Marriage License

 A marriage license is valid for 30 days, based on time of application. It must be used in that time period. It is only valid in the State of Delaware. The waiting period is 24 hours (based on time of application) for all applicants, online and in-person.

A marriage license may be obtained during the hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Sussex County Administrative Building, Room 268, Second floor, 2 The Circle,  in Georgetown, Del.

  • If appearing in person, please allow at least 20 minutes for the marriage application process.

 

Applying for a Marriage License

In Person:

  • Both applicants must appear together when applying for a marriage license.
  • Each applicant is required to show valid photo identification. The identification may be a driver’s license, a State-issued identification card, a passport or a military identification.
  • Two proofs of address are required when using a passport as photo identification.
  • In order to apply for a marriage license an applicant must be at least eighteen years of age. If either applicant is under the age of eighteen, they are considered minors and must petition Delaware Family Court for authorization to marry.
  • Applicants may not be related to each other.
  • Applicants must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • No blood test is required.
  • If a female applicant is divorced and has legally reclaimed her maiden name, we require the original, true copy or a certified copy of the name change court papers. Photocopies will not be accepted.
  • If either applicant has been married and the marriage was terminated by divorce or annulment, the last divorce or annulment decree is required. It must be signed by a judge and bear a seal indicating that it is the original, true copy or a certified copy. Photocopies will not be accepted.
  • If either applicant has been married and the marriage was terminated by death, we require the original, true copy or a certified copy of the death certificate. Photocopies will not be accepted.
  • If either applicant is on probation or parole, written permission to marry is required from their probation or parole officer.
  • If either applicant requires an interpreter, they must provide their own. The interpreter must be at least eighteen years of age.

 

Online:

Once the online application is filled in completely, your online license application will be processed. Note: you will note receive anything in the mail regarding this transaction.

• Are you currently on Probation or Parole? 

If yes, you must have the Department of Corrections authorization to apply for a marriage license. 

• Are you in a prohibited degree of relationship or party to a previous civil union or legal domestic partnership? 

Related in anyway to one another or still married to someone else? If yes, you cannot apply for a marriage license. Please call our office for further information at (302) 853-1717.

In filling out an online application, the applicant is ordering a marriage license from the Sussex County Marriage Bureau. It must be picked up by both applicants at the Sussex County Marriage Bureau and can be used anywhere in the State of Delaware.

When you pick up your license, you cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

In addition to the purchase price, the credit card provided will be charged $14.95 by Go Certificates for processing your order. All transactions are final and no refunds will be given.