Wedding | Getting Your Marriage License In Idaho


All You Need to Know About Getting Your Marriage License in Idaho

A marriage license is basically your love permit - a legal confirmation that you are eligible to marry each other. All 50 states require some form of a marriage license and requirements vary by state. Idaho is one of the easier states to obtain a marriage license. Yay! The info below will get you started on your way to getting your love permit in Idaho.

An Idaho marriage license is issued by the county Clerk/Recorders office. You can apply for a marriage license in any county in Idaho and use it anywhere within the state. Both residents and non-residents can file for an Idaho marriage license. 

To obtain your marriage license both parties must appear together at the Recorders Office. You will both need to show proof of age and identity. A valid government issued photo ID with a birth date will do the trick. You will need to provide your social security number. Marriage license fees vary by county but are about $30. Also, bring cash because most Recorders Office’s only accept this form of payment! 

The process of applying for a marriage license includes filling out a license application form, paying your fee, reading an AIDS information sheet and signing a Marriage License Affidavit.

Idaho’s marriage license laws are particularly handy if you are eloping. Idaho does not require a waiting period after obtaining your marriage license, so you can get married the same day you obtain it! Idaho does not require your marriage to be witnessed. This is great if you are planning an adventure elopement and choosing to include just the two of you and your officiant.

Officiants recognized by the state of Idaho are Priests or Ministers of any denomination, judges and designated officials (mayors, governors etc.). If you are looking for an officiant WeddingWire and Thumbtack are a few resources to consider. Plus, I would love to share my list of amazing Idaho elopement and intimate wedding officiants with you!


Take Away….

  • You will need proof of identity and age.

  • Both parties must appear at the Recorders Office

  • Know your Social Security Number

  • Take cash!

Short list of Idaho Recorder offices by location:

Cascade/McCall - Valley County Recorder

Boise - Ada County Recorder

Grangeville - Idaho County Recorder

Coeur d’Alane - Kootenia County Recorder

Idaho Falls - Bonneville County Recorder