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A marriage license issued by our office may be used anywhere within the State of Oregon.
To obtain a license, the Groom and the Bride must complete this license application worksheet, available in fillable PDF format:
Marriage License Worksheet (PDF, opens in new window)
This worksheet can be completed and brought into our office to help expedite the licensing process.
You must present your drivers license, passport or other government issued ID to obtain a Marriage License. No blood tests or physicals are required.
Plan on arriving no later than 4:30 p.m. to apply for your marriage license to allow sufficient time for the application process prior to closing. We do NOT issue Marriage Licenses through the mail. The bride and groom must apply for their Marriage License IN-PERSON. There are NO exceptions.
Payment must be received at the time of application via check, cash, money order or recognized PIN debit or credit card.
You must be 18 years of age or older to obtain a license without the consent of a parent or guardian. Persons 17 years of age may obtain a marriage license by either presenting a notarized consent form or by bringing their parent with them when they apply. No one under 17 years of age is allowed to be married in Oregon - there are no exceptions.
Beginning January 1st, 2008, House Bill 3120 requires, both the bride and groom to establish the legal name each will take after their marriage ceremony on the Marriage License, Application, and Record of Marriage form. There are certain combinations of legal names that can be taken through this process. See this PDF document for additional information on "Legal Names" that can be taken.
There is a three-day waiting period before the license becomes valid and the couple can get married. The waiting period can be waived for legitimate reasons, ignorance of this law or the couple just can't wait to be married are not considered legitimate reasons. The determination for the acceptance or rejection of waiver requests are made by the County Clerk or a Circuit Court Judge.
Once the license becomes effective you have 60 days to have the ceremony performed anywhere in Oregon.
The fee for a marriage license in Benton County is $52, this includes a designer marriage certificate, and is payable at the time of application via check, cash, money order or a recognized PIN debit or credit card. Certified copies can be pre-purchased at the time of application at a reduced fee of $4 per certified copy. Certified copies are often needed when proof of marriage is required and are issued after the completed marriage license is returned to our office following the marriage ceremony.
*Public Notice: The Records & Licenses Office is now be able to accept Master Card and VISA Debit Cards, as well as, Master Card and Discover Credit Cards. "consumer convenience fees" are applicable with this payment option.
The fee for scheduling a civil marriage ceremony in Benton County is $100. The County Clerk and Circuit Court Judges share this task on a weekly alternating basis. Two civil marriage ceremony time slots are available to be scheduled each Tuesday on a first come, first serve, scheduling basis. One Tuesday civil ceremony is performed at 4:15 p.m. and the other at 4:30 p.m.
To determine if a civil ceremony time slot is available, or if you have any questions, call the Records & Licenses Office at 541-766-6831. Please, plan on paying the ceremony scheduling fee when you obtain your marriage license, if you are going to request a civil marriage ceremony. If you already have a valid Oregon marriage license, issued by any county in the State of Oregon, you must bring it into our office in order to schedule a civil ceremony.
If you wish to schedule a non-civil ceremony we are aware of the following individuals that may be able to assist you: Non-Civil Ceremony Contacts
A marriage license issued by The Benton County Records & Licenses Office may be used anywhere within the State of Oregon.