Marriage License Information

The Land Records/License Department will be relocating to 6095 Marshalee Drive, Elkridge, MD 21075 effective April 15th. All telephone numbers will remain the same.

Marriage License Department of the Circuit Court for Howard County

6095 Marshalee Drive
Suite 120
Elkridge, MD 21075
Phone: 410-313-5850

How do I get a marriage license?

Maryland requires that a marriage license be obtained from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the county where the marriage is to take place.

If I was married in a foreign country, do I need to apply for another marriage license?

No. If you were married in a foreign country, your marriage is recognized by the State of Maryland.

Marriage Licenses

Couple must apply in the county where the ceremony will be held.

Marriage licenses can be obtained at 6095 Marshalee Drive, Suite 120, Elkridge, MD 21075. The telephone number is 410-313-5850. Applications for marriage licenses are not accepted after 4:00 p.m. The application process takes about 15 minutes.

If you are not a resident of Howard County, AND it is not convenient for you to visit the Clerk's Office, you may apply for a marriage license using a Non-Resident Marriage License Application-Affidavit. If applying by mail, only money orders are accepted. The Non-Resident Marriage License Application-Affidavit is available in fillable PDF (right-click on the link to save the form to your PC). If you come to the Clerk's Office, then the marriage application must be completed on-site at the Clerk's Office.

Waiting Period: After application, the license, which is not effective until 6:00 a.m. on the second calendar day, will be issued. (i.e. 48 hour waiting period) The license must be used within 6 months (you must marry within 6 months or the license will be void).

It is recommended that you contact the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the county you plan to marry as each county has different fees. The requirements for Howard County are as follows:

  • Only one of the parties needs to appear to apply for the marriage license, however, you must bring ID for BOTH parties and have all of the information listed below.
  • Both parties must be over 18 years of age. Forms of identification for each person: driver's license, birth certificate or a passport (Applicants 17 and younger are required to call the License Department prior to applying.)
  • The fee is $50.00-CASH or credit card (Visa or Mastercard) payable when the application is processed.
  • Neither a blood test nor witnesses are required in Maryland.

The Following Information is to be Provided for Both Parties

  • Full Names
  • Ages
  • State/Country of Birth
  • Address
  • Social Security Numbers (mandatory). This information is required by State Law and will not be displayed on the marriage license.

If Previously Married


The day, month and year of the divorce, and the county and state in which the divorce was granted.


The day, month and year of the death, and the county and state in which the death occurred.

The application must be signed by the applicant(s) under oath indicating the truthfulness of the information under penalty of perjury.

Civil Ceremonies

Civil Ceremonies are performed at the Circuit Court for Howard County. The address is:

8360 Court Avenue
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043

Ceremonies are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

The cost is $25.00 CASH or credit card (Visa or Mastercard) payable the day of the ceremony. To use a credit card you must present identification that matches the name on your credit card.

Certified Copies

Certified copies must be obtained from the Marriage License department located at:

6095 Marshalee Drive
Suite 120
Elkridge, MD 21075

You may request a certified copy by mail. Please include in your request:

  • Names
  • Date of Marriage
  • License Number
  • Check or Money Order

The cost for each certified copy is $5.50. The check or money order should be made payable to the Clerk, Circuit Court for Howard County. For your convenience, you may complete the Application for Certified Copy of Marriage License.

For further information on obtaining a marriage license or civil ceremonies, please call 410-313-5850.