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Hawaii-Marriage Requirements


Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Hawaii, USA

Allotted time:

Allow least a few days from arrival in Hawaii to wedding date for processing paperwork. We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays.

Necessary legal documents:

Please note that all documents must be submitted in English. Contact the Embassy in your home country or your Embassy in the United States for an authorized translator. If your documents are translated, be prepared to submit the original copies in your native language for verification as well as the translated version.

  • Certified copy of birth certificates for parties 18 years old or younger
  • Valid Passports or driver’s license for parties at least 19 years old
  • Divorce decree, adoption or death certificates, if applicable. Details will be necessary for paperwork, but certificates issued within 30 days of remarrying will require original or certified copies to be presented.

Legal requirements to get married:

  • Ceremony (Civil/Religious)

Civil and religious ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Hawaii. The officiate must be 18 years or older and authorized to conduct a wedding ceremony.

  • Age and Relation

The bride(s) and/or groom(s) must be at least 18 years of age. If they are underage, parental consent is necessary. With parental consent, either party can be no younger than 15 years of age. Consent forms can be obtained from a marriage license agent.  Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. The couple cannot be related closely by blood. Cousins can marry. Proxy and common law marriages are not permitted.

  • Witnesses

One witness over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide identification.

  • Registry

Take all paperwork, in person, to apply before a on the island of Hawaii that you plan to marry. Call prior to arriving to set up an appointment, if possible. You will be applying for your Marriage License. If all paperwork is in order, the license will be approved same day. The Marriage License is valid for 30 days, to  be used only within the state of Hawaii.

Both parties must apply for the Marriage License in person. You can download the application prior to appearing.

Marriage certificate:

  • The Marriage Certificate is prepared by the officiate and sent via snail mail to your home address 2-4 months prior to the wedding ceremony.
  • If you would like to order a copy of your Marriage Certificate, print this application and follow the directions.

Note: This information can change at any given moment. For up-to-date information, contact your embassy in the country in which you plan to marry.

We invite you to contact us with any new information. Be sure to note, “Update Marriage Requirements in Hawaii, USA” in the subject line.

Where to Apply for a Marriage License:
  • In Honolulu – Room 101 (1st floor) of the Health Department Building, 1250 Punchbowl St. (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets)
    Monday through Friday (excluding holidays and furlough days), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents in the rural and suburban areas of Oahu – call (808) 586-4544
  • For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents on the neighbor islands – call the local office of the Department of Health:

Hawaii (Big Island)

(808) 974-6008


(808) 241-3498


(808) 984-8210


(808) 553-3200