Connecticut Marriage License

Connecticut Marriage License

Marriage is indeed one of the most important days in our lives. Obviously, each of us wants to complete all the organizational tasks before the wedding ceremony. One of the main things you must do is applying for a marriage license. Almost everyone can get married in the State of Connecticut.

Requirements for getting a marriage license

First of all, you need to know that you will have to get your marriage license from the vital records office of your town, or more precisely, the town where you will get married.

The main requirements:

  • You are not a party to another marriage or a legal relationship.
  • Your age is 18 or higher (or if you are 16 and higher but have received an authorization of marriage from the probate court judge of your residence district).
  • You are not under a supervision of a protector (or if you are, but have received a written consent to marry from your protector).

Are there any restrictions about marrying someone?

In short, yes. In accordance with section C.G.S. § 46b-21, you are can’t marry the following relatives:

  • You can’t marry your parent
  • A grandparent also can’t become your spouse
  • You can’t marry your child
  • Your grandchild can’t become your spouse as well
  • A brother or a sister can’t marry you as well
  • Your parent’s sibling also can’t become your spouse
  • Your sibling’s child can’t marry you
  • A stepparent can’t marry you
  • Your stepchild also can’t become your spouse.

How to apply for a marriage license in Connecticut?

  • First, to request a marriage license, you must arrive in person with your spouse at the local vital records office in the town/city where you are going to get married.
  • The marriage license is distributed to ensure that you and your spouse can marry.
  • You have to complete the marriage license application, present proof of identity (a valid passport or a valid driver’s license), and state that all information you present is true.
  • In Connecticut, a blood test is no longer necessary to get a marriage license.
  • After the ceremony of marriage, the officiator must present the license to the registrar of vital records of the current town.
  • Then, after they register your marriage license, it becomes a marriage certificate.

Can you request a license and marry on the same day in Connecticut?

In brief, yes. No matter in which town or city in Connecticut you apply for a marriage license, it does not really take much time. But obviously, you can always request it a little bit earlier, as the marriage license is good for about two months. You don’t really have to worry about the time. Most of all, even an appointment is not necessary to get a marriage license. In any case, please check the operating time by calling the office of your town or city.

Who can perform marriages in the State of Connecticut?

In fact, the following can perform marriages:

  • Judges (including retired ones), federal judges, and judges from other states of the US
  • Magistrates of Family support, referees of family support and state referees,
  • Justices of the peace who perform work in Connecticut,
  • Licensed or ordained members of the clergy, that obtain authority to officiate marriages through online ministries.

How much does the marriage license cost in Connecticut?

To get your marriage license in Connecticut, you pay $50. For a certified copy of the marriage license, you will pay only $20. You can get a copy of your marriage license at the same time when taking the license. Please note that you have to check whether your state accepts cash payments or personal checks. Your state may accept also other payment methods for your marriage license.

How to take a copy of your Connecticut marriage license?

In Connecticut, you have to apply separately for the marriage license copy. Anyone over the age of 18 can purchase a certified copy of the marriage certificate for a fee. The requester may get all data on the marriage certificate, except for the spouse’s social security number. In fact, only the parties to the marriage can get copies of marriage certificates that include the spouse’s social security numbers.

However, if you are requesting a copy of a marriage certificate with a social security number, you will have to present identity proof. In fact, these kinds of documents can be a driver’s license, a copy of your passport, etc. Of course, the documents must show that you are one of the parties mentioned on the marriage certificate.

To get a copy of the certificate, you must submit a request to the Vital Records Office of the city or town where you were married.

More information on Connecticut Marriage License

Finally, if you have specific cases or if you have questions that we haven’t answered in this article, please contact the State Vital Records Office of Connecticut.


CT Department of Public Health
State Vital Records Office
410 Capitol Avenue, 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 509-7700

For mail, use this address:

CT Department of Public Health
State Vital Records Office
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#11VRS
Hartford, CT 06106

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