This week we decided to have a guest blogger! I’ve been meaning to write about obtaining your marriage license when I came across the post on Hawaii Wedding Love‘s site and asked Fawn, if I could share her post with you all. She agreed and well, here it is! Mahalo Nui!
You’ve spent countless hours planning every last detail of your wedding, so don’t forget to make it official. A marriage license must be obtained from an authorized agent for one to be lawfully wedded in Hawaii. There are no blood tests, state residency or U.S. citizenship requirements.
- The legal age to marry is 18, although applicants may marry at age 15 with written consent from both parents or legal guardians and a judge. Applicants who are 16 or 17 need written consent of both parents or legal guardians.
- Applicants aged 19 and over must present a valid driver’s license or ID. Applicants 18 or under need a certified copy of their birth certificate.
- If an applicant was previously married, proof of original divorce decree or death certificate must be shown to the marriage license agent.
- Applicants need to know the wedding date, county where the wedding will take place (Honolulu, Hawaii, Maui, or Kauai), name of their licensed marriage performer as well as their parents’ full legal names and state or foreign country of birth as this is all information that will be required on the marriage license application.
Couples who are still in need of a marriage performer can go to the Hawaii Wedding Love vendor page and look for officiants on each island.
- Prospective spouses must appear together in person before a marriage license agent to apply for a license.
- There is a $65 fee for your Hawaii marriage license, $60 for the application and $5 for processing.
Step 1. Gather all your necessary information and documents. It is highly recommended that you complete the marriage license application online and pay with a credit card before meeting with an agent. If that is not possible, print and fill out the application using black ink but leave the document unsigned. Applications sent by postal mail or email will NOT be accepted.
Step 2. Meet with a marriage license agent. Couples getting married on Oahu can see a marriage license agent in the Health Department Building (1250 Punchbowl Street, Room 101) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 8am to 4pm. On the neighbor islands, agents are independent and you have to call to make an appointment.
See the list of marriage license agents.
Step 3. Applicants who meet all the requirements will sign the application in front of the agent, and if approved, a marriage license will be issued. The license will be valid only in and throughout the State of Hawaii and will expire 30 days from and including the date it was issued.
Step 4. Give your marriage license to someone trustworthy to give to your officiant before the ceremony. After the ceremony is complete, you and your spouse will sign the license.
Your officiant will prepare and file for your marriage certificate, which is the document you will need in order to officially change your name. A newly married couple will be mailed one free certified copy of the marriage certificate 60 -120 days after their wedding date. Couples can apply for additional or expedited copies.
For more Hawaii marriage license information, call (808) 586-4545.
HAWAII MARRIAGE LICENSE AGENTS
Honolulu Main Office (Downtown):
– Judith Brown
– Sherilynn Luning
(808) 586-4544, (808) 523-1880 – McCully / Waikiki / Wahiawa
– Irene Takeda
(808) 271-7834 – Kailua / Kaneohe / Kalihi / Downtown Honolulu / Kaimuki
(808) 455-1186 – Pearl City
– Mary Gutzi
– Olga Kalashnikova
HAWAII (BIG ISLAND)
Hawaii District Health Office:
– Mary Farias
(808) 974-6008 – Hilo
– Roberta Cho
(808) 322-4880 – Kealakekua (West side of Big Island)
– Iris Yamauchi
(808) 887-8114 – Waimea
(808) 990-1929 – Kailua-Kona (South Kona and Kohala)
(808) 640-6179 – Hilo
Jazman (Anu) Haalilio – Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
(808) 930-4919 – Keauhou
Sheri Smith – Castle In Hawaii
(808) 965-1844 – Pahoa
(808) 875-8459 – Wailuku / Kihei / Wailea
(808) 242-5854 – Wailuku
(808) 276-6919 – Lahaina / Kahului
(808) 875-8459 – Wailuku / Kihei / Wailea
Westin Maui Resort & Spa (Lahaina):
– Minsun Robillard
– Sarah Snyder
Tiffany Cuello – Molokai District Health Office
(808) 553-3208 – Kaunakakai
(808) 336-0213 – Kaunakakai
(808) 565-6380, (808) 282-5097 – Lanai City
Rosalie Rosario – Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay
(808) 649-9070 – Lanai City
(808) 246-2779 – Lihue
(808) 652-4005 – Hanalei
(808) 742-7305 – Koloa / Poipu
(808) 826-7742 – Hanalei
Walter (Kamika) Smith
(808) 821-6882 – Wailua / Kapaa
(808) 821-6880 – Wailua / Kapaa
Kauai Marriott Resort (Lihue):
– Jacqueline Garces
– Sergio Meza
– Jody Value