You’re getting married in Seattle-King County and need to get legal! Here is a quick and easy guide to applying for and picking up your marriage license.

Visit the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle, Washington or any Courthouse or County Auditor’s Office in Washington State:

You and your partner need to make a trip to any County Courthouse in Washington State to apply for your marriage license to get married in any County in Washington State.

In Seattle/King County, there is a 3-day waiting period from the date your license is issued. So, if you are being married, you want to apply and secure your license a minimum of four days (4) before your intended wedding date. This way, you build in a little “fudge time” if something unexpected happens and you can’t make it to the courthouse.

When applying for your license, you will need your happy selves, a $64 license fee (payable in cash – no credit or debit cards) and picture identification. Both parties must be unmarried, over the age of 18 and/or meet the age requirements as outlined on King County, Washington’s website.

In addition, both the prospective bride and groom must be divorced but do not need to provide proof of divorce when applying in-person for a license. A blood test is not required. Applicants do not need to be residents of Washington State to apply for a marriage license and interestingly enough, a valid license issued in any County in Washington State is good for any County in Washington State.

If you are applying for your license from out-of-State, you can start the process via phone and snail mail. Just go to the King County website above to download an application form.

Satellite Offices/Marriage License:

In King County, Washington, there are satellite marriage license offices outside of downtown Seattle to apply for a license. In addition to the “big Seattle Courthouse” on 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle, satellite offices are located in: Bothell, Covington, Kent, Renton, Sammamish, Woodinville/Redmond and Vashon Island. So, instead of a drive to downtown Seattle and pricey parking, take a side trip to a local marriage license office to apply and secure your marriage license.

If you have any questions, contact the King County Courthouse – Marriage License Records office. For a government office, I’ve found the staff there to be friendly and helpful for questions and concerns.

King County/Seattle, Washington – Marriage License:

http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx


Annemarie Juhlian is a Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant & Minister based in the Seattle area. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions. Call/text 425.922.1325 or email.