IF YOU WANT TO APPLY FOR THE MARRIAGE LICENSE AND GET MARRIED AT THE COURTHOUSE THE SAME DAY, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARRIVE IN OUR OFFICE AT LEAST ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
MAGISTRATE COURT- If you want the Magistrate Court to perform your ceremony, you must contact their office at 317-776-8544 for details.
NOTE: THE CLERK’S OFFICE CLOSES THE APPLICATION PROCESS AT 4:00PM EACH DAY. PLEASE ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME AS OUR OFFICE DOES GET VERY BUSY ON FRIDAYS AND PRIOR TO HOLIDAYS.
PLEASE FILL OUT THE ON-LINE APPLICATION PRIOR TO ARRIVING IN OUR OFFICE TO AVOID DELAYS IN THE PROCESS TIME. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET WE HAVE 2 PUBLIC TERMINALS IN OUR LOBBY THAT YOU CAN COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ON.
WHAT COUNTY TO APPLY IN – I.C. 31-11-4-3
INDIANA RESIDENTS- At least ONE OR BOTH applicants MUST be a resident of Hamilton County. (If one person lives in Hamilton County and the other person lives in a different county, you have the option of applying in either one of those counties.) PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE COMING TO THE CORRECT COUNTY TO APPLY FOR YOUR LICENSE.
If one applicant lives in Hamilton County and the other applicant lives in a different state and you are getting married in Indiana, you would need to apply in Hamilton County.
OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS (Both Applicants)- Applicants MUST apply in the COUNTY that the marriage is taking place in.
BOTH APPLICANTS MUST BE PRESENT TO APPLY FOR THE LICENSE (bring interpreter if you need one)
THIS MARRIAGE LICENSE IS VALID IN THE STATE OF INDIANA ONLY.
IT IS NOT VALID TO USE IN ANY OTHER STATE OR ANY COUNTRY OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
BOTH APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IF THEY HAVE BEEN ISSUED ONE. (It is NOT necessary to bring the card with you, but please be prepared and have the number readily available. This can drastically delay the application process for other couples that are waiting if you do not know what it is)
PROOF OF DATE OF BIRTH – I.C. 31-11-4-6
Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age to marry in the State of Indiana/Hamilton County. Both applicants must provide ONE (not all) of the following forms of I.D. when applying for the license for proof of age:
VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE
VALID STATE ISSUED ID CARD
VALID MILITARY ID
For applicants under the age of 18, please contact our office at 317-776-9629 for additional requirements.
The State of Indiana no longer requires a blood test.
INDIANA RESIDENTS: $20.00 CASH ONLY (includes 2 certified copies)
OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS (license is only valid for ceremonies performed in Hamilton County): $62.00 CASH ONLY (includes 2 certified copies)
There is not a waiting period. The license is issued the same day of application.
EXPIRATION OF LICENSE
The Marriage License is valid for 60 days from the date of the application. There will be an expiration date printed on the license and you must be married by that date. If you have not gotten married by that date you must reapply for the license and pay the fee again. If you have gotten married PRIOR to applying for the license, the date of marriage CANNOT be backdated.
Witnesses are not required in Indiana.
PREVIOUS MARRIAGE INFORMATION
If either applicant has been previously married, the license application requires the following information:
THE NUMBER OF PREVIOUS MARRIAGES
THE DATE THAT THE MOST RECENT MARRIAGE ENDED
THE MANNER IN WHICH THE MOST RECENT MARRIAGE ENDED (divorce, death, annulment)
MOTHER’S FULL NAME (NOT SHORTENED NAME- example: Cynthia not Cindy) AND MOTHER’S MAIDEN NAME (last name before she was ever married)
FATHER’S FULL NAME (NOT SHORTENED NAME- example: Thomas not Tom)
CURRENT OR LAST KNOWN RESIDENCE OF BOTH MOTHER AND FATHER (City and State are fine if you don’t know the street address)
BIRTHPLACE OF BOTH MOTHER AND FATHER (State or Country only-application does not ask for city)
ALL INFORMATION ON APPLICATION IS REQUIRED.