Although state law does not specify the age of witnesses, a witness is usually deemed "competent" for this purpose by the age of 18. We recommend two witnesses who are over 18 observe the exchange of vows (marriage) and sign the marriage certificate.
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Under state law, you can be married by any licensed or ordained person of any church or denomination, or a Washington state judge or commissioner. See our Marriage page for more information.
Yes. Individuals who perform marriages do not have to reside in Washington State.
You can use your marriage license to hold a ceremony anywhere in Washington State. It cannot, however, be used in another state or country.
The fee for a marriage license is $70.00. See our Marriage page for more information.
No. There is no requirement to provide a divorce decree in order to obtain a marriage license.
Yes, with one major exception. Participants in the state’s Address Confidentiality Program may have their marriage records excluded from the public filing. If the marriage license was obtained prior to becoming an active participant, the record cannot be removed from the public record.