Am I eligible to get a marriage license in Multnomah County?
You must meet these requirements to have a marriage license issued from Multnomah County:
- You are at least 17 years old. (If you are 17, please read the Consent Requirements before you apply for your license.)
- Your ceremony will take place somewhere in the State of Oregon.
- You are getting married within 60 days.
- You are not currently married.
- You are not first cousins or any nearer of kin.
How do I apply for a marriage license?
- Fill out the marriage application.
- Once the application is completed, both parties must appear in our office in person. (If you cannot appear in our office together, contact us in advance by live chat, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 503.988.3326 so we can assist you.)
- Bring valid photo ID. The name on the ID must match the name on the application.
- Bring $60. We accept cash, certified funds (money order or cashier’s check), and debit or credit cards (fees apply). We do not accept personal checks. The fee is not refundable.
- While you are in the office, you’ll verify your information on the license and then sign it. We'll give you the license to take to your ceremony.
Where is the office located?
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 175
Portland, OR 97214
Frequently asked questions:
I want to change my name. What are my options?
Each party must pick the name taken after the marriage ceremony. The State of Oregon limits the choices you have for your name change. Review a list of name change options before completing your application.
I need the waiting period waived. How do I do that?
Who can marry us?
The following people can perform ceremonies:
- A religious figure authorized by an active religious organization. (Requirements for Officiants)
- A State of Oregon judicial officer. List of Judges 1/20/15 (727.47 KB)
- An active judge of a federal court.
- An active United States Magistrate judge.
What if our officiant got ordained online?
As long as the online ordination meets the requirements from the State of Oregon, it is just as official as a traditional religious ordination.
What about witnesses?
You need two witnesses over the age of 18 to make a ceremony valid in Oregon. Neither the minister or partners involved can act as a witness. Witnesses will print their names on the license as verification of their presence.
What happens after the ceremony?
The officiant will fill in the required information and sign the license. Once complete, the officiant is responsible for returning the license to Multnomah County within five days of the ceremony.
I’ve changed my name on my marriage license. What do I do now?
Now that your name has changed, you will need to update all your information, such as your driver’s license, passport, etc. with the new name. Here is the name change information (41.04 KB) that can help you through the process. Most organizations want to see a certified copy as proof of your new name.
How do I get a certified copy of my marriage license?
You can get a certified copy either by:
- Coming in person. We process requests immediately. We accept cash, checks and debit or credit cards. The fee is $7.75 for the first copy, $4.00 each for any additional copies.
- Mailing in the Certified Copy Request Form (78.35 KB). Once received, we process requests within 1-2 business days. We only accept checks for mailed requests. Payments must be in US dollars.
I need an apostille seal on my marriage record. Where do I go?
The Secretary of the State of Oregon is responsible for providing apostille seals. They will not accept County-issued copies of marriage records. Instead, you must provide a copy from the State of Oregon Vital Records office.
There is a mistake on my marriage license. How do I fix it?
If the license has already been received by our office, there may be a $20 amendment fee charged to correct the information. Please contact us so we can assist you.
Need extra help?
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