Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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Oklahoma marriage laws require that couples obtain a valid Oklahoma marriage license before tying the knot. Certain age restrictions exist on getting a marriage license; for instance, the state will not issue one to minors without parental consent. Also, divorcees cannot re-marry within 6 months of their divorce. For more on Oklahoma marriage laws, see the information below.

 

Oklahoma Marriage Consent Laws

  • With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year-olds must obtain parental consent before getting a marriage license in Oklahoma. Minors younger than 16 must get, in addition to parental consent, a court order.
  • Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older may marry in Oklahoma without parental consent.

 

Oklahoma Common Law Marriage

A good deal of controversy exists over whether Oklahoma actually will continue to recognize common law marriages. Despite a state law saying that only ceremonial weddings will be recognized, courts continue to recognize common law marriages previously created in Oklahoma. Nonetheless, if the choice exists, an actual wedding ceremony is the best way to go.

 

Oklahoma Marriage License

  • Residency:  No residency requirement.
  • Identification Required: Any proof of age, such as a driver’s license or certified birth certificate.
  • Appearance/Proxy:  Proxy marriages are not available in Oklahoma. Both parties must be present at the time of applying.
  • Previous Marriages:  Divorced individuals cannot marry within 6 months of their divorce. If it has been longer than 6 months, bring a certified copy of your divorce decree to prove it.
  • Length of License: 10 days from the time of issuance.
  • Fees:  Generally $50 to $60, but may be reduced to as low as $5 if the couple has completed premarital counseling.
  • Authorized Oklahoma Officiants:  Judges (for an additional $10 fee) and any ordained minister.