Signing the Marriage License
The Marriage license is to be obtained prior to the wedding ceremony. It requires two witnesses who are usually chosen from the wedding party to be a part in the signing of the license. Normally the Best man and the Maid of Honor sign as witnesses but not necessarily. Anyone who witnesses the wedding and is at least 18 years old can sign as a witness. The Bride will sign this document in her maiden name, as one of the last times she signs a legal document in her maiden name. The pastor or officiant will sign the license also. The bottom portion is mailed back to the County Recorder’s office and the larger top portion is for the Bride and Groom’s possession, and will be used to change the Bride last name.
Additional information – Marriage License, Pima County
To obtain your marriage license both the bride and groom must go downtown to the Court House at 110 West Congress, 85701, Phone: 520- 740-3210. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 9:00 PM) (click here) You will go to the 1st floor Pima County Clerks – Recorders office. You must produce a valid photo ID and pay $50. The license is valid to up to one year time. No blood tests are required and there is no waiting period. The minimum age to obtain a license is 18 years of age, those under age must be accompanied by both parents or legal guardians. Those under age 16 must obtain a court order to marry. There are no residency requirements for obtaining a marriage license and it is valid for ceremonies throughout the state of Arizona.
- No blood test is required to obtain a marriage license. Copies of previous divorce decrees are not required.
- You may be required to provide proof of age to obtain a marriage license.
- You will receive your marriage license at the time you apply for it; so, you can be married on the same day.
- The marriage license is valid for one year, and it can only be used within the State of Arizona.