Weddings - Licenses and Laws

Historically, Nevada’s lenient wedding laws have long been a draw for couples looking to tie the knot. And much of what made marriage convenient in Nevada in the past stands to this day. If you and your fiancée meet a few basic requirements, get your license and have the ceremony performed by a qualified officiant, your happy union is official. And if time is an issue, it’s no issue at all in Nevada. There are no waiting periods or pre-wedding blood tests required. And in certain round-the-clock cities, like Las Vegas and Reno, you can even find license bureaus open until midnight daily.

For residents of the U.S. ready to tie the knot, both the bride and groom-to-be must be 18 years of age, and both must appear before the county clerk. With parental consent, given either in person or by notarized written permission, those wishing to marry can be as young as 16 to marry in the Silver State. If either the bride or groom-to-be has been married previously, the divorce must be final and the divorced party needs to know the date and location of the divorce. Legal identification with proof of birth dates is required, and includes forms of identification like driver’s licenses, birth certificates and passports. Once the marriage license is obtained, the happy couple need only have the ceremony performed by a qualified officiant before the license’s one-year expiration date to make their union a done, legal deal.

The same rules apply to non-U.S. residents looking to make it official in Nevada. Most countries will require a certified copy of your marriage certificate, as well as an apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State to recognize the union. If additional certifications will be necessary, you can learn more at your country’s United States consulate office.