Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Allow least 2 days from arrival in Las Vegas to wedding date to process paperwork (2 days are recommended to apply for a marriage license). We recommend giving yourself more time due to preparation, weekends, holidays or unexpected delays (i.e. Wedding chapels can have 5 hour lines on Valentine’s day and hotel vacancy can be hard to find…).
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, if under the age of 18 years
- Valid Passports or driver’s licenses
- US residents only: must supply social security number
- Divorce decree or death certificates, if applicable. Details (date, city, state, country) will be necessary for paperwork, but certificates original or certified copies are not required to be presented.
Legal requirements to get married:
- Ceremony (Civil/Religious)
Civil and religious ceremonies are legally recognized weddings preformed in Nevada. 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 16 years of age. Parent or legal guardian appear in person when applying for marriage license. Special court orders apply for parties under the age of 16 years. Note that the legal age in your home country must be met to be recognized. The couple cannot be related closely by blood. Second cousins can marry. Proxy and common law marriages are not permitted.
One witness over 18 years of age must be present for the ceremony and provide identification. Wedding chapels always have witnesses available.
Take all paperwork to apply in person at the in Las Vegas. prior to arriving to set up an appointment, if possible. You will be applying for your Marriage License. It is recommended to apply 2 days prior to the set wedding date. If all paperwork is in order, the license will be approved same day. The Marriage License is valid for one year, to be used only within the state of Nevada.
Both parties must apply for the Marriage License in person, however you can fill out a pre-application (click on marriage application tab) to help you save time prior to appearing.
- Wedding Chapels: Usually provide a half-hour ceremony. You may be able to pay for a longer ceremony. Most chapels provide their own officiate and do not allow you to bring in an officiate of your choice. Search hotel chapels for officiates that will perform the ceremony in a language other than English.
- For copies of your Marriage Certificate, visit the Clark County Recorder online.
- To obtain an Apostille for your Marriage Certificate or certified copy of your Marriage Certificate, you will need to fill out this form and send it to the Nevada Secretary of State, please read instructions and send the appropriate fee.
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.
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