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How to get married in Arizona: 3 simple steps

How to get married in Arizona with a courthouse wedding and Maricopa County marriage license

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How to obtain a marriage license in Arizona

To obtain a Maricopa County marriage license and/or Arizona marriage license, you must be at least 18 years old, have two forms of identification, and go with your fiance to the courthouse. The marriage license is around $80 and gives you permission to get married in Arizona.

If you intend to change your last name after getting married, be sure to pay the extra fee (I think it’s around $35), so your marriage certificate is mailed back out to you after your marriage license has been recorded. Your marriage certificate will be required for name change, bank accounts, trust documents and lots of other legal stuff, so it’s a good idea to pay the extra fee. That way you won’t have to call to get copies of court records down the road, when you might be in a hurry.

No blood test is required in Arizona and if you happen to be previously married, you don’t need to bring a copy of a divorce decree either.

I would never sign a marriage license issued to a minor, but minors age 16 and 17 can get married with their parent’s consent.

They will hand you the marriage license while at the courthouse. The license is valid for one year from the date it’s issued, so if you get your license on March 1st, 2017, it’s valid until March 1st, 2018.

Once your license has been signed by a judge, minister or officiant, it must be given to the county recorder within 30 days, or won’t be recorded. I always send signed marriage licenses to the recorder within 24 hours of being signed.

I offer discount courthouse weddings here. For a list of locations to obtain your Maricopa County marriage license, click here.

YOU CANNOT GET MARRIED AND HAVE YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE SIGNED WHILE AT THE COURTHOUSE UNTIL 5PM, MONDAY-FRIDAY. THE LINE STARTS FORMING AT 4PM AND DOORS CLOSE AT 5PM.

Arizona marriage license requirements are simpler than you think!

So, let’s recap…

  1. You’ll need to go to the courthouse with your fiance and I highly recommend scheduling an appointment ahead of time, which you can do online. You’ll need 2 forms of identification. No blood test required.
  2. You’ll need to pay around $120 for your marriage license and certified copy of your marriage certificate.
  3. Then contact me to get it signed and filed!

Want to know why having me sign your license is so much more convenient than the courthouse wedding process? Click here.

If dealing with one way streets and downtown parking, bringing two witnesses with you, and waiting in line for who knows how long sounds inconvenient to you….. fill out my contact form and I can help you take care of it without any of the hassle.

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  1. Amanda Elisa Martinez left a comment on February 8, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I have a question, what does it mean when you say your marriage license is valid for a year? What happens after that year? That part confuses me.

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on February 8, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      If you get your marriage license on Feb. 8th 2018, it’s good until Feb 8th 2019. If you don’t get married in that 12 month period it expires and you’ll have to get a new marriage license.

    • Sharon left a comment on February 25, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      Amanda – it means that you can get married any time up to one year after applying and receiving the license.

  2. Michelin left a comment on February 11, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Can A judge officiate the same day you get you license? Do you need 2 personal witnesses?

  3. NicoLette left a comment on February 16, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Are you only able to have 4 people (you spouse and 2 witnesses) or are you able to bring a few more if you get married at courthouse?

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on March 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      I don’t know, but I don’t think you can bring a bunch of people with you to wait in line with everyone else. It’s not a wedding venue. It’s a court house.

  4. DONALD W Yost left a comment on February 25, 2018 at 6:23 am

    If we got a marriage license in safford az: graham county. Can u go to courthouse in phoenix to get married and if so how much and what is the process?

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on March 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Yes, you can get a license from any county in Arizona and get married in any other county in Arizona. Visit the recorder’s site for more info.

  5. Ryan Beasley left a comment on March 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    My fiance and I want to get married today.. 3/2/2018…Is that possible???

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on March 3, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Sorry for just getting back to you now. My next few days are booked solid and the best way to reach me is by filling out the form on my contact page. If your day is flexible, let me know. If not, good luck!

