Marriage Licenses

  • Marriage applications will not be accepted after 4:30 p.m. Please call the Clerk’s office if you have questions regarding this process.
  • The marriage license is effective upon issuance and expires after 180 days.
  • Montana residents may obtain a marriage license in any county and get married in any county.
  • If both applicants reside out of state, the marriage can only take place in the county where the license is issued.
  • No license to marry shall be issued if, at the time of making application, either of the applicants is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drug.

Required to Obtain a Montana Marriage License

The application process time will be shortened if the Montana Marriage Application (PDF) is filled out and brought with you. The following information is needed from both applicants to complete the application:
  • Birth city, county and state or foreign country
  • Social Security number
  • Father's first, middle and last name, current city and state of residence, and state or foreign country where born
  • Mother's first, middle and maiden name, current city and state of residence, and state or foreign country where born
  • If either applicant was previously married, the full name of the ex-spouse as well as place (county and state) and exact date of the divorce or death

Marriage License for Those 16 or 17 Years of Age

(See MCA 40-1-213.)

Follow above requirements with the following additions:
  • Consent of parent(s) or legal guardian(s);
  • Both parties must participate in a period of marriage counseling involving at least two separate counseling sessions not less than 10 days apart with a designated counselor;
  • District Court Judge's approval.