests to customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov.
    • Fax requests to 410-838-8540.
    • Phone requests should be directed to 410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586.
  • Information needed for all requests:
    • Names of both parties
    • Date of Marriage
    • Check or money order made payable to Clerk of the Circuit Court or credit card information and authorization (cost of certified copies $5.50 each).
    • Return address for mailing copies

For further information on obtaining a marriage license or questions about civil ceremonies, please call 410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586 or customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov.