Get a Maryland
in 3 Easy Steps!
You must apply at least two business days prior to your wedding.
You may apply as early as six months before your ceremony.
Early applicants may receive their Marriage License in the mail.
Your big white envelope will have 3 copies of your Wedding License
plus an application for a Certified Copy. The Certified Copy is what
you’ll need to apply for a legal name change or to file taxes jointly.
Maryland Wedding Ministers must be recognized by the state and
have a valid Certificate of Ordination. Out of State online ordinations
may not be recognized and could have serious legal repercussions.
Your Wedding Minister signs all 3 copies of your Marriage License.
You keep the first copy. The Minister puts the 2nd copy in their safe
to be retained for one year. The 3rd copy is filed with the Worcester
County Clerk the next business day after the wedding.
Maryland does not require any witnesses for a wedding to be legal.
A MD Wedding License needs to be used within 6 months of being issued.