Hawaii is without a doubt a beautiful place to get married—and luckily, the paperwork required is pretty straightforward (and if you are marrying at a resort, the wedding planner there can help you set everything in motion). Whether you're planning to get married on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, the Big Island or Lana'i, here's what you'll need to do before you can say, "I do."
To legally marry in Hawaii…
• You do not need to be a resident of Hawaii or even a U.S. citizen, but you must be at least 18 years old. (There are also parental consent forms for anyone aged 16 or 17 who wishes to marry with the consent of a parent or legal guardian.)
• Proof of age is required, such as a certified copy of a birth certificate, for anyone 18 years of age or under and a valid I.D., such as a passport or driver's license, for anyone 19 years of age or older.
• If you were previously married, you must present the original divorce decree or spouse's death certificate to the marriage agent if the divorce was finalized or if the death occurred within 30 days of the application for a marriage license.
How to Apply
The process must be done in person. Here's how:
• You must appear together before a marriage license agent in Hawaii to apply for a marriage license. The main location is the Health Department Building in Honolulu, on Oahu, but marriage agents are also located on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.
• You must provide the necessary proof of age and/or written consent forms, obtained and completed prior to applying for the marriage license.
• You must provide a completed application (downloadable online, see below).
• You must pay a $60 marriage license fee in cash at the time of the application.
• When the application is approved, a marriage license will be issued on the spot.
After you receive your marriage license, it will be…
• Good throughout the state of Hawaii, but only in Hawaii.
• Valid only for 30 days from (including the day of issuance), after which it becomes null and void.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority offers detailed information on weddings in Hawaii and links to a government Web page on marriage licenses that also lists a phone number (not toll-free) for those who have additional questions.
About the Author
Donna Heiderstadt is a New York City–based freelance travel writer and editor who has spent her life pursuing her two main passions: writing and exploring the world.
Donna's travels have taken her around the world—literally, on a four-month cruise to all seven continents in late 1999-early 2000—and she has visited 85+ countries. She has made multiple trips to the beautiful islands of the South Pacific, having just returned from her fourth visit to Tahiti.