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How to get married in Las Vegas

How to get married in Las Vegas

Those striving to tie the knot quickly and easily go to Las Vegas, Nevada. But how long does it take to get a marriage license in Las Vegas? The answer is simple – a marriage license in the state requires neither a blood test nor a waiting period or appointment. Future spouses can obtain this document right after they appear in the court-house and produce their IDs.

A marriage license will be issued immediately after a couple pays the fee. It is important to note that this document is valid only for twelve months, meaning that future spouses have one year to have their wedding ceremony. Technically, a couple can receive a Las Vegas weddings license and celebrate their wedding on the same day.

To become husband and wife, future spouses should take the following steps.

1. Check if you're eligible

Here are a few requirements that every future spouse must meet:

  • Be 18 years old or older. If a minor wants to tie the knot, the consent of one parent is needed. Once the relevant document is provided and the court believes that this marriage is in the teenager’s best interest, the request will be approved
  • Relationships must not be closer than 2nd cousins; otherwise, charges of incest may be involved
  • Have no living spouse; otherwise, charges of bigamy may be used

In Vegas, future spouses are not required to be Nevada residents to tie the knot.

2. Get a marriage license

Anybody wishing to get married in Las Vegas is supposed either to preregister for a marriage license online or show up at a marriage bureau in person. Since there is no waiting period between filing the application and getting the license, future spouses can get one immediately. If you want to preregister, then you can do this up to two months prior to the wedding date. If you decide to go to the bureau without previous registration, then you will need to produce a specific application first and only then have your license issued. You and your future spouse must show up together with your IDs, such as your passports, driver’s licenses, green cards, etc., and pay for the license.

3. Get married and receive a marriage certificate

After you and your future spouse receive the license, you have twelve months to get married. You can either plan a big wedding ceremony or have a Las Vegas courthouse wedding that is much cheaper than a traditional one. If you don’t know where to get married in Vegas, browse the internet to look through available options – there are many places to get married in Las Vegas. 

When choosing a chapel for the celebration, make sure that you pick one that has an authorized officiant and can supply a witness. Within the next ten days, you will be able to get a copy of your marriage certificate for which you will have to pay for. You will need one to change your name, file taxes, and register your marriage in another country if you are a foreigner.

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Written by Molly Allens

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