Do I have to take a blood test to get married?
UPDATED: February 20, 2013
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Marriage blood tests are virtually a thing of the past in today’s society. Years ago, a blood test was required when a marriage application was requested by a couple in order to make sure that neither party had a sexually transmitted disease or other potentially harmful disorder that could be transmitted to the other party during marital relations. Because of the questionable efficiency of blood tests in actually preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, however, and because of the extra cost and hassle involved in monitoring and receiving the results of the test, most states have done away with the official requirement for a blood test prior to receiving a marriage license.
Do I Ever Need a Blood Test to Get a Marriage License?
This isn't to say that you'll never need a blood test. A lot depends on where you live, since there are a few states or areas of the country that still have an official requirement for a blood test prior to receiving a marriage license. These states include:
- The District of Columbia,
- Montana, and
What Will I be Tested For?
When a blood test is required, there are a variety of different things the test may be looking for. Some states require a blood test to check for venereal diseases, and a few also test for rubella (also known as German Measles, a disease that is very dangerous to fetuses). Tuberculosis, and sickle-cell anemia may also be identified on a pre-marital blood test. Due to the rise in HIV and AIDS, many states also now require that parties applying for a marital license must be offered an HIV test and/or must be provided with information on AIDS and tests available. Presently, however, no states requires a mandatory premarital HIV/AIDS test.
If you are applying for a marriage license, or planning to apply for one, and you aren't sure about the rules in your state, it is a good idea to contact the court clerk that issues marriage licenses or a family law attorney for guidance and advice.