  6. Marissa left a comment on March 3, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Why does the marriage license expire? I don’t understand that. So you won’t be married anymore until you get another one for the next year. And just keep repeating

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on March 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Once married, always married. If you get your marriage license on January 1, 2018 it’s valid until January 1, 2019. You have one year to get married with that particular marriage license. If you don’t get married in that year, then the license expires and you have to get another one.

      • Bell Cruz left a comment on September 12, 2019 at 7:35 pm

        I know this is a year late but just in case people keep asking a marriage license is pretty much giving you permission to get married then once married you get the marriage certificate. Alot of people are confused. Your marriage license is not the certificate.

        • mattyn73 left a comment on September 13, 2019 at 11:53 pm

          Yes, the “marriage license” gives people legal permission to get married and their “marriage certificate” is what’s sent out after their “marriage license” has been recorded. The “marriage certificate” certifies that the marriage is legal.

  7. Lucretia left a comment on March 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    My fiancé and I are from Georgia. We will be at the Grand Canyon on May 25 Friday. We want to get married. Can you help with this?

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on March 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      I’m booked on May 25th.

  8. Heidi left a comment on March 19, 2018 at 1:28 am

    We’re looking to get married within the next couple of months… could you let me know your availability so far? We’re kind of back and forth as to what we want because we won’t have a lot of people but still want to have a small ceremony and reception.

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on March 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Please submit a inquiry on my contact page.

  9. Ashley left a comment on March 27, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    What is considered two forms of id?

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on March 27, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Driver’s license and a credit card will do.

  10. Ashley left a comment on March 27, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Do you have to bring a witness with you?

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on March 27, 2018 at 11:52 pm

      Yes.

      • Steve left a comment on November 16, 2018 at 4:28 am

        Can you wear a hat in marriage court

        • mattyn73 left a comment on November 16, 2018 at 1:45 pm

          Honestly Steve, I don’t know. The judge might ask you to take it off while signing, but I don’t believe there’s a dress code. If you’d prefer not to worry about it, fill out the form on my contact page and I’ll gladly meet you to sign your license and you can wear whatever you like.

  11. Daniel left a comment on March 27, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    How much is it to get actually married and do you need to bring cash or money order ?

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on March 27, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      I charge anywhere between $150-$695 and accept all forms of payment. The courthouse is $80 and only accepts cash. You can learn more about the courthouse process here: https://firstofficiant.com/courthouse-wedding/

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on April 18, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      The judges charge $80 at the courthouse to sign your license and only accept cash. You must bring your two witnesses with you down to the courthouse to wait in line at 4:30 with everybody else. I’ll meet you and your witnesses wherever you like to sign your Maricopa County marriage license and get it back to the recorder’s office for you, for $150.

  12. Anna left a comment on April 13, 2018 at 5:19 am

    What is the difference between wedding officiant and married at the court house? Can you hire a officiant at the court house?

    • Matt Nathanson left a comment on April 18, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      Judges and justices of the peace work at the courthouse, signing licensees. I don’t believe you will get an actual wedding ceremony from a judge or justice of the peace. It’s really more of a legal thing. Officiants and ministers are self-employed outside of the courthouse system to officiate wedding ceremonies and sign marriage licenses.

  13. Nidia torres left a comment on May 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Will u be able to do today may 3’rd 2018

  14. Haylee Marie Korecky left a comment on May 11, 2018 at 5:03 am

    By paying the 80$ for the courthouse is that making the whole marriage final?

    • mattyn73 left a comment on May 14, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Yes.

  15. Don left a comment on May 14, 2018 at 4:16 am

    I’m a legally ordained Minister in the State of Arizona, is it legal if I perform my own wedding for my fiance and myself?

    • mattyn73 left a comment on May 14, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      No it is not. You will need someone else to sign your license as the authority.

  16. Megan left a comment on June 6, 2018 at 1:00 am

    So you pay $83 for the marriage license correct? And then an additional $80 to the judge to finalize the whole marriage? Just wanting to make sure I’m understanding it right.

