With breathtaking views, world-class entertainment, and endless wedding chapels, it’s no wonder why more and more couples are flocking to Las Vegas to get hitched. While getting married in the entertainment capital of the world is easier than ever, there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget. At the top of your to-do list should be getting a marriage license in Las Vegas.
In this blog, we’re going to show you how to get your marriage license in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Marriage License Requirements
Las Vegas makes it incredibly easy to get a marriage license. Just last year, 75,000 marriage licenses were issued by the Clark County marriage license bureau. Before making your way to the Marriage License Bureau, we recommend filling out the pre-application on their website www.MLIC.Vegas. Upon completion, you’ll receive a confirmation number which you’ll take to the marriage license bureau located Downtown Las Vegas at 201 E. Clark Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89101. They’re open every day, 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. to midnight. With your reference number in hand, you’ll be allowed to bypass the regular line and expedite things at the “Express Window.” Your reference number will continue to be active in the system for 60 days.
If you didn’t pre-register online, don’t worry! You and your fiancé can still complete all forms in-person and collect your marriage license at the Clark County Marriage License Bureau.
How Much is a Marriage License in Las Vegas?
In the state of Nevada, a marriage license will cost you about $77. It’s important to note the license bureau only accepts cash, credit card, cashier’s check, traveler’s check, or money order.
What are the Acceptable Forms of Photo Identification?
Within 60 days of pre-registering for a marriage license, you’ll need to go to the Las Vegas Marriage License Bureau in person to pick up the license. You and your partner must both be present and show them a form of photo identification, such as:
- Valid Driver’s License
- U.S. or foreign country issued I.D. card showing your photo and birthdate
- Military Identification
- Resident Alien Card
As a bonus, the state of Nevada does not require blood tests. The county clerk will then issue your marriage license certificate and souvenir certificate of the marriage license. You’ll need to take these documents to your officiant, who will turn in your paperwork with the Clark County Clerk within ten days.
How Can I Get a Certified Copy of the Marriage Certificate?
You can then visit www.MLIC.Vegas once again after getting married to order an official copy of marriage license. You will have to wait ten days after your ceremony for the officiant to file the paperwork. Ringing in at an affordable $15, certified marriage certificates may be necessary for filing taxes or changing one’s name.
How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Married In Vegas?
To get legally married in Las Vegas, applicants must be at least 18 years of age. If you’re between the ages of 16 or 17, you must have parental or legal guardian consent. Proof of age and proof of identity of the person giving permission may also be required. If a parent or guardian is not present, a notarized affidavit is mandatory. If you are under 16, marriage can only be authorized by court order when either a parent or legal guardian have filed the request. If you have questions regarding age requirements, we recommend giving the license bureau a call at (702) 671-0600.
Is There a Waiting Period?
Fortunately, there is no waiting period in Las Vegas. As soon as you get your marriage license, you are welcome to head down to The Little Vegas Chapel to have your paperwork signed and become legally married! It’s important to note that couples need at least one witness to the wedding ceremony. At Little Vegas Chapel, we’ll make sure to supply one for you.
Are LGBTQ Weddings Legally Recognized in Las Vegas?
We’re proud to say that Las Vegas officially ended the legal fight for gay marriage and has been handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples for over four years. The most crucial step in planning your gay wedding is making it legal by obtaining a marriage license. The LGBTQ community and The Little Vegas Chapel work hand-in-hand to provide a welcoming environment for all of our guests.
What is the Difference Between a Legal Marriage and a Commitment Ceremony?
A legal marriage is the joining of two people in matrimony by a person qualified by law to perform the ceremony after the couple has obtained a valid marriage license. A commitment ceremony is a ceremony in which a couple shows their lifelong commitment to one another without legally getting married.
These ceremonies are performed with many similarities to an actual Vegas wedding. You can exchange rings, write and say your vows of love, be pronounced a committed couple, sign a commitment certificate, and enjoy a photo session with our wedding photographer.
The Little Vegas Chapel welcomes both legal marriages and commitment ceremonies. If a pretend wedding ceremony sounds like the perfect fit for you and your partner, check out our Traditional Pretend Wedding Packages or Pretend Elvis Wedding Packages!
Do I Need Legal Documents for a Vow Renewal?
We get asked this question quite often. Fortunately for couples planning to renew their vows, you do not need to worry about obtaining a license or paying any state fees. Vow renewals are only symbolic, sentimental ceremonies designed to share your love. You will still need an officiant for a vow renewal to preside over the ceremony.
Get Married at The Little Vegas Chapel
The Little Vegas Chapel would be honored to spend this season of love with you. After you obtain your marriage license, feel free to contact us to set up a ceremony to get your paperwork officiated by one of our caring ministers. Our Las Vegas wedding experts are here to make your big day unique and help you create and capture long-lasting memories. We can accommodate all budgets, whether you are looking for an elegant, traditional wedding ceremony or vow renewal. We can do it all!