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Marriage License

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To be legally married in the State of Hawaii and the United States, you need to do a couple of things.

If you're already married and just having a vow renewal, you don't need a license.

APPLY:

Apply and register for a license. You do this by following this link to the State of Hawaii Health Dept.

Note:
Procuring a license can only be done by you. we cannot do this for you and is not part of our service or cost.

Note:
The application asks for the name of the officiate. We cannot give you name of a officiate until, you reserve our service.


Go here:
Hawaii Marriage and Civil Union Registration System.


PICK-UP LICENSE:

You and your future spouse must appear in person at the State Dept. of Health in downtown Honolulu verify your identity and be issued a marriage license.

COVID restrictions may require you to call the office and make an appointment.

Bring your application paperwork and both of you need to show government issued photo I.D. (driver's license, military I.D., or passport).

Note:
Our "Decorative Wedding Certificate" is not a marriage license.

Note:
Some foreign countries require an additional document called an Appostille to be recognized as legal marriage. See below.

See map here.

If you have questions regarding the legalities of your marriage or civil union, please direct them to the Hawaii State Dept. of Health or your attorney. We do not give legal advice or opinions.

If you can only pick-up after business hours, a weekend, you must make an appointment to meet with a off-duty agent. The Health Dept. has a list or ask us for a name.

AFTER YOU GET YOUR LICENSE:

You must
bring your issued License Worksheet to the ceremony and give it to the officiate.

If you forget it, do not go back to get it! This will make you late.

If you do forgot it, you must meet the officiate after the ceremony or you will not be legally married. This requires an extra fee paid directly to the officiate (usually $50 or more if outside Honolulu/Waikiki).

If you did not get a license, we can still do a ceremony but, it will not be legal until, you get one and have the officiate sign and submit it. The wedding date will be the date and location the officiate signs it and not the date and location of your ceremony.


AFTER THE CEREMONY:

The officiate will take the sheet, sign, and input your information electronically to the State. We allow up to 5 days.

You can choose to have our officiate expedite submittal and do it that evening. Order this service on our Request Form.

Once your information is entered into the system, you'll be able to download a temporary license using your document locator number. It usually takes the State, 3 business days.

Your official marriage license will be mailed to you directly from the State of Hawaii and usually within 30 days. unless, you've paid extra to have them expedite it.

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive your official licence by mail after 3 months, please let us know, the officiate can check on it for you.


Apostille for Foreign Countries

Many countries require a "Apostille" to accompany the marriage license certificate for certification.

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

If you did not get your Apostille you can go back to the Health Dept. to apply and pay for it at the same time before your leave Hawaii.

If you forget to get your Apostille or forget to mail the form back to the government or did not think that you needed one and your home country says you do, all is not lost. Go here.

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