    • mattyn73 left a comment on June 6, 2018 at 2:36 am

      The marriage license is $78, I believe. If you want to receive a copy of your “marriage certificate” which you need for name change, once your “marriage license” has been recorded, the total fee is $113.50. The judges charge $80 cash in addition to the cost of your license to sign. You must bring your witnesses with you to the courthouse and get in line at 4:30. The judges start signing at 5pm. You can read more about it here: https://firstofficiant.com/courthouse-wedding/ I charge $150 to sign and file your license, but will gladly meet you and your two witnesses wherever you like, and I gladly accept credit cards. I hope that helps!

      • Diana left a comment on July 3, 2018 at 2:43 am

        Hi, so your fee includes the license & the signing ? So both in one?

        • mattyn73 left a comment on July 4, 2018 at 4:24 pm

          My fee does not include the license itself. You must get that from the county.

  17. Cleopatra left a comment on June 18, 2018 at 4:08 am

    I still don’t get the expired license part , like as much u explained , but what can I do to actually avoid paying for another’s license but still be married . You say once Married Always married but it will expire what does that mean exactly? So when people have big wedding ceremonies do they need their license or is that just for the court. If that’s the case should I just have a ceremony and just avoid going to court instead of dealing with renewing my license I’m confused sorry lol???

    • mattyn73 left a comment on June 18, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      If you want to get married, you must get a marriage license. The marriage license is good for one year. If you don’t get married in the one year from marriage license issue, the marriage license expires and you must get another one to get married legally. If you get your marriage license and get married within 364 days, you’re good. Your license gets recorded and your “marriage certificate” is sent out to you (if you paid for it). The “marriage certificate” proves that your “marriage license” has been recorded and that you’re legally married. I don’t know how else to answer your questions. Big vs. small wedding has nothing to do with it. If you want to get married, you must get a marriage license and get married within one year of the day that marriage license was issued, otherwise the marriage license expires and you must pay for another one.

  18. Jefferson left a comment on June 23, 2018 at 1:51 am

    We want to surprise our families. In a courthouse wedding, can witnesses be provided?

    • mattyn73 left a comment on June 25, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      No. The courthouse will not provide witnesses.

  19. Rabbit left a comment on July 19, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Are two forms of ID still required for marriage license application?
    Are government IDs from another country accepted?

    • mattyn73 left a comment on July 19, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Yes, two forms of ID are required and I assume that if your foreign ID was issued by your government, it’ll be fine.

  20. Jailene left a comment on October 16, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Both me and my boyfriend work throughout the week. Is there any place that does weekend marriages???

    • mattyn73 left a comment on October 16, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      The court does not sign marriage licenses on weekends, but I do! Please fill out my contact form and I’ll get back to you asap.

  21. Calvin Jackson left a comment on October 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I also have a question, the woman that I would like to Mary is incarcerated. I was told that because she will not be at the courthouse with me, I have to get an affidavit. Does that cost??

    • mattyn73 left a comment on October 25, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      I’m sorry, but I have no idea. My best suggestion would be to speak to a lawyer.

    • Everardo left a comment on November 16, 2018 at 4:32 am

      I’m the husband can j dress casual long sleeve shirt jeans and a baseball cap?

      • mattyn73 left a comment on November 16, 2018 at 1:45 pm

        Casual dress should be fine. The judge might ask you to take your hat off while signing, but I don’t believe there’s a dress code. If you’d prefer not to worry about it, fill out the form on my contact page and I’ll gladly meet you to sign your license and you can wear whatever you like.

  22. Haley left a comment on December 3, 2018 at 2:21 am

    I get my marriage license signed and recorded. That counts as married yes? I dont need a wedding. That’s how eloping works?

    • mattyn73 left a comment on December 4, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Yes, once your license is signed and recorded, you are married.

  23. Jordan smaes left a comment on December 10, 2018 at 5:30 am

    I’m an international student. And Me and my girlfriend want to get Married through the Court. What do I need to present? I have my Identification as a student and I also have my driving license.

