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WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

BECKY LEWALLEN, COUNTY CLERK

MARRIAGE LICENSE INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS  

LEGAL AGE TO MARRY:

Both parties must be 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER to contract for a marriage license in Arkansas.
MALES 17 YEARS OF AGE AND FEMALES 16-17 YEARS OF AGE §9-11-102
MUST have PARENTAL CONSENT

REQUIRES A MANDATORY 5-DAY WAITING PERIOD

 

“PARENTAL CONSENT” is defined as the consent of:
Both parents of the person under 18 years of age who wishes to enter into a contract for marriage;
OR
The custodial parent of the person under 18 years of age if the parents are divorced and one parent has been awarded custody exclusive of the non-custodial parent ;
OR
The custodial parent when the non-custodial parent has surrendered custody through abandonment or desertion;RingWed
OR
Paternity has been determined by a court of competent jurisdiction and the court has awarded custody to the man adjudged to be the father of the under-aged party;
OR 
A court-appointed guardian of the person under 18 years of age

IF ONE OR BOTH PARTIES ARE UNDER THE MINIMUM AGE PRECRIBED IN §9-11-102 and the female is pregnant

In those instances where one or both of the parties wishing to marry are under the minimum age and the female IS PREGNANT, both parties may appear before a judge of the circuit court of the district where the application for marriage license is being made. The circuit court judge, after considering all evidence supplied by the parties, may issue an order directing the clerk to issue a marriage license to the party or parties under 18 years of age and wishing to marry.

In those cases where the female has given birth to a child of the parties the parties may petition the circuit court for consent to marry. The circuit court judge, after considering all of the evidence, may issue an order directing the clerk to issue a marriage license to the parties.

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LEGAL IDENTIFICATION:

Males and Females 18 or over MUST present a valid Picture identification (Driver’s License or ID card issued by the State)
Males 17 and Females 16-17 MUST present (1) a valid picture identification (Driver’s License or government-issued ID card), (2) a state certified Birth Certificate, (3) Parental Consent (Parent or Parents must appear with the underage party). Other forms of ID may be acceptable ONLY with the County Clerk’s approval.


FEE:

A license fee is $60.00 (Sixty Dollars). Cash ONLY.

 


OTHER:

BOTH MALE AND FEMALE APPLICANTS MUST BE PRESENT TOGETHER WHEN THE LICENSE IS ISSUED.

(A Power of Attorney is not acceptable under any circumstances.)

MARRIAGE LICENSE IS VALID FOR SIXTY (60) DAYS. The license, used or unused, MUST be returned to the office of the County Clerk within 60 days from date of issuance, otherwise the $100 bond will be executed upon. (A couple has 60 days from the date the license is issued to be married and to return the license to the office to be recorded; or if the license is not used, it must be returned unused for cancellation.) Persons performing marriages as commanded in the license may not perform a marriage if the license is over 60 days old.


WAITING PERIODS:

There is no waiting period required in Arkansas. License may be issued immediately if the applicants are both age 18 or over. Males age 17 and females age 16 or 17 who are obtaining a marriage license with parental consent must fulfill a waiting period of 5 business days.

MEDICAL OR BLOOD TESTS:

None required in Arkansas


LICENSE USE:

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make arrangements for the marriage by a minister or person qualified to perform marriages in Arkansas. No witnesses are required.

MINISTER’S LICENSE RECORDED:

Minister’s performing marriages in the State of Arkansas MUST have had their credentials (Ordination Certificate or Minister’s License) recorded in any county in Arkansas. Ministers MUST complete the information required in the Certificate of Marriage on the Marriage License. The minister is NOT responsible for returning the license after the marriage ceremony. The applicants are responsible and MUST return the marriage license to the County Clerk’s office to be recorded within SIXTY (60) DAYS from the date of issuance.


JUSTICE OF THE PEACE:

Justices of the Peace in Arkansas (and any former Justice of the Peace who served at least 2 terms since 1977) may solemnize marriages and must complete the information required in the Certificate of Marriage on the Marriage License.

For the issuance of Marriage Licenses, the office hours are: Monday through Friday – 8:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.
3rd Floor Washington County Courthouse

 

Becky Lewallen, County Clerk
Washington County Courthouse
280 N. College, Suite 300
Fayetteville, AR 72701

 




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Last updated: 1/2/2013 9:54:50 AM