Obtaining a Marriage License

Starting July 1

The Auditor's Office  will start accepting walk-in request for all services. Face masks are still required inside the courthouse at all times, regardless of vaccination status and the number of people allowed in the office lobby will be limited.

Remote options are available for completing most transactions.  Many questions and services can be answered online, by phone, or by mail.  In addition, a drop box is available outside our lobby doors for document submittal.  Covid-19 is still a concern and the health and safety of our community and employees is our top priority.

Limited In-Office* Services by Appointment Only 

Available appointment times are between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for the following services only:

  • Mobile Home Transactions
  • Map Recordings
  • Marriage Licensing
Appointments may be made by calling 360-778-5100 or emailing
*Face masks are required for all citizens entering the Auditor's Office
  1. Before You Apply
  2. Apply for a Marriage License
  3. Have a Ceremony
  4. Complete and Return Certificate

Applicant Requirements

  • Both applicants must have current photo ID as proof of age and identity.
  • Both applicants must currently be unmarried.
  • Both applicants must not be nearer of kin to each other than second cousins, whole or half blood.
  • 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 filed before applying for a new marriage license. 
  • Application fee is $62.00.

Age Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old, unless they satisfy the requirements for underage applicants listed below.
  • 17-year old applicants can apply if one of the following conditions is met:
    • Applicants who are 17 years of age must be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian who can provide consent on a parent or legal guardian consent form. Please bring a certified copy of the applicant's birth certificate or documents establishing legal guardianship.
    • Applicants who are 17 years of age and are legally emancipated must bring the court-certified copy of the emancipation document with them to apply.
  • 16-year old applications and younger must obtain a family court waiver from superior court. 

Residency and Citizenship Requirements

  • Marriage license applicants do not have to reside in Washington State or Whatcom County.
  • A marriage license purchased from any county in Washington State can be used to get married anywhere in Washington State.
  • A marriage license obtained in Washington State cannot be used to get married in another state or country.
  • Applicants are not required to have a U.S. Social Security number in order to obtain a marriage license. However, one of the marriage license forms requires the inclusion of one's Social Security number OR the applicant's signature on a declaration that they do not have a U.S. Social Security number. This will not impair the couple's ability to receive their marriage license.
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