From American and foreigner couples to international celebrities, the “Fabulous Las Vegas” provides an endless array of options for a couple’s dream wedding. Whether wanting a traditional ceremony or the fanciest and grandest type of celebration, the city offers beautiful and romantic backdrops of signature man-made and natural attractions to make the newlyweds’ matrimonial experience the most memorable possible.
Marriage License Application
Las Vegas is in Nevada’s Clark County. The first thing that couple must do to get married in Las Vegas is to obtain a marriage license from the Las Vegas-Clark County Marriage Bureau.
Marrying in Las Vegas requires minimal legal documents and it entails a considerably fast processing time. For couples getting marriage licenses, there are no blood tests and waiting periods.
The couple must be physically present when securing a marriage license. They should pay the marriage license fee in cash and provide the legal documents required. The Marriage License Bureau is located at 201 E. Clark Ave. Las Vegas, Nevada 89155. It is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12 m.n., including holidays. Its contact number is 702-671-0600.
Marriages in Las Vegas are open to a legally single (including those divorced, legally separated or widowed) male and female not nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half blood.
The couple must present any of the following for identification: driver’s license, instruction permit, government-issued I.D. card, original or certified copy of birth certificate, military I.D., permanent resident card, temporary resident card, or passport. The marriage license shall contain the name of each applicant as shown in the identification documents presented at the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau.
For foreigners with legal documents in another language, they must all be translated to English and notarized.
Any U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident must also provide his/her Social Security Number for the Affidavit of Application for a Marriage License. The Marriage Bureau recognizes that non-U.S. citizens will not have Social Security Numbers.
In order to have a legal marriage, a person licensed or authorized to marry a couple in the state of Nevada must perform the ceremony before the marriage license expires. The license is generally valid within one year from the date of issuance. