Courts & Legal
Maryland requires that a marriage license be obtained from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the county where the marriage is to take place.
Marriage licenses can be obtained at The Thomas Dorsey Building, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia, Maryland 21045. The telephone number is 410-313-5850. Applications for marriage licenses are not accepted after 4:00 p.m. The application process takes about 15 minutes.
If you are not a resident of Howard County, AND it is not convenient for you to visit the Clerk's Office, you may apply for a marriage license using a Non-Resident Application. The Non-Resident Marriage Application is available in fillable PDF (right-click on the link to save the form to your PC). If you come to the Clerk's Office, then the marriage application must be completed on-site at the Clerk's Office.
Waiting Period: After application, the license, which is not effective until 6:00 a.m. on the second calendar day, will be issued. (i.e. 48 hour waiting period) The license must be used within 6 months (you must marry within 6 months or the license will be void).
It is recommended that you contact the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the county you plan to marry as each county has different fees. The requirements for Howard County are as follows:
Only one of the parties needs to appear to apply for the marriage license, however, you must bring ID for both parties and have all of the information listed below (unless using a Non-Resident Marriage Application to marry outside of Howard County, then both parties must appear).
Both parties must be over 18 years of age. Forms of identification for each person: driver's license, birth certificate or a passport (Applicants 17 and younger are required to call the License Department prior to applying.)
The fee is $50.00 - CASH only
Neither a blood test nor witnesses are required in Maryland.
The following information is to be provided for the Bride and the Groom:
State/Country of birth
Social Security Numbers (mandatory) This information is required by State Law and will not be displayed on the marriage license.
If previously married:
Divorced - the day, month and year of the divorce, and the county and state in which the divorce was granted. If divorced within the last year at the time of application, a copy of the divorce decree must be presented.
Widowed - the day, month and year of the death, and the county and state in which the death occurred.
The application must be signed by the applicant(s) under oath indicating the truthfulness of the information under penalty of perjury.