MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
- A couple must apply together, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- A translator is required if one of the parties does not speak English. The translator must have proper identification and must be at least 18 years of age.
- The office is closed daily from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.
- Marriage licenses are valid for 30 days. The ceremony must be in the state of Delaware.
- A marriage license must be obtained at least 24 hours prior to the wedding ceremony (Residents and Non-Residents).
- Marriage license fee is $70.00 if either applicant is a Delaware resident (proof of address is required); $120.00 fee if neither applicant is a Delaware resident. (This includes the recording fee of $20.00 )
- Identification requirements:
- A valid DMV issued ID/Driver's License, Passport, Consulate ID or Military ID (Active Military Duty) is required. ID must include date of birth. PROOF OF ADDRESS IS REQUIRED. To verify the authenticity of an applicant's identification, the office of the clerk of the peace may also require additional documentation such as a birth certificate or social security card.
- The current name on your valid identification will be the name used for your marriage license.
- You will be asked to provide your parent's birth names, place of residency and birth please have this information prior to applying.
- Ceremony fee is $50.00 for marriages performed at the Office of the Clerk of the Peace if either applicant is a Delaware resident; $100.00 fee if neither applicant is a Delaware resident. All fees are due at the time of application and are non-refundable. Cash/ Credit only. No appointments will be made by telephone.
- Our designated Wedding Day is Wednesday. Ceremonies are performed by appointment only. To inquire about special scheduling and options, or for information, please call (302) 395-7780.
- If applicants have previously been married, an original or certified copy of the divorce decree, annulment, dissolution, or death certificate from the most recent marriage is required. A certified translation must be presented with original or certified documents that are not in English. You will need to know the dates of your previous marriage and where it took place. Please have this information available.
- Special written authorization to marry is required for applicants on probation or parole before applying. The couple should contact probation or parole before they apply for the marriage license.
- APPLICANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE TO MARRY IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.
- You cannot be related to each other.
- You cannot be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of application or during a wedding ceremony.
- Marriage license gift certificates are also available.
- Couples getting married in New Castle County are encouraged to make certain that the person performing their wedding ceremony is authorized to do so. Please visit our listing of "Suspended Officiators" on this page.
- You will be asked to verify the accuracy of the information on the marriage license before it is issued to ensure all the information provided is accurate and spelled correctly at the time of application. Any corrections made after license has been recorded may require a certified copy fee.
Effective July 1, 2013, same sex marriages became legal in Delaware.
Couples getting married in New Castle County are encouraged to make certain that the person performing their wedding ceremony is authorized to do so. Please visit our listing of "Suspended Officiators" on this page.