Obtaining a Marriage License

Apply Online

Apply online for your marriage license
Once you submit your marriage application you will receive an email with instructions for completing the application process. Both applicants need to come into the Whatcom County Auditor's Office with photo ID to pay for the marriage license.

Waiting Period

The 3 day waiting period begins the day you sign the marriage application and pay the marriage license fee. You may not get married during this waiting period. The marriage license is valid for 60 days following the 3 day waiting period.


  • Both applicants must be 18 years of age or older and currently unmarried.
  • Applicants who are 17 years of age or under must have written permission by one parent or legal guardian. Such consent must be sworn to and signed before a notary public or deputy auditor. Applicants 16 years of age or under must also have written consent from a Superior Court Judge.
  • Proof of divorce from a previous spouse, or death of a spouse, is not required to obtain a marriage license. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the final decree of divorce is signed before applying for a new marriage license.
  • The license is only valid for marriages that are performed within Washington State. Applicants do not have to be residents of Washington to obtain a marriage license.


The current fee for a marriage license is $60. We accept U.S. currency, cashier's check, money order and most credit/debit cards (a convenience fee applies). Personal checks are not accepted. The marriage license is void and non-refundable if the marriage does not take place within 60 days of issue.

Out of County Marriage Application

If you live in another county in Washington you can:
  • Apply at your local Auditor's office
  • Apply at the Whatcom County Auditor's office
A marriage license purchased from any county in the state of Washington can be used in any county in the state of Washington. After your ceremony the marriage certificate is returned to the county of application. 

Out of State Marriage Applicat​ion

If you are applying for a marriage license from out of state fill out the online application. Once you click the submit button send an email to recording@co.whatcom.wa.us requesting a mail-in marriage application. 
Please include your name, mailing address, phone number and marriage date when submitting your request. You will receive an email response with further instructions.