Marriage Application

Apply for a Marriage License
As of August 1, 2009 BOTH parties will need to be present to apply for a marriage license. Please bring identification with you (driver's license, identification card or passport).  You will be asked for your full given name, address, county of residence, age, date of birth, country or state of birth and social security number. You will be asked for the full names you will be using after the wedding and if either of you have had a felony conviction on or after 8/01/2000 in Minnesota or any state or jurisdiction.  If this is the case, and you wish to change your name, please call our office for more information. If you are under the age of 18, please contact us for additional information.

Marriage licenses are valid for 6 months. You must marry within that time or the license will expire and you will be required to reapply. There is a 5-day waiting period from the time of application to when you pick up the certificate. If you were previously married and your last spouse is deceased, we will need the date and county of death.  If your last marriage ended in divorce we will need the dissolution date, county/state and the type of court that it occurred.

Marriage Applications
Marriage applications cost $115 (As of July 1,2010 the fee did increase to $115 for a Marriage License in Minnesota) or $40 if you have a completed premarital education statement.  As of August 1, 2009 a premarital education statements (PDF sample) must be notarized by the educator and the document must be on the educator's letterhead (MS517.08). The names appearing on the premarital education must be identical to the names on the marriage license (no nicknames).  The completed premarital education statement must be presented at time of application. 
We accept cash or check only and there are no refunds.

Marriage Certificates
Certified copies are $9. You will have to go to the county where you originally applied for the license to get a certified copy.

Credentials of Ministers are filed in the License Bureau.  There is a $5 fee to  file credentials and you will be issued a Certificate of Filing.  Please bring your ordination certificate and identification with you.

MOMS
There is a new Minnesota Official Marriage (MOM's) website that can assist you in locating where a marriage license was issued in Minnesota.

Genealogy
You are welcome to come into our office and search family histories within Wright County or we will search for you at a fee of $20 per hour.

Records Available
  • Birth records start at 1871
  • Death records start at 1871
  • Marriage records start at 1950
Marriage records starting at 1858 and ending at 1950 are available at:
Wright County Heritage Center
2001 Highway 25 North
Buffalo, MN 55313

Visit the Minnesota Department of Health for more information.