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.

Licensing Office Location- Reopening April 26th

COVID-19 occupancy limit of 8 total including staff. Masks are required. Temperatures will be taken, and a health screening is required for entrance. See https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate for more information on the closure status.

Licensing Department (across from the Circuit Courthouse, open beginning April 26, 2021.)
7 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586
customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov

Office Hours – 8:30am to 3:45pm Monday thru Friday
(Closed Weekends and State Holidays)

  • Marriage License/Copies - 8:30am to 3:45pm
  • Late Night additional hours- First Monday of each month open until 6:00pm. Appointments are recommended.
  • See Civil Ceremonies below for limited ceremony times starting April 28th by appointment only.

Marriage Applications

The Licensing Office at 7 West Courtland Street will be open for walk-in services beginning April 26th. Walk-in applications are accepted at the Land Record counter in the Clerk’s Office at 20 West Courtland Street until April 26th. Marriage applications remotely taken by Skype are encouraged to limit contact. Skype applications may be mailed to the courthouse or emailed to customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov. Also, a drop box is available inside the exterior door at the 20 West Courtland Street entrance to the courthouse. Note: the application and credit card payment form must be received before a Skype appointment is scheduled. Please follow the directions for completing the application, as original signatures are required.

The Licensing Office at 7 W. Courtland Street is open 4 pm to 6 pm on the first Monday of the month. Appointments are encouraged, call 410-638-3474 to schedule. After April 26, 2021 call 410-638-3489.

Application Information

The marriage application work sheet is provided for your convenience. Complete and bring with you for an in-person marriage application.

  • 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 unable to apply for a Harford County marriage license in person, you may apply using a Non-Resident Marriage Application or via Skype.

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

Civil Ceremonies will resume on a limited basis on April 28th by appointment only. Ceremony times will be offered from 4pm to 7pm on alternate Wednesday’s.

  • 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 credit card only, at the time of the ceremony.
  • Ceremonies must be scheduled in advance after application is made. Guest limit of six is strictly enforced. This number of guests includes the parties getting married and any children (regardless of age). Any additional guests will not be admitted. COVID-19 occupancy limit of 8 total including staff.
    • 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, by mail, email, fax or phone. Cost for certified copies are $5.50 each. Please complete the Request for Certified Copy of Harford County Marriage License. Acceptable forms of payments are cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).
    • In person requests are taken at the Land Record counter at the Clerk’s Office, 20 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, MD 21014 until April 26th when operations return to the licensing office at 7 West Courtland Street.
    • Email requests to customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov with the credit card payment form.
    • 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.
    • Fax requests to 410-836-7615.
    • Phone requests should be directed to 410-638-3474 until April 26th when operations return to the licensing office. After April 26, 2021 contact 410-638-3489.
  • 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, email customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov.