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Vermont Marriage

UPDATED: May 2, 2012

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Vermont marriage laws require couples to obtain a valid Vermont marriage license before tying the knot. Age restraints do apply, as minors cannot marry without parental consent. Vermont does not recognize common law marriages. The specifics of Vermont marriage laws are detailed below.


Vermont Marriage Consent Laws

  • With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year-olds can marry in Vermont only by first obtaining parental consent.
  • Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older do not need parental consent to marry in Vermont.


Vermont Common Law Marriage

Vermont does not recognize common law marriages.


Vermont Marriage License

  • Residency:  No residency requirement.
  • Tests: None.
  • Identification Required:  Valid photo identification and a certified copy of birth certificate.
  • Appearance/Proxy:  Proxy marriages are not allowed in Vermont. Both parties must be present at the time of application.
  • Previous Marriages:  Previously married individuals do not need to present any certified documentation of the end of the marriage. They merely need to wait until the divorce has been finalized.
  • Length of License:  60 days from the time of issuance.
  • Fees:  Generally $45.
  • Authorized Vermont Officiants:  Judges, justices of the peace, and any ordained minister.

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