Apostilles (Authentication of Signatures) may be required to register and finalize a marriage in a foreign country. Information regarding apostilles can be found under the Licensing Center section on the website of the Nevada Secretary of State.
The cost to obtain a Marriage License is $77. To review acceptable forms of payment and other related information, visit our Fees page.
Whoever performs your marriage ceremony has, by law, ten (10) calendar days from the date of the ceremony to file the Marriage Certificate with our office. Once filed, you can order a certified Marriage Certificate (legal proof of marriage) online from our Online Ordering website. Please note, if you receive a call after your ceremony by anyone soliciting the sale of your Marriage Certificate, be aware that it is not our office. We charge $20 per certified copy.
Divorced Applicants/Widowed Applicants
Divorced applicants are required to list the Month/Day/Year when their divorce was finalized and the city and state where the divorce was finalized. We do not need to see a copy of the divorce decree. Widowed applicants are required to list the Month/Day/Year they were widowed and the city and state. We do not need to see a copy of the death certificate.
>> UPCOMING CHANGES TO THE LAW REGARDING MINOR MARRIAGES <<
As of October 1, 2019, the State of Nevada no longer authorizes marriages for minors under the age of 18 unless a court order is obtained from a Nevada District Court judge.
Only under extraordinary circumstances, a district court may authorize the marriage of a minor who is 17 years of age if the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, after an evidentiary hearing in which both parties to the prospective marriage provide sworn testimony, that: a) both parties to the prospective marriage are residents of the State of Nevada; b) the marriage will serve the best interests of the minor; and c) the minor has the consent of a parent or legal guardian.
In determining the best interests of the minor, the court will consider, without limitation: a) the difference in age between the parties to the prospective marriage; b) the need for the marriage to occur before the minor reaches 18 years of age; and c) the emotional and intellectual maturity of the minor.
Minor Applicants, Ages 16 or 17 (Not Yet Age 18)
Minor applicants must have consent of a parent or legal guardian. Minors will need an original or certified copy of the birth certificate which lists the name of the consenting parent (no photocopies will be accepted). Legal guardians are required to present a certified copy of the court-ordered guardianship papers (no photocopies will be accepted). A parent or guardian is required to have
acceptable identification to prove they are the parent on the birth certificate or the legal guardian on the guardianship order. If a parent giving consent pursuant to
subsection 5 of NRS 122.040 has a last name different from that of the minor seeking a marriage license, the county clerk shall accept, as proof that the parent is the legal parent of the minor, a certified copy of the birth certificate of the minor which lists the parent’s first and middle name and which matches the first and middle name of the parent on any document listed in
subsection 2 of NRS 122.040.
If it is not possible for the parent or guardian to be present, an original, notarized Statement of Consent, in English, must be presented with the original or certified copy of the minor's birth certificate. If the Statement of Consent is prepared by the legal guardian, a certified copy of the court-ordered guardianship papers AND the original or certified copy of the birth certificate of the minor must be presented. The notarized statement should contain the full name of the parent or legal guardian, relationship to the minor, minor’s full name, birth date, and the statement that the parent or legal guardian gives consent for the minor to marry. All documents must be in English or translated into English. A sample of the parental consent can be located
Minor Applicants, Less Than 16 Years of Age
Minor applicants under the age of 16 may marry only with a Nevada Court Order authorizing the Clerk to issue the marriage license. Identification rules still apply. Please contact an attorney or you may contact the Clark County Family Law Self-Help Center at 702-455-1500 or at www.clarkcountycourts.us.
The person performing the marriage ceremony MUST possess a Certificate of Permission to Perform Marriages in the state of Nevada and be issued by a County Clerk from the State of Nevada. Most churches and commercial wedding chapels use only authorized ministers or religious officials, but we suggest you confirm that the minister or religious official is properly authorized. Couples may check the state-wide data base of authorized marriage officiants here. PLEASE SELECT "ALL COUNTIES" BEFORE STARTING YOUR SEARCH. If you do not find your marriage officiant's name, please call the Marriage License Bureau office, 702-671-0580.
An out-of-state minister or religious official may obtain permission to perform a single marriage ceremony in the State of Nevada. Please see the Marriage Officiants tab under Clerk Services for information on how to apply for a Certificate of Permission to Perform a Single Marriage Ceremony in Nevada.
Your marriage ceremony may be performed at any wedding chapel, church, the Office of Civil Marriages or anywhere your marriage officiant is willing to perform the marriage ceremony in the State of Nevada. The expiration date of the marriage license is listed in the upper left-hand corner. Nevada marriages are legal and recognized all over the world.
WARNING: An individual going by the name of "Dr. Linda Harvey-Smith" is not authorized to perform marriages in the State of Nevada. She has performed a number of weddings in recent months and has failed to properly record the marriage certificates. This creates serious problems for the couples involved.
Important Information for Couples
Information regarding what to do once you get your marriage license and how to order copies of your marriage records after you are married can be found
Rejoinders in Marriage
Per recent legislation, a husband and wife, whose record of marriage has been lost or destroyed or is otherwise unobtainable, may be issued a marriage license and rejoined in marriage. This is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and is not eligible for the Online Marriage License Pre-Application process.
Single Party Marriage Licenses
Under special circumstances, a Marriage License may be issued to a couple when only one party can come to the Marriage License Bureau. The instructions and form for these situations are as follows:
Renewal of Vows
This office is prohibited from issuing a new Marriage License to couples who are currently married. Couples may renew their wedding vows at a church or a wedding chapel. You will need to contact those establishments to see what information is required. The Clerk's Office can issue a Certificate of Vow Renewal as a commemorative certificate to be used in renewing vows for an existing marriage. For more information, click here.
The Marriage License Bureau is located in downtown Las Vegas approximately 3 blocks south of the Fremont Street Experience. We are approximately 6 miles north from the heart of the Las Vegas strip. The links below will give you an approximation of traveling via the Deuce (bus) or taxi.
Strip & Downtown bus route information
(the closest stop is the Bonneville Transfer Station)
Nevada Taxi Cab Authority
The solicitors outside the Marriage License Bureau work for commercial wedding chapels. They are not employed by nor affiliated with The Office of Civil Marriages, the Marriage License Bureau, or the County Clerk's Office.