Nevada Marriage

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Nevada has the reputation for having some rather loose laws on marriage. But don’t let the reputation fool you. Nevada marriage law still provides for a number of requirements for anyone wishing to get married in the state. For instance, minors must obtain parental consent, and divorced individuals must wait for the divorce to be finalized before Nevada will issue a marriage license. See below for more details on Nevada marriage laws.


Nevada Marriage Consent Laws

  • With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year-olds must have a parent present to give consent before marrying in Nevada. Minors under 16 must have their parents petition a state court and get a court decree.
  • Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older may marry in Nevada without consent of a parent.


Nevada Common Law Marriage

Nevada does not recognize common law marriages.


Nevada Marriage License

  • Residency:  No residency requirement.
  • Tests: None.
  • Identification Required:  Valid photo ID in order to prove age.
  • Appearance/Proxy:  No proxy marriages in Nevada. Both parties must be present at the time of application.
  • Previous Marriages:  Divorced individuals must know the date their previous marriage ended, and the divorce must be finalized. No certified copy requirement.
  • Length of License:  1 year from date of issuance.
  • Fees:  Ranging from $35 to $60. Credit cards may be accepted in certain counties for an additional $5 fee.
  • Authorized Nevada Officiants:  Any ordained ministers and justices of the peace.

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