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Obtaining a Marriage LIcense

In the State of Maryland, you must to go the Clerk of the Court for the county that the ceremony is to be performed in. For example: if you live in Montgomery County and will be having the ceremony in Carroll County, you must have the license issued by the Clerk of the Court for Carroll County.

Once the license is issued, it is valid for a period of six months. There is however, a TWO DAY waiting period from the time the license is issued. No valid ceremony can be performed within that two day waiting period. Once you receive the license, you will notice that there are three copies in the packet. The first copy is the one filled out by the Officiant and presented to the couple after the ceremony. The second copy (usually green) is completed by the Officiant and returned to the Clerk of the Court within 5 days of performing the ceremony. The third copy is for the Officiant’s records.

In Washington, DC, the couple must go to the Court House and obtain the Marriage License. When filling out the information, The District of Columbia requires that the name of the Officiant is supplied and the name is printed out on the license. Once this has been issued, no other clergy can perform the ceremony. If the couple resides in another state, they can fill out an online application for the Marriage License. The Officiant can then file that application and obtain the license for the couple. There is an extra charge of $150.00 for the filing fee. 

Certified Copies

Once the ceremony has been performed and the license signed, the couple is “married” according to the laws of the State. However, many government agencies, such as Social Security and the MVA as well as insurance companies will not accept the signed copy of the Marriage License as proof of marriage. Once the green copy has been returned to the Clerk of the Court and has been filed, the couple must obtain a CERTIFIED COPY issued by the Clerk of the Court. 


Courthouses in Maryland

ALLEGANY COUNTY

Clerk of Ciruit Court
30 Washington Street
Cumberland, MD 21270
(301) 777-5922
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M – F
Closed for holidays Observed by Allegany County


ANNE ARUNDEL

Clerk of Circuit Court
7 Church Circle    
Annapolis, MD 21404
(410) 222-1397
8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. / M – F
Closed for holidays Observed by Anne Arundel County


BALTIMORE CITY

Marriage License Department
100 North Calvert Street
Room 628
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 333-3780
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by City of Baltimore


BALTIMORE COUNTY

Clerk of the Court
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 887-2607
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Baltimore County


CALVERT COUNTY

Circuit Court County Courthouse
175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
(410) 535-1600 ext 269
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Calvert County


CAROLINE COUNTY

Circuit Court
109 Market Street
Denton, MD 21629
(410) 479-1811
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M – F
Closed for holidays Observed by Caroline County


CARROLL COUNTY

Circuit Court
55 North Court Street, Room G8
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 386-2022
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Carroll County


CECIL COUNTY

Circuit Clerk
129 East Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921
(410) 996-5318
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Cecil County


CHARLES COUNTY

Circuit Court
200 Charles Street
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 932-3240
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M – F
Closed for holidays Observed by Charles County


DORCHESTER COUNTY

Clerk of Court
206 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
(410) 228-0480
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M – F
Closed for holidays Observed by Dorchester County


FREDERICK COUNTY

Circuit Court
100 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 600-1976
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Frederick County


GARRETT COUNTY

Circuit Court Courthouse
Alder Street
Oakland, MD 21550
(301) 334-1937
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Garrett County


HARFORD COUNTY

Clerk Of Court
20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
(410) 838-6000
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Harford County


HOWARD COUNTY

The Thomas Dorsey Building
9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 313-5850
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F


KENT COUNTY

Court Clerk Circuit
103 N Cross Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
(410) 778-7460
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M – F
Closed for holidays Observed by Kent County


MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Court Clerk
50 Maryland Avenue
Room 111
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 777-9460
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Montgomery County


PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Room L15
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(301) 952-3288
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Prince George's County


QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY

Circuit Court
100 Courthouse Square
Centreville, MD 21617
(410) 758-1773
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Queen Anne's County


ST. MARY’S COUNTY

Court Clerk
23150 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonard Town, MD 20650
(301) 475-4568
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by St. Mary's County


SOMERSET COUNTY

Court Clerk
30512 Prince William Street
Princess Anne, MD 21853
(410) 651-1555
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Somerset County


TALBOT COUNTY

Circuit Court
11 N. Washington Street
Suite 16
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 822-2611
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Talbot County


WASHINGTON COUNTY

Court Clerk
95 West Washington
Hagerstown, MD 21741
(301) 791-3085
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M – F
Closed for holidays Observed by Washington County


WICOMICO COUNTY

Court Clerk
101 North Division
Salisbury, MD 21801
(410) 543-6551
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Wicomico County


WORCHESTER COUNTY

Court Clerk
1 West Market Street
Snow Hill, MD 21863
(410) 632-1221
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Worcester County