Before a wedding can be legally performed the prospective bride and groom must obtain a marriage license from the county clerks office.
The marriage license must be given to the individual that is officiating over the wedding ( such as a: minister, reverend, priest, rabbi or judge ) before the wedding is performed. The officiant will oversee the paper work and complete their part so it can be returned back to the county clerks office. This is what makes the marriage binding and legally recognized.
After the marriage license has been recorded in the county clerks you can obtain a copy of it from your records. The bride will need to obtain a copy of the recorded marriage license from the county clerk’s office to make a name change on her social security card, drivers license, insurance card and any other records or licenses that may need to updated.
The county clerk’s office charges a $2 fee to obtain a copy of this document once it has been recorded.
Requirements For Obtaining A Marriage License In Marion County:
Marriage licenses can be issued on the same day of application. There is no legal waiting period to obtain a marriage license and no witnesses are required. Both applicants must appear at the county clerk’s office in person to complete the application. However, they may come in at different times. If necessary requirements are not met on the same day, the application may be held for no longer 60 days, after which time, it will be voided. Once issued, a marriage license is valid for 60 days during which time the marriage must be performed.
If either applicant has been married previously, the license application requires information on the month, year and manner ( e.g., divorced, death, annulment ) in which the marriage ended. If either applicant has been divorced for less than 60 days, a copy of the divorce decree must be provided.
Indiana Residents must obtain a license in the county in which at least one of them resides.
Out of state residents must obtain a marriage license in the county in which the marriage will be performed. Both applicants must apply for their license in person.
Where to apply:
Marion County Clerks
Marriage License Division
200 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
Telephone number (317)327-4720
Open 8:00 a.m. to 4: p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays and election days.
Telephone numbers for other Central
Indiana County Clerks Offices:
Boon County (765) 482-3510
Hamilton County (317) 776-9629
Hancock County (317) 477-1109
Hendricks County (317) 745-9351
Johnson County (317-736-3708
Madison County (765) 641-9443
Morgan County (765) 342-1025
Shelby County (317) 392-6320