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To be legally married in Hawaii and the United States, you need get a State of Hawaii, marriage license. If you are doing a vow renewal, a marriage license is not required, skip this page.

This can only be done by you and your fiancé together and consequently, it is not part or our services or prices.

FYI: Our "Decorative Wedding Certificate" and the on-line application for a license is not a marriage license!

Note:
If you have questions regarding the legalities of the marriage license or civil union license, please direct them to the Hawaii State Dept. of Health or your attorney. We cannot dispense legal advice or opinions.

ON-LINE WEBSITE APPLICATION

Apply for your marriage or civil union license using the Hawaii State Dept. of Health website (see link above).

IMPORTANT: The on-line application is not a license!

Applying using the website will lessen your time spent at the marriage license office and will allow you to download a legal temporary license after your wedding while you wait for your official license to be mailed to you from the Health Dept. which takes anywhere from 30 to 90 days.

Keep your marriage license application receipt. Print it out and bring it with you. It has your document locator number.

FYI: The application asks for the name of the officiate performer. You can complete your application without it. The name of your confirmed officiate/minister will be emailed about 1 week before the beginning of the month of your event.


PICK-UP YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE IN HAWAII

You and your fiance must both go to the Hawaii State Dept. of Health Dept. during business hours OR make an appointment to meet with a licensing agent on a weekend, holiday, or office closure dates.

Both the parties to be married must appear in person at the State Health Dept. to verify your identities and to be issued your marriage license.

Bring your application paperwork and a government issued photo ID (drivers license, military ID, or passport ). Once your license is certified, it will must be used within 30 days.

The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed on US and Hawaii state holidays.

Get there before 3:30 pm. Check the official website to confirm all open dates and times.

Licenses can also be issued on evenings, weekends, holidays, and other closed dates by appointment only and with one of the marriage offices designated State Agents. Contact them directly.

IMPORTANT: On National and State holidays, the Health Dept. license office will be closed. Most State holidays are observed on Monday or Friday. Please plan accordingly. See holidays here.



BRING YOUR LICENSE TO CEREMONY

Bring your marriage license to the ceremony and give it to the officiate/minister before services begin. He'll instruct you from there and you can ask any questions you may have.

If you forget it in the hotel room, do not turn around to get it! This could cause you to be late and we may not be able to perform your ceremony as planned or not at all and no monies will be returned! You will need to meet the officiate at a time/place when he's available, the cost is $50 and more if outside Honolulu/Waikiki.

FYI: If you do not have your license at all, and need to get a license, you can do so but, the wedding date will be listed on the actual date (and location) the officiate signs it and not the day (prior) when the ceremony was performed.



AFTER THE CEREMONY

Your marriage license will be submitted electronically by the officiate/minister to the State Health Dept. and usually within (3) days of the ceremony.



AFTER SUBMITTAL

Once the Dept. of Health enters your information into the system, you'll be able to download a temporary license using your document locator number from the State of Hawaii website (if you applied using their website) usually, within 2 business days.

Your "official" marriage license will be mailed to you directly from the State of Hawaii and usually within 30-90 days.

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive your official licence in the mail after 4 months, please let us know, there may have been a problem and we can help and check on it for you.



Apostille for Foreign Countries

For those countries who are nations that have joined the 1961 Hague Convention (see below), the authentication process in that country requires a certificate called an "Apostille" to accompany the marriage certificate.

When you go to the Health Dept. marriage license office, make sure you notify them that you will need an Apostille. They will give you the proper forms and give you instructions.

There is the option of mailing in the Apostille application or you can go back to the Health Dept. to apply and pay for it at the same time. We suggest that you take care of this by either method before you leave. Tell the officiate on wedding day that you will be applying for an Apostille.

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