Marriage

If you need documentation of a marriage, need to file a marriage certificate, or you are getting married and need to apply for a marriage license, this is the place to start.

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Marriage license application

A marriage license in Minnesota is valid for six months and only allows you to be married in the state of Minnesota.

Application process

Email us at license.gc@hennepin.us. Include the following in your email:

  • Date of marriage
  • Phone number

Fees

Payment can be made by check, money order or cashier's check.

  • Regular fee: $115
  • Fees are non-refundable

Additional information

  • License will be issued within 3 -5 business days.
  • Neither of you is required to be a Minnesota resident.
  • A packet of information will be included with your license.
  • A marriage must be witnessed by two adults (16 or older).
  • An official who marries a couple should review the Filing a marriage license section.
  • For more help call 612-348-8240.

Marriage certificate or record application

A certified copy of a marriage record verifies that a marriage has taken place and must be applied for in the county where the original marriage license application was made.

If the original marriage license application was made in Hennepin County, a certified copy can be requested by mail, fax, or drop-off at the Maple Grove service center lobby drop box.

To get a marriage certificate you need to provide the correct marriage date and applicant names. If you don't know the date and names, we can search for $20 per hour ($10 minimum) in addition to the cost of the copy.

Mail in application

  1. Complete the marriage record application (PDF).
  2. Print and sign the application.
  3. Mail your completed and signed application, along with check or money order to the address on the application.

Drop off application

Completed applications can be dropped off in the lobby drop-box at the Maple Grove service center. There is no waiting or processing transactions directly with staff. Applications will be processed and completed materials mailed out.

Prepare application

  1. Complete a marriage record application (PDF).
  2. Print and sign the application..
  3. Call 612-348-8240 if you have questions.

Drop off application

Drop your completed application and payment in the lobby drop-box at our Maple Grove location. Drop-off is only to deliver your application or request. No on-site processing is available at this time.

Lobby hours

  • Monday - Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday - closed

Address

Maple Grove Service Center
9325 Upland Lane North
Maple Grove, MN 55369

FAX application

  1. Begin your order at VitalChek.
  2. After placing your order print the Vital Records Authorization and sign it.
  3. Fax your signed authorization form to 612-348-2010.

Processing times

Regular processing

Orders will be processed within 2 - 3 weeks of receipt.

Faster processing

  • Orders will be processed within 3 - 5 business days
  • You must include an additional $20 and write "Expedite" on the envelope

Order status

If it's been over four (4) weeks since you ordered use our Vital records order inquiry form.

Fees

  • Each certified copy: $9
  • VitalChek fee: $7
  • (Optional) UPS express mail: $20
  • (Optional) Expedite processing: $20

If you are unable to place your order through VitalChek

  1. Complete the marriage record application (PDF).
  2. Print and sign the application.
  3. Submit the marriage record application and this fax cover sheet (PDF) by FAX to 612-348-2010.

Filing a marriage certificate

Within five days after the marriage ceremony, the official who performed the marriage must file the marriage certificate with the county.

Instructions were included in the packet issued to the applicants when they applied for their marriage license.

What the official will do after the ceremony

  • Print or type the names of the witnesses along with your name (the official) and credentials on the appropriate lines.
  • The applicants, witnesses, and official must sign the certificate.
  • Make sure the certificate is complete and return it in the pre-addressed envelope within FIVE (5) DAYS of the ceremony to the:

DIRECTOR OF LICENSING
MARRIAGE LICENSE DEPARTMENT
Hennepin County Government Center
A Level – Suite A-025
300 S. 6th St.
Mpls, MN 55487-0026

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