Marriage License Information
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All you need to know about the Hawaii wedding license
For any person to get married in Hawaii, a license for that purpose must be obtained from an authorized agent. Once the license has been issued, there is no waiting period before the marriage can take place. No blood tests are needed, and no witnesses are required.
The wedding license and marriage certificates are two different documents. The wedding license permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed.
In order to apply for a marriage license, both the Bride and Groom must appear in person before a marriage license agent to have their identities confirmed.
A wedding license is issued immediately after the application is accepted by a wedding license agent, and is valid statewide. A wedding license expires 30 days from date of issuance.
There are no state residence or U.S. citizenship requirements.
Blood tests or witnesses are not required.
The legal age to marry is 18 years.
Proof of age is required. A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 years of age or under. A valid ID or driver's license may be presented for anyone 19 years of age or over.
If previously married, proof of original divorce decree or death certificate needs to be presented to the marriage agent by the applicant if the divorce or death was final within 30 days of applying for a marriage license. NO COPY WILL BE ACCEPTED
The fee for a wedding license is payable online by credit card upon completion of the application.
Apply for a wedding license here https://emrs.ehawaii.gov/emrs/public/home.html
1. HOW DO I GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE IN HAWAII?
First Complete the Marriage License Forms
You can use the Hawaii Electronic Marriage and Civil Union Registration System here: https://emrs.ehawaii.gov/emrs/public/home.html to complete the application and pay online. This is the fastest and easiest way to apply for your marriage license and it is the same application for Marriage or Civil Unions eliminating confusion. Also, this system accepts credit cards so you don't have to bring cash to your marriage license appointment.
The Hawaii marriage license expires 30 days from and including the date of issuance, after that it automatically becomes null and void. The license is valid for any of the Hawaiian Islands.
2. IS THE MARRIAGE LICENSE GOOD FOR ALL OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS?
Any agent within the state of Hawaii can authorize your form to wed on all islands.
If you’re planning on getting married on another island than the one you got your marriage license on, no problem. Just make sure you bring your approved form with you to your marriage ceremony.
Here is the state’s list of certified agents for all Islands (Maui, Oahu, Big Island, Molokai, Kauai and Lanai): http://health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords/license-agents/
Bring your Marriage License "WITH YOU" to your wedding! Your minister or officiant will complete it and file the license with the State of Hawaii.
If you live in a country outside the United States you will need what is called an apostille (click for full definition), which is a document authenticating your marriage license in the United States therefore making it legal in your home country.
3. HOW CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A MARRIAGE LICENSE AGENT IN HAWAII?
Call a marriage license agent before you arrive on island to make an appointment. A marriage license appointment lasts about 30 minutes.
Here is the state of Hawaii marriage license agent list compiled for all the islands (Maui, Oahu, Lani, Molokai, Kauai, Hawaii -Big Island). http://health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords/license-agents/
Bring to your licensing appointment:
- $70 cash (unless payed online with a credit card already)
- Completed paper application or printed receipt from your online application
- Driver’s License, Military ID or Passport (Birth Certificate required if you are under 18)
- Both people that will be involved in the marriage or civil union must attend the marriage license appointment
4. WE LIVE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY & WANT TO GET MARRIED IN HAWAII, HOW DO WE MAKE IT LEGAL?
If you live in a country outside the United States you will need what is called an apostille, which is a document authenticating your marriage license in the United States therefore making it legal in your home country.
We live in a country that will require an Apostille to make the marriage license legal — what do we do?
When you make your appointment with the license agent, let them know that you will need an apostille and ask if you need to do anything ahead of time to make that happen.
You may also want to notify your officiant. Then when you meet with the agent they can give you the forms and instructions to request an apostille. Below is a link to a list of countries that accept an apostille for authentication of marriage licenses so they will be accepted as legal documents and therefore legal proof of marriage in their home country.
5. IS THERE A WAITING PERIOD BETWEEN MEETING WITH THE AGENT AND HAVING OUR WEDDING CEREMONY?
No, you can get married right after your license appointment. Some couples meet with the agent the same day as their wedding, but we suggest doing it at least the day before to have one less thing to worry about.
6. HOW SOON SHOULD I MAKE MY APPOINTMENT TO MEET WITH THE LICENSING AGANET?
As soon as you have a general idea of your travel dates, make your appointment. That way you can get a time slot that best fits into your trip.
7. WE WILL ALREADY BE LEGALLY MARRIED — DO WE NEED TO DO ANYTHING IN HAWAII FOR OUR MARRIAGE?
No, if you’ve already had a legal ceremony back home or elsewhere, or are planning to make the marriage legal later, you can have a ceremonious wedding that would be just like if you are actually making it legal here. You also don’t need to bring anything to prove that you’re already legally married.
8. ONLINE IT SAYS MY LICENSE IS VALID FOR ONLY 30 DAYS — DOES THAT MEAN I NEED TO WAIT 30 DAYS BEFORE COMPLETING THE ONLINE OR PAPER FORM?
The 30-day timeframe is how early you can meet with the agent before your wedding. You can complete the online form up to a year before that. You’ll just need to have your wedding within 30 days of meeting with the agent on island.
9. HOW DO WE RECEIVE OUR HAWAII MARRIAGE LICENSE?
After your wedding, it takes about 3 weeks for the license to be processed plus the time it takes for the certified copy to be mailed to you.
The state actually quotes a delivery of the marriage license of 60-120 days after the marriage has been performed. You can access it online sooner, but you will need the certified copy in order to make any legal name changes.
If you wish to receive your Hawaii marriage license sooner, ask the marriage license agent about paying for an expedited copy, which is currently a cost of $10.
10. I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING HAWAII MARRIAGE LICENSE / CIVIL UNION - WHAT IS ANOTHER REFERENCE?
If you still have questions about the marriage license process in Hawaii you can go to the states Hawaii marriage license page online here: http://health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords/marriage-licenses/ .
This page includes information such as application, agents and answers to any additional questions you may have with links and phone #'s.
For additional information on Hawaii civil unions visit the State of Hawaii page about civil unions here: http://health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords/about-civil-unions/ .
This page includes information such as applications and applicable laws associated with civil unions in Hawaii.
11. WHAT IS THE TELEPHONE NUMBER TO CALL AND GET HAWAII MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION?
Information on Hawaii marriage licenses may be obtained via the telephone system, any day or any time, by calling (808) 586-4545 .