To be married in Seattle, Washington, you need a valid marriage license. Whether you are being married in three days, next week or next month, here are easy steps to obtain and use your license in Seattle.
1) How To Apply and Obtain A Valid Marriage License in Seattle
If you are being married in Seattle, Washington, you need a valid marriage license issued by King County (or any County in Washington State).
To do this, you and your partner will visit a Marriage Licensing office in Seattle/King County during regular business hours. The cost for the license is $64, cash or debit/credit card. No blood test is required and both of you must at least 18 years of age.
When you leave the government office, you’ll walk away with a packet of legal paperwork which you will give to your Officiant or Minister on your wedding day. The person who marries you must review this paperwork before your ceremony takes place and he or she will then get required signatures (both of yours and two witnesses) and return your signed legal document back to the County for processing/certification.
Note: There is a 3-day waiting period from the date your marriage license is issued. What this means is that from the date your license is issued, you must wait 3 full days before you can be legally married. Also, most people who reside in the Seattle area secure their marriage license in Seattle. If by chance you are being married in any other County in Washington State, the license you secure in Seattle/King County is valid in all Counties in Washington State.
For more information, please visit the King County Marriage License website at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx or call (206) 296 4021. All particulars are on this website (including office locations) and while most couples do apply for a license in person, you may initiate the process via phone and regular mail.
2) Get Married in Seattle: How To Use Your Valid License
Once you have your valid license in hand and have exhausted the three-day waiting period, you can get married!
If you have a Minister or Officiant to marry you, fantastic. If you need someone to marry you, fire up Google or your favorite search engine and do a little bit of snooping for someone who resonates with you. For instance, keywords to search under may include “Seattle Wedding Officiant” or “Wedding Minister Seattle.”
Note: Officiant fees vary greatly. If you hire an Officiant or Minister for a more formal or complex ceremony, please get the terms of your agreement/understanding in writing
Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant,Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions. For a more personalized ceremony, go to: http://www.wedbyannemarie.com or if you want to elope or get married ASAP, visit: http://www.elopeseattlestyle.com