1. Contact the courthouse to inquire about their marriage requirements and application forms:
When contacting the courthouse, couples should make sure to ask any questions they may have regarding the application process and legal requirements for marriage. They should also enquire if there are any fees associated with submitting their application or taking part in the ceremony. Additionally, couples should check if the courthouse has any age or residency requirements that they must meet in order to get married.
2. Gather all required identification documents:
In advance of their wedding day, couples should make sure to gather together all relevant documentation needed for the marriage application, such as birth certificates and driver’s licenses. Depending on their residence, some couples may also be required to provide additional forms of identification such as social security numbers or passport information.
3. Make copies of all required identification documents:
In addition to gathering all the necessary paperwork, it is important for couples to make copies of each document for safekeeping in case anything happens to them during the ceremony or afterwards.
4. Complete the marriage application form and submit it to the courthouse, along with payment details:
Couples should make sure to fill out their marriage application form carefully and accurately in order to ensure that everything is in place before they arrive at the courthouse. They should also inquire about any payment details or fees associated with submitting their application.
5. Have 2 witnesses available on the day of your ceremony or provide their contact information to the court:
Having two witnesses present on the day of your wedding ceremony is a requirement for many courthouses. In addition, couples must provide contact information for these witnesses so that they can be contacted as needed. If couples do not have two people who are available to witness their wedding, they may also ask if they can provide two written statements from witnesses instead.
6. Arrive at the courthouse on your scheduled wedding date with all required paperwork and identification:
On the day of their ceremony, couples should make sure to arrive at the courthouse early with all necessary documents and identification. This includes their application form, copies of their identification documents, and payment details (if applicable).
7. Complete your marriage ceremony in front of a clerk or justice of the peace:
Once all documentation has been reviewed by the court clerk or justice of the peace, they will proceed with conducting the marriage ceremony. Typically this process is straightforward, but couples should ask about any special instructions that may be needed for their particular situation.
8. Get your marriage certificate from the courthouse:
After their ceremony is complete, couples should receive their marriage certificate from the court. This document is an important piece of evidence that verifies a couple’s legal relationship and should be kept in a safe place for future reference. Couples should also inquire about any fees associated with obtaining this certificate and what tasks they must complete to receive it.