Obtaining a Marriage License in Hawaii
1 - Get application form from the License Agent or Download file
(Marriage license applications for downloading are in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (pdf). Adobe Acrobat Reader software must be installed on your computer to download the marriage license application. This software may also be downloaded if you do not already have it on your computer.)
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2 - Fill out marriage license and right-of entry permit (if needed) application forms completely
3 - Make appointment with Marriage License Agent
4 - Bring the following to the Marriage License Agent:
- Marriage License Application Form
- Proof of Age (Driver License, Passport, State I.D.)
- Marriage License Fee in Cash ($65.00) U.S. Funds
The agent will give you the marriage license
5 - Before the Ceremony:
6 - After the Ceremony the marriage performer, couple and witnesses sign marriage license form which then becomes the marriage certificate
- Make sure the marriage performer is commissioned by the State of Hawaii, Department of Health
- Couple presents marriage license to marriage performer
A marriage license and marriage certificate are different documents. The marriage license permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed.
The marriage certificate is prepared and filed by your licensed marriage officiant or performer with the Department of Health. A newly married couple receives one (1) certified copy of the marriage certificate at no extra charge, upon payment of the marriage license fee, which will be sent to the couple by mail (60-120 days) after the marriage has been performed. If a marriage certificate is needed sooner than this, you can apply for one or more additional certified copies.
Marriage performers must be duly licensed by and in the State of Hawaii to perform the marriage ceremony. If desired, you may request the marriage performer to present his/her license for your inspection.
Who is eligible to apply for a marriage license?
- There are no state residence or U.S. citizenship requirements
- Blood tests are not required
- The legal age to marry is 18 years for both males and females
- Males or females of 16 or 17 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents, legal guardian, or the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.
- Males or females of 15 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents or legal guardian, and the written approval of a judge of the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.
- Proof of age is required. A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 years of age or under. A valid I.D. or driver’s license may be presented for anyone 19 years of age or over.
- Cousins may marry. However, the blood relationship between the prospective bride and groom cannot be closer than first cousins.
How to Apply for a Marriage License
- The prospective bride and groom must appear together in person before a marriage license agent to apply for a marriage license. Proxies are not allowed.
- The prospective bride and groom should be prepared to provide the necessary proof of age and present any required written consents and approvals. All of the necessary documents should be obtained prior to applying for a marriage license.
- The prospective bride and groom must prepare an official application and file the application in person with the marriage license agent. Applications are provided by the marriage license agent or may be downloaded. The application will not be accepted if sent by either postal mail or e-mail.
- Upon approval, a marriage license is issued at the time the application is made.
-The fee for a marriage license is $65.00, payable in cash at the time the application is made.
- The marriage license is good only in, but is valid throughout, the State of Hawaii.
- The marriage license expires 30 days from and including the date of issuance, after which it automatically becomes null and void.
- If you do not get married within the 30 days, return the unused license in the pre-addressed envelope provided to you for invalidation.