5 Key Steps to Getting Your Marriage License and Eloping in Las Vegas

December 20, 2020

Confirm You’re Eligible to Get Married in Las Vegas

You don’t have to be Nevada residents to get married in Las Vegas, but the couple does have to meet the below requirements:

– Be at least 18-years old. Minors aged 17 may marry with the consent of one parent or legal guardian, and only after a court finds that marriage is in the minor’s best interest.

– Be no nearer in kinship than second cousins. Otherwise, the couple risks incest charges.

– Have no other living husbands or wives.

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Apply For Your Marriage License in Clark County

You can pre-register for a Clark County marriage license up to 60 days prior to your elopement date. But, it is not mandatory to pre-register online – couples can just show up at the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau since there is no waiting time between submitting the application and receiving the license. But pre-registering can save you a bit of time!

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Make Your Way to the Las Vegas Marriage License Bureau

A marriage license will cost you $77. Within 60 days of pre-registering for your license, you’ll need to go to the Las Vegas Marriage License Bureau in person to pick it up. Unless there is a line, the wait should take just a few minutes! Both of you must be present to pick up your marriage license and present valid IDs, which include:

– Driver’s license

– Passport

– U.S. or foreign country issued I.D. card showing a photo and birth date

– Military identification

– Resident alien card

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It’s Time to Get Married

Once you receive your license, you have one year to get married in Las Vegas. You’ll be asked to bring it to your officiant for your ceremony. For your elopement, you’ll need one witness to the wedding ceremony to also sign your marriage license. After the ceremony, your officiant has 10 days to file the paperwork with the Clark County clerk. As a heads up, any out-of-state officiants need prior authorization to perform a wedding ceremony in Nevada!

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Get Your Copy to Keep

No later than 10 business days after your elopement, you’re eligible to order a certified copy of your marriage certificate (they cost $15!). Certified marriage certificates may be necessary for several reasons, including for filing taxes and changing one’s name. We always recommend getting a copy for your records to avoid any headaches later on. International couples may need an Apostille as well as a marriage certificate to register their marriage in a foreign country. If that’s the case for you, you can apply online for one with the Nevada Secretary of State.

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