Arizona is a desirable location for many couples to marry as no blood tests are required and marriage licenses are valid for a year from the date of issue, provided marriages are performed in Arizona. Read on to learn more about Arizona marriage laws.
Arizona Marriage License
Arizona marriage license fees are currently $50.00, which must be paid for in full in cash or money order on the day of your appointment.
Couples who marry in Arizona do not need to be Arizona residents, nor is there a waiting period for them to marry.
First cousins can legally marry in Arizona, provided they are sixty-five years of age or older. Couples who are cousins under the age of sixty-five can only apply for an Arizona marriage license if they can prove to a superior court judge that either or both parties are unable to reproduce. If the bride and groom cannot satisfy these cousin marriage requirements, they will not be allowed to get married in Arizona.
The bride and groom must bring along valid, up to date identification which shows their current address and date of birth. Be sure to also bring along a certified copy of your birth certificates, as some counties in Arizona require certified birth certificates for couples who are under the age of 30.
Arizona Marriage Officiants
Marriages in Arizona can be performed by an ordained minister or member of another legally sanctioned religious officiator, as well as a judge, magistrate, clerk of the circuit court or a clerk or clerk-treasurer of a town or city. Once the marriage has been performed, the officiator must record the marriage on the marriage license and then return it to the clerk of the Superior Court within 20 days after the marriage has been performed.
Couples who have been married before do not need to provide documentary proof that their previous marriages have ended as a prerequisite to marriage in Arizona. But it is still advisable to know the dates when previous marriages were dissolved through divorce or ended in death.
All information must be verified ahead of time with the local marriage license office or county clerk office serving the county where you plan to marry. To find out more about where to apply for an Arizona marriage license, click here to locate the Arizona County Clerk’s Office where your marriage will be performed.
U.S. Marriage Laws