Marriage License Information

NDCC 14-03
  • Marriage certificate is good for 60 days from the day it is issued.
  • Fee is $65.00.
  • Both parties need to be present to complete the application (unless using absent application form). Make sure they understand that they are signing under OATH.
  • If either party is divorced, a CERTIFIED COPY of the Divorce Decree is required and must stay on file with the application. Certified copies of Divorce Decrees can be obtained from the Clerk of Court in the county where they were divorced.
  • ID (preferably photo ID) verifying date of birth is required.
  • License can be issued and used in any county in North Dakota; license must be returned to the county it was obtained from.
  • A certified copy of a marriage license is $5.00.
  • If the County Recorder officiates the ceremony and the couple is getting married on premises during business hours, the ceremony fee is $30.00.
  • If the County Recorder is performing the ceremony off premises after hours, the Recorder will set the fee.
  • On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court granted the right to marry to same-sex couples and an order was issued by Ralph R. Erickson, Chief District Judge of the United States District Court in North Dakota granting motion to lift stay.
  • NDCC 14-03-09 was amended effective August 1, 2013 which allows Recorders, unless the County Commissioners designate a different official, to solemnize a marriage at any location within the State of North Dakota.