PLEASE NOTE: On October 9, 2014 an injunction was filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada requiring the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It also requires Nevada to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. You may view the injunction here.
Requirements for U.S. citizens and non U.S. citizens are the same.
To obtain your marriage license, both parties must appear in person before a Clerk at a Clark County Marriage Bureau location.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and no nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half-blood, and not having a husband or wife living.
Domestic Partnership questions should be directed to the office of the Secretary of State in Carson City, Nevada at 800-992-0900 or at www.nvsos.gov
Identification to prove your name and age is required. Please be prepared. Per Nevada law, we may issue a marriage license to couples with acceptable identification. Go to acceptable identification for specific information on forms of identification.
Your Marriage License and Certificate will be prepared with your legal name exactly as it appears on the identification presented. It is your responsibility to present the proper identification to have your name reflected as you desire. For example, if you want your Marriage License and Certificate to reflect your full middle name, the identification you present must contain your full middle name – not an initial.
No blood test is required.
A marriage license allows a couple to marry in the state. It is not proof of marriage.
In the State of Nevada, marriage records are public documents.
Whoever performs your marriage ceremony has, by law, ten (10) days to submit documentation to the Clark County Recorder’s Office for your marriage to be recorded. Once recorded, you can order a certified marriage certificate online from the Recorder’s Office website.
A marriage license is issued the same day a couple applies. There is no waiting period to get married after the marriage license has been issued. Marriage licenses are good for one year from date of issue.
All U.S. citizens are required to provide their Social Security number on the Affidavit of Application for a Marriage License. You do not need to present your Social Security card. Those applicants not issued a Social Security number by the United States will enter “none” in the appropriate box.
For non U.S. citizens, some foreign countries require a copy of the marriage license and/or an apostille to register a marriage. It is suggested that non U.S. citizens check with their local officials for special documents needed to ensure their marriage is recognized in their country.
All marriage certificates issued in the State of Nevada must be used within this state.