Marriage Licenses

Online/In Person Option Currently Unavailable Due to Office Closure
Please apply via mail at this time


To become legally married in Washington state, you must: 

  1. Apply for and receive a marriage license
  2. Participate in a civil or religious ceremony in Washington State
  3. Complete and return the Department of Health Certificate of Marriage
  1. 1. Apply for a license
  2. 2. Participate in a ceremony
  3. 3. Complete and return certificate

Couples may apply for a Washington State marriage license in person or by mail through the Recording Division. After receiving a completed application and fee, we will issue a license to use at your ceremony.

The license is valid (can be used) the third full day after Recording issues you the license and expires 60 days after being issued. The three day waiting period cannot be waived under any circumstance, including court order.


By mail

Approximate processing time: Two weeks. We recommend submitting your completed application and payment at least three weeks before your marriage ceremony in order to receive the marriage license by that date.

  1. Download the Marriage License Application (PDF).
  2. Complete the application in blue or black ink in clear, legible writing.
  3. Sign the application in front of a notary and have them sign it and attach their seal.
  4. Include a check, money order, or cashier’s check for $70.00, payable to the Snohomish County Auditor. 
  5. Mail the completed application and fee to:
    Snohomish County Auditor’s Office - Recording Division
    3000 Rockefeller Ave M/S 204
    Everett, WA 98201
  6. The Recording Division will process your application and mail you your marriage license, a Certificate of Marriage, and an information packet.


Online/In Person Option Currently Unavailable Due to Office Closure
Please apply via mail at this time

Online/In person

The fastest way to receive a marriage license is to submit your application online, then pick up and pay for your license at least three days before the wedding.

  1. Fill out a marriage license application online and make note of your confirmation number.
  2. Visit the Snohomish County Customer Service Center to complete the process. Both parties must be present unless one party has already signed the application in front of a notary.
  3. Sign your completed application and pay the $70.00 fee by cash, check, money order, or card. 
  4. Recording staff will give you your marriage license, a Certificate of Marriage, and an information packet.