Reverend Victoria Meyer is the owner of Marry me In Indy LLC and has been marrying couples in Indiana for over 7 years. She's been married over 26 years, has 2 sons with special needs and a dog and a cat.
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Getting married in the state of Indiana is a rather simple process. It doesn't take much to get a marriage license and sign it. Just remember, it will take a whole lot more to unto the marriage license through divorce.
Where do I get a marriage license? The County Clerk
Marriage licenses in Indiana are issued by the county clerk in each county. Each county may have slightly different rules. Contact your county clerk to ask them any questions you might have. As a wedding officiant, I have a lot of answers to a lot of questions. But please, don't take my word for it. You can read the information on the state's website and call the clerk directly for specific questions. Here is a link to the Indiana's online marriage application with the specific information you will need.
What County Clerk to I go to?
If you are a legal resident of Indiana you will need to pick up your marriage license from the county you or your fiance legally reside in. For example, if you both live in Marion County, you must go to Marion County Clerk to pick up your marriage license. If one of you lives in Marion County and the other lives in Hamilton County, you can pick up your license in either county. This license issues to Indiana residents is good anywhere in the state.
What if I'm not an Indiana resident?
If neither of you are Indiana residents you must pick up your marriage license from the clerk in the county in which you are going to be married. You cannot be an out of state resident, pick your marriage license up in Hamilton County and then get married in Marion County. The license must be signed in the county in which it was issued.
How old do I have to be to get married?
You must be 18 to be issues a marriage license in Indiana. If either applicant is 17 their parents or guardians must be present to give consent. If either applicant is younger then 17 they will need to obtain a court order to be able to get a marriage license.
Is there any reason I would not be issued a marriage license?
Yes! You cannot be drunk or high. You cannot marry your first cousin unless you are over the age of 65. You must also be of sound mind. That mean, you are legally sane.
Want more legal info? Here is the link to the Indiana State Codes regarding marriage.
When should I pick up my marriage license?
Your marriage license is good for 60 days from the day it's issued. You can get married right away or any time within the next 60 days. There is no waiting period. If your Indiana marriage license expires you can apply for another one. If you loose it before it expires, you can get another copy.
What kind of ID do I need?
You will need a current (not expired), valid drivers license or state ID OR a passport OR a birth certificate. If the document is not in English it will need to be legally translated into English. The translated document will also need to be notarized.
If you are unsure about these documents, call the clerk to ask to be sure! You will also need to prove your address if are in Indiana resident. If you drivers license has your current address on it, that's all the ID you will need. If the address on your driver's license is incorrect, you will need a utility bill or a lease or another suitable document.
You will need to provide your social security number.
If you are divorced, you will need to know the date your divorce was finalized. Some counties require a certified copy of the divorce decree.
You will need to provide the full name, last known address and place of birth of your parents. This information is reported to the Indiana State Library (by law) for the purpose of genealogical research. If you don't honestly know the answers, that's OK. You will have to swear all the information you provide on the marriage license is correct to your best knowledge.
How much does it cost?
If one or both of the applicants is an Indiana resident the fee is $18. (two people, one license, one fee.) If you are both out of state residents the fee is $60. Certified copies of your marriage license are $2 each. Bring cash to be sure. If the county accepts credit cards they will charge a fee. Marion County accepts cash or card. Hamilton County only accepts Cash.
Other things to know.
You BOTH have to go to the county clerk in person to pick up the marriage license. Just because you apply online doesn't mean they will just mail it to you. A marriage license is a very serious legal document.
You can apply online before you go to the clerk's office or you can use the computer they provide in the Clerk's office. Either way, you will be applying online.
They will never ask you if you love each other or plan to spend the rest of your lives together before they issue you a marriage license. Do me a favor, think about it before you go and ask yourself the questions and seriously consider the answers.