Marriage in Maryland

Maryland is easily one of the most beautiful places to have a marriage. Any people love to go to a marriage in Maryland simply because of the look and feel that is found all over the state. People can easily get caught up in the beauty of the state, forgetting that there are still rules and regulations that govern all marriages in Maryland. These rules and regulations are not strict, and should not stop many from enjoying a marriage in Maryland, but need to be known and understood so that no slip ups occur.

Age Limits and Information

Age is something that is usually similar between all states, but can have some small differences with marriage in Maryland. Those who are under 18 will need parental consent, and will need at least one parent/guardian present to be able to obtain a license. Those who are under 16 will need the approval of a judge, as well as the consent of a parent. Luckily, those who are pregnant or actually have a child can have the parental consent waved.

Identification Information

Those who are over 21 do not necessarily need to bring large amounts of identification. Those who are between 18 and 21 will need to provide information in the form of a driver's license or a birth certificate. As in any situation, however, having all forms of identification on you for use is the best way to go.

Times and Fees

There is a 48 hour waiting period after you have obtained the marriage license. The marriage license is actually good for six months after it is issued, however. As with any marriage license, there is a fee to get married in Maryland. The fee may vary between $40 and $60. This fee will vary, depending on the county that you choose. While many states wish for you to pay with cash, Maryland generally accepts both cash and credit cards.

Other Information

There are no tests required to have a marriage in Maryland, and you can have a marriage in Maryland even if you do not live in Maryland, as long as you are married in the country that you purchase your marriage license in.

If you are someone who has had a divorce, you must be able to have the information that shows that you were officially divorced (or the death certificate if widowed). This is just to assure that you are not still married, or have yet to finish the divorce process.

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