    • mattyn73 left a comment on January 4, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      You might also need a credit card. Two forms of official ID are required.

  24. EDWARD E JACOBSEN left a comment on January 7, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    What are the qualifications for a witness? Do they have to be character witnesses as well? If just my GF and I come there with no family can you do that?

    thank you
    Edd

    • mattyn73 left a comment on January 7, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      Your witnesses must be 18 or older and be able to sign their names. That’s all that is required. Sometimes I’ll schedule to eloping couples who don’t have witnesses to meet with me, so both couples can sign as each other’s witnesses. Another option would be to meet at a coffee shop and ask two other customers or employees to sign as witnesses. If you’d like to schedule a time, please fill out the form on my contact page. Thanks!

  25. scott ryan left a comment on June 4, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Marriage license fee $78-83.. copy$25..
    Courthouse justice of the peace judge fee $80
    Total$183-188 true or flase

    • mattyn73 left a comment on June 4, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      False. The copy of your marriage certificate might be $30 or $35 and to have a judge or justice of the peace sign your marriage license is $100. If paying a couple bucks more to have significantly more convenience sounds good to you, please fill out my contact form to schedule an appointment. https://firstofficiant.com/contact/

  26. Cashea left a comment on July 2, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Do you have to schedule an appointment to get married in the courthouse if you already have the license or do you just show up?

    • mattyn73 left a comment on July 2, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      You just show up. They don’t take appointments to have your license signed. It’s first come, first served. The line to have a judge sign your license starts at 4pm at the downtown Phoenix courthouse and the line is cut off at 5pm, when the judge starts signing marriage licenses. So, be sure to get there by 4:45 at the latest. If you go on a Monday or Friday, plan to be there for several hours.

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  28. wanda g harris left a comment on August 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    We recently moved here from ohio and we dont know anyone here to be a witness for us is there any way around this issue

  29. david left a comment on August 19, 2019 at 6:48 am

    If we only have one witness can you sign the second witness spot?

  30. Gwen left a comment on August 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Do you only sign and send in the license? Or do you officiate a ceremony? Are there any locations you recommend for a small ceremony with just a few friends that would be good for photos?

    • mattyn73 left a comment on August 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      The answer to your question totally depends on which of my packages you’re referring to. The $150 package is only for quick exchange of vows and then signing and filing your license. For small ceremonies the most popular spots are parks and people’s backyards. Check out the McDowell Mountain Gateway Trail head. There’s an amphitheater that can seat 50 people.

  31. Jo Anne Avila left a comment on September 6, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    We are new to Arizona and don’t know anybody here for witnesses. Do we need to go to court to get our license? And Could you please tell me how we can get married the same day? If possible.

    • mattyn73 left a comment on September 13, 2019 at 11:55 pm

      Yes, you must get your marriage license first and then call me (I’m sometimes able to provide witnesses) or another officiant, or go to the courthouse in downtown Phoenix (with your two witnesses) at 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

  32. Rick left a comment on September 13, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Do you perform same-sex weddings?

    • mattyn73 left a comment on September 13, 2019 at 11:52 pm

      Yes

  33. Rhianna B left a comment on September 22, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Can you use each other as the 2 witnesses?

    I use my to-be “husband” as my witness and he uses me, his to-be “wife” as his witness, resulting in (2) witnesses to the ceremony?

    Thanks

    • mattyn73 left a comment on September 22, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      No you cannot do that. You must have five people total, the couple, two witnesses, and a religious official or judge.

  34. Katie left a comment on September 27, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Are there no places in the east valley that you can get a judge to sign a marriage license?

    • mattyn73 left a comment on September 27, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      There are not. Downtown Phoenix only.

  35. Anissa left a comment on October 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    so i am confused we receive our marriage license first and then we contact you to be at the court house to sign it saying it is official correct because i thought the court provides officiants

    • mattyn73 left a comment on October 25, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      The court house only signs marriage licenses Monday through Friday at 5pm. If that’s not convenient for you, call me!

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