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In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license at least one month before your wedding. You do not want to apply too early since the licenses in Florida are only valid for 60 days. If you do not complete your ceremony within that time frame you will have to reapply and pay the fees again. You will need to bring in your valid photo identification and completed pre-marital counseling certificate if applicable. The Clerk of the Court's fee will vary by county, be sure to contact your local office directly for more complete information.
Find offices for counties in central Iowa:
Adair | Black Hawk | Boone | Dallas | Greene | Grundy | Guthrie | Hamilton | Hardin | Jasper | Madison | Mahaska | Marion | Marshall | Polk | Poweshiek | Story | Tama | Warren | Webster
Marriage LAWS IN IOWA
On your wedding day, you'll give your wedding officiant your marriage license and after the ceremony he/she will sign it and return it to the Clerk of the Court for processing and recording. You should receive your official Marriage Certificate within 2-3 weeks.
- ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license and your Social Security card or a valid passport number or I-94 card.
- Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Iowa. The waiting period does not apply to non-Florida residents.
- Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.
- Waiting Period: No waiting period for Florida residents who have both completed a state sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last 12 months. There is a three-day waiting period for Florida residents who have not taken the course.
- If Divorced: If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be supplied. If the divorce or spouse's death occurred within the past 30 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate is required.
- Fees: $88.50 - cash only. Couples who have completed a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the past 12 months are entitled to a discount of $32.50. A roster of providers is available in any Clerk's Office issuing marriage licenses.
- Other Tests: No blood test requirement.
- Under 18: If an individual is under 18 years of age, but older than 16 years of age, a marriage license can be obtained with parental consent. If a parent has sole custody or the other parent is dead, the permission of one parent is sufficient. If a person is under the age of 16, the marriage license has to be issued by a county judge, with or without parental permission. If a minor's parents are both deceased and there is not an appointed guardian, he/she may apply for a marriage license. A minor who has been previously married may also apply for a license. A minor who swears that they have a child or are expecting a baby, can apply for a license if the pregnancy has been verified by a written statement from a licensed physician. A county court judge may at his/her discretion issue or not issue a license for them to marry.
- Proxy Marriages: Not allowed in Florida.
- Valid: License is valid for 60 days.
- The license can only be used within the State of Iowa.