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North Dakota Marriage

UPDATED: November 29, 2010

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The state of North Dakota imposes various requirements on couples before a valid North Dakota marriage can take place. A marriage license is a must, and certain restrictions may apply for successfully getting one. For instance, minors must obtain parental consent before a North Dakota marriage license will be issued. The various North Dakota marriage laws are summarized below.


North Dakota Marriage Consent Laws

  • With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year-olds must get parental consent, in the form of a notarized consent form, in order to marry in North Dakota. Minors younger than 16 cannot get a marriage license in North Dakota.
  • Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older need not obtain parental consent in order to marry in North Dakota.


North Dakota Common Law Marriage

North Dakota does not recognize common law marriages.


North Dakota Marriage License

  • Residency:  No residency requirement.
  • Tests: None.
  • Identification Required:  Driver’s license or certified copy of birth certificate, plus social security card.
  • Appearance/Proxy:  No proxy marriages in North Dakota. Both parties must be present at the time of application.
  • Previous Marriages:  Previously married individuals must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree or regular copy of the death certificate when applying for the new marriage license.
  • Length of License:  60 days from the time of being issued.
  • Fees:  $65, payable in cash only.
  • Copies:  Certified copies available for $10.
  • Authorized North Dakota Officiants:  Justices of the peace and any ordained minister.

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