Montana is a beautiful state that aptly lives up to its name of “Big Sky Country”. Couples wishing to marry in Montana will have a memorable wedding experience that will hopefully stay with them for many years to come. The first step in getting married in Montana is to obtain a marriage license from the Clerk of the District Court in any county in Montana. A Montana marriage license is valid for 6 months. But what else do couples need to know before they marry in Montana?
Couples over the age of 18 who are not residents of Montana can still marry in Montana without having to fulfil any residency requirements. However, if both the bride and groom are non-residents marrying in Montana, they will need to obtain a marriage license from the Clerk of the county where the marriage ceremony will take place. There is no waiting period to marry in Montana, unless you are a minor aged 16 or 17, waiting to get married.
The bride is required to submit to a blood test to check for Rubella before she is allowed to marry in Montana. There are currently no blood test requirements for the groom.
The bride and groom must provide identification when they apply for their marriage license, as proof of their ages, names, previous marriage (and proof that those marriages ended in divorce, annulment or death). A witness is also required when you sign for a Montana marriage license, so bring along your best man or other witness who will be at your wedding. The bride will need to know what her married name will be when she signs the marriage certificate, as this will be the name used on the application.
Surprisingly, some couples assume that once they have received their marriage license in the post that they are now married. However, a marriage license does not constitute a marriage. A marriage ceremony must still be performed before witnesses in a religious or civil marriage ceremony. Once the marriage ceremony has been performed, the marriage license will be signed by the officiator and sent off for validation.
Advance planning and preparation will ensure that your marriage goes according to plan. Non-residents and residents over the age of 18 can marry in Montana without having to endure a lengthy waiting period, with only the bride required to take a blood test. A marriage license does not mean a couple are legally married, so be sure to follow through with a marriage ceremony in the presence of witnesses in order to legalise your union. To learn more about where to obtain a marriage license in Montana, click here for more information.
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