What do I Need to Get Married in Las Vegas
A good friend of mine recently clasped on the ball and chain and made it official! That is to say they got married! Being a part of the marriage process gave me a pretty good idea as to the stresses and decisions of a couple being married in Las Vegas. Not only are there "wedding chapels" on almost every corner, but they make it seem as if you can walk in and get married (you can't). I hope this hub saves you some time, money, and headaches.
Before you can say I do
At the current moment, Nevada only provides marriage licenses, which you'll need to provide at whatever establishment you go to get officially married, to a couple containing a male and a female. (Are you part of a same sex couple, and that just crushed your dreams? Skip to the bottom for more info.) Each participant must be over the age of 18, and parental consent can be given to those aged 16 and 17. If you're a minor, you must have your birth certificate. If you have a legal guardian, the guardian must provide guardianship papers. Make sure you have $60 in cash! The marriage license fee is payable by cash, cashier’s check, money order, or credit card, but there's a $5 charge for credit cards.
For the Divorced and Widowed!
Make sure you know the exact date (month/day/year) along with the city and state that you were divorced or widowed. You will need to provide the exact date, but no further proof or documentation is needed.
Fortunately, you really don't need much identification to be married in Las Vegas! All you need is something with an accurate photo, name, and date of birth. You will need the original for each ID, but you only need one form of identification. Proper ID includes:
- Driver's License
- Military ID
- Driver's Instruction Permit
- Permanent Resident Card
- Certificate of Naturalization
For a complete list of what's acceptable, see the official website here.
The Las Vegas Marriage Bureau will be located inside.
Now you can go to the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau
So the checklist should be something like this:
- A form of ID to prove age
- Parental consent if you're a minor
- Divorce information or widow information if applicable
- You should have your soon to be spouse!
Make things quicker and easier and fill out the form online! The Marriage Bureau is currently open from 8am to midnight, even on holidays. You can reach them by phone at (702) 671-0600. There's no wait period or blood testing.
What if my soon to be spouse can't come to the court room?
There are exceptions made for those who can't make it before a clerk, but these are generally only made for those unable to come to court at all. There are specific forms for individuals who are hospitalized or incarcerated.
Marriages for Non-U.S. Citizens
If you're only concerned about being married in the U.S., you should be fine with the steps above, but if you are going back to a foreign country and want your marriage to be recognized you should stay on the safe side and follow these steps.
- Check with your local officials and government to see what they would need to recognize your marriage.
- Purchase a certified copy of the Affidavit of Issuance of Marriage License when you go to the Marriage License Bureau.
- Just in case, get apostilles, an authentication of signatures, which is sometimes required in other countries.
The Next Step, Finding a Wedding Venue
Once you have the marriage certificate, it's just a matter of finding a proper wedding chapel or establishment! There, a person certified to oversee and declare marriages in the state of Nevada will marry you, have the three of you sign the document, and they will mail it to the appropriate authorities. Voila! Congratulations mister and misses [last name here]! For a list of excellent wedding chapels, see my list here.
What About Renewing My Vows In Las Vegas?
The Las Vegas Marriage Bureau does not currently issue certificates for marriage renewals (unless you want to get divorced and remarried). The good news is that you shouldn't need one! There are plenty of chapels and venues to renew your vows without too much pesky documentation needed. You can see my recommended list here.
"Weddings" for Same-Sex Couples
It may seem strange that in the city of sin, gay marriage isn't allowed. Well, it might not be so strange if you consider that it might not be sinful at all...But either way, there are multiple venues to choose from for a celebratory ceremony to symbolize a couples pact with each other! You can see my recommended list here.