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Marriage Laws United States Maryland City of Baltimore

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a City of Baltimore marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

City of Baltimore Marriage License Office

Marriage License Department
100 North Calvert Street
Room 628
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 333-3780
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by City of Baltimore

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ID Requirement in City of Baltimore:

If you are between 18 - 21, you must provide identification in the form of a drivers license or birth certificate. Only one applicant needs to be present. We recommend bringing identification with you even if you are over 21.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Maryland. However, you must be married in the county where you purchased your license.

Previous Marriages:

City of Baltimore requires that you show your divorce decree, or have information regarding date, county and state of death of your previous spouse.

Covenant Marriage Option: No.

Waiting Period in City of Baltimore:

There is a waiting period of 48 hours in City of Baltimore to get married.

Fees in City of Baltimore:

It will cost you between $35 - $75.00 to get married in City of Baltimore. Maryland counties will only accept cash ... so call to verify what the county charges for a marriage license and don't leave home without cash to pay for the license!

If you have completed a state recognized pre-marital preparation course, you may receive a discount on the license fee.

Other Tests:

No blood test required.

Proxy Marriages:

No.

Cousin Marriages:

Yes.

Common Law Marriages:

No.

Same Sex Marriages:

No. The 33-year-old Maryland state law defining marriage as a union between a man and woman was struck down on 1/20/06 by Circuit Court Judge M. Brooke Murdock. An appeal is pending.

Under 18:

Parental consent is needed if under 18 years of age. If you are between 16-18 years of age, one of your parents or guardian must be with you and provide written consent.

If you are under 16 years of age, you will need both the written consent of your custodial parent or guardian and the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

If you are under 18, pregnant or have a child, and show a certificate from a licensed physician stating you are pregnant or have had a child, the parental consent requirement may be waived.

Officiants:

Official of a religious order or a deputy clerk or a judge.

Miscellaneous:

License is valid for 6 months.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Maryland Division of Vital Records
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0020

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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