Yes, and no. You don't have to have a formal ceremony in a church or with witnesses but you do have to make your marriage official by giving your consent and signing the marriage license. I perform quick, easy weddings every day that take all of 5 minutes. We complete the paperwork, I ask "Do you, take her, to be your wife?" and
"Do you take him, to be your husband?" As long as you both say yes, I pronounce you married and you are!
If you completed your Indiana marriage license and forgot to turn it in to the county clerk within 30 days you are still married. Contact your county clerk to ask them what the procedure is to properly file the license. Indiana state law requires you return the license within 30 days, however each county has their own procedures. Marion County will accept the license as long as it was signed while the license itself was still valid. Other counties might have additional paperwork that needs to be completed.
No. When a marriage license is issued to a couple in Indiana it means they can legally get married within 60 days. You need to actually get married and complete the marriage license with your wedding officiant and then return the completed marriage license to the county clerk within 30 days of being married.
If you are an Indiana resident, you need to obtain your marriage license in the county you live in. Then, you can use that marriage license to get married anywhere in Indiana. If you are not an Indiana resident you need to pick up your marriage license from the county clerk in the county in which you are being married. Your marriage license needs to be returned to the same county clerk that issued it.
You obtain your marriage license from the county clerk in the county you live in. If you and the person you are marrying live in two different counties you can pick up your marriage license in either county. If you do not live in Indiana you need to pick up your marriage license from the county clerk in the county in which you are being married.
No. Most counties in Indiana no longer provide courthouse weddings. You are able to make an appointment with the magistrate if you live in Boone county or Hamilton county, however, Marion, Hancock, Johnson and Hendricks county do not provide wedding officiating services during regular business hours.
I provide wedding officiant services in all 6 counties with prices starting at $50. You can view all of my services and prices here.
No. You have to apply for your marriage license online in Indiana and then appear in person to pick up the marriage license from your county clerk. Both people being married need to appear in person to be issued a marriage license. You will be required to provide proper identification to prove who you are, and you will need to swear the information you provide is true and accurate. Both people also have to be present to sign the marriage license with the wedding officiant.
Yes, marriages are public records in Indiana. You cannot be legally married and keep your marriage a complete secret. Many counties do not publish marriage licenses in the newspaper so there is no public announcement you have been married but if someone wanted to know, they could find out by searching the online database.
No. There is no waiting period to get married in Indiana. You can pick up your marriage license, get married, and obtain certified copies of your marriage license all in one day.
Prices for an ordained minister to marry you in Indiana can vary depending on the minister. Many ordained ministers formally preside over congregations and you may have to meet certain criteria in order for them to marry you. You may need to be a member of their church. Most professional wedding officiants are ordained ministers and charge fees for their services. As a professional wedding officiant in Indiana I have services starting at $50. My prices depend on the services you require. You can view my services and their prices here.
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