Getting a marriage license in Maryland?
If you are eligible to marry in Maryland, visit the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in the county where your marriage is to take place. Marriage between same sex partners is legal in Maryland, as long as the law does not otherwise prohibit the individuals from marrying (for example, where they are closely related).
Call or visit the website of the Circuit Court Clerk’s office where you plan to marry because each jurisdiction has different license fees. If it is not convenient for you to visit the Circuit Court Clerk’s office where you wish to marry, you may apply using a Non-Resident Affidavit (except in Cecil County where both parties must apply together in person). Call the Clerk's Office to have a copy of the affidavit sent to you or check the Clerk's website to see if you can download it.
The marriage license is effective at 6:00 a.m. on the second calendar day after the license was issued, unless the court grants an exception.
If you would like to get married in the courthouse, a judge, a Clerk of the Circuit Court or an appointed, designated Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court may perform a civil ceremony. The hours, location, and fees for a civil ceremony vary from county to county.