UPDATED: November 29, 2010
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The state of Delaware has specific requirements for obtaining a marriage license. Couples need not be residents of the state, but must wait 4 days following the application for the marriage license to be issued. Furthermore, minors must get the consent of their parents. The exact requirements for obtaining a Delaware are set forth below.
Delaware Marriage Consent Laws
- With Parental Consent: Any individual under 18 must provide a signed parental consent form, which can be obtained at the Delaware Clerk of the Peace office.
- Without Parental Consent: Individuals 18 years of age and older can get married in Delaware without parental consent.
Delaware Common Law Marriage
Delaware does not recognize common law marriages.
Delaware Marriage License
- Residency: No residency requirement for obtaining a Delaware marriage license, but there is a 4-day waiting period for non-residents after applying.
- Tests: None.
- Identification Required: Couples must provide simple photo identification or a birth certificate, as well as social security number.
- Appearance/Proxy: Proxy marriages are not allowed in Delaware.
- Previous Marriages: Any individual previously married must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate of a deceased spouse.
- Length of License: A Delaware marriage license is valid for 30 days after issuance.
- Fees: $35, payable in cash only.
- Authorized Delaware Officiants: Officiants in Delaware include any Delaware Clerk of the Peace and any ordained minister. Ministers must keep a copy of the marriage license for one year and provide the required forms to a Clerk of the Peace within 4 days of the marriage ceremony.