Getting a Marriage License in Baltimore, Maryland

You found your mate and have a date set—now it's time to make things official. This is an exciting time for the both of you, so make sure you understand all the marriage license rules and regulations in Baltimore or else you risk putting a dent in your plans.

This information is for Baltimore City only. If you live in a surrounding county, the rules may vary.

How It Works

  • A marriage license is a document that authorizes a couple to marry. 
  • The City of Baltimore is the issuing authority for marriage licenses in Baltimore. 
  • Either the couple or a member of the couple must apply in person for a marriage license.

ID Requirement in Maryland

  • If you are under the age of 22, you must provide identification in the form of a driver's license, military identification, or passport and your birth certificate.
  • You may also need both of your social security numbers.
  • Only one applicant needs to be present.
  • It is recommended that you bring identification with you even if you are over 21.

Residency Requirements

  • It is not required that you are a resident of Maryland to get married.
  • However, keep in mind you must be married in the county where you purchased your license.

Previous Marriages

  • You must either a) show your divorce decree or 2) have information regarding the date, county, and state of death of your previous spouse.

Waiting Period

  • There is a 48-hour waiting period between obtaining a license and getting married.
  • Licenses are issued on the day you visit the courthouse.

Blood Test

  • A blood test is not required.

Same-Sex Marriages

Common Law Marriage

  • Not practiced in Maryland.

Cousin Marriages

  • Allowed in Maryland.

    Age of Consent

    • Parental consent is needed if under 18 years of age.
    • If you are between 16-18 years of age, one of your parents or guardians must be with you and must provide written consent.
    • If you are under 16 years of age, you will need both written consent from your parent or guardian and the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Please.
    • If you are under 18 and show a certificate from a licensed physician that you are pregnant or have had a child, the parental consent requirement may be waived.

    License Fees

    • To get married in Baltimore City, you must pay $85.
    • Payment is cash only.
    • If you have completed a state-recognized pre-marital preparation course, you may be eligible for a discount on the license fee.

    Name Change

    • If you get a marriage license with your new name on it, this does not mean your name has automatically changed.

    Officiants

    • Official of a religious order or a deputy clerk or judge.

    Validity Period

    • License is valid for six months.

    Where to Obtain a Marriage License

    Circuit Court of Baltimore City
    Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse
    Marriage License Department
    100 North Calvert St.
    Room 628
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    (410) 333-3780
    Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Closed state and federal holidays.

    And by the way: congratulations! I wish you and your future husband or wife the best.

    Please note: State and county marriage license requirements change often. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. 

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