Marriage License Information
No appointment is necessary. Both parties should be present to apply for the license. If you are unable to apply in person, you may request an application from the Ferry County Auditor's Office and your signatures on the completed application must be acknowledged by a notary public.
There is a three (3) day waiting period beginning the first day after you apply for your license and ending the third day following application. The license is valid for 60 days and may only be used in the State of Washington.
There are no blood tests, witnesses, nor birth, nor divorce certificates required to apply for a marriage license. Additionally, there is no residency requirement in the State of Washington. Divorced persons may apply for a marriage license as long as the final decree of divorce has been filed.
Both applicants need to know in what state (or country) their parents were born and their mother's maiden name.
Persons applying for marriage licenses must be 18 years of age or older.
If either party applying for the license is 17 years of age, consent of the party's parent or guardian is required. If the party's parent or legal guardian is not present at the time of application, a notarized consent statement must be presented.
If either party applying for the license is 16 years of age or younger, both parental/legal guardian consent AND a court waiver are required to apply.
To get a court waiver you will need to do the following:
There is a $54 fee for marriage licenses this includes one certified copy due at the time of application. Cash, personal checks and money orders are accepted. Credit cards are now accepted but there is a $2.50 processing fee.
State law prescribes who can perform a marriage ceremony: active and retired Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals judges, Superior Court judges, Superior Court commissioners, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction, as well as any regularly licensed or ordained minister or priest of any church or religious denomination. See RCW 26.04.050 for a complete list.
Ministers from any state may perform marriage ceremonies. Neither the bride nor the groom may perform the ceremony.
For information about having a District Court judge perform the ceremony, please call the District Court at 509-775-5225 ext. 2504.
All marriage records are a matter of public record. The one exception to this is for those enrolled in the State's Address Confidentiality program.
Once a license has been recorded, it cannot be "unrecorded".
To research public records call 509-775-5225 ext. 2500 during business hours 8:00am - 4:00 p.m. or stop by the Court House.