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An Indiana marriage requires obtaining a valid Indiana marriage license. The requirements for a marriage license are set forth below. Minors must adhere to certain parental consent and court petition guidelines. In addition, Indiana does not recognize common law marriages.

 

Indiana Marriage Consent Laws

  • With Parental Consent: 17 year-olds must have both parents present and consenting at the application in order to marry in Indiana. 15 and 16 year-olds must also obtain court approval. There is a fee associated with this court petition, and it will not be refunded even if the judge denies the petition.
  • Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older may marry in Indiana without parental consent.

 

Indiana Common Law Marriage

Indiana does not recognize common law marriages.

 

Indiana Marriage License

  • Residency:  No requirement that applicants reside in Indiana, but Indiana residents must apply in the county in which they reside.
  • Identification Required:  Individuals must present a valid driver’s license or other form of photo ID showing their current address and date of birth. If you are under 30, bringing a certified copy of your birth certificate is also a good idea.
  • Appearance/Proxy:  No proxy marriages in Indiana. Both parties must be present at the time of application.
  • Previous Marriages:  Previously married individuals should be prepared to give information on the dates and locations those marriages ended (i.e. when divorce or death occurred). Check with the county you are intending to apply in, as some require certified copies of a divorce decree or death certificate, especially if either occurred within the last two years.
  • Length of License:  60 days.
  • Fees:  Indiana residents pay $18. Non-residents pay $60. Only cash accepted.
  • Authorized Indiana Officiants:  Judges, magistrates, clerks of circuit courts, or any member of the clergy.