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Minnesota Marriage

UPDATED: November 29, 2010

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A valid Minnesota marriage license is required for a legal Minnesota marriage to take place. Minors need to have the consent of a parent to get married, while other requirements are imposed on adults who were previously married. While Minnesota does not recognize common law marriages, it does recognize those that are legally valid in another state. The requirements for successfully applying for a Minnesota marriage license are provided below.


Minnesota Marriage Consent Laws

  • With Parental Consent: Individuals between 15 and 17 can only marry in Minnesota with the consent of a parent, guardian, or the approval of a judge. Minors younger than 15 need written consent from a parent and a juvenile court judge.
  • Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older need not obtain parental consent to get married in Minnesota.


Minnesota Common Law Marriage

The state of Minnesota does not recognize common law marriages. However, Minnesota does recognize valid common law marriages from other states.


Minnesota Marriage License

Residency:  No residency requirement.

Tests: None.

Identification Required:  Required identification may vary by county, but a photo ID such as a driver’s license is a minimum. A certified copy of your birth certificate may also be required.

Appearance/Proxy:  Proxy marriages are not allowed in Minnesota. However, only one party needs to show up at the time of application, provided they have the other party’s notarized signature and identification.

Previous Marriages:  Previously married individuals must provide certified proof of the dissolution of the previous marriage.

Length of License: 6 months from the time of issuance.

Fees:  $110, but $40 for couples who have completed a minimum of 12 hours of a premarital education course.

Authorized Minnesota Officiants: Judges, clerks of court, and any licensed ministers, priests, and rabbis. Not all Minnesota judges will perform marriages, so check with your specific county for more information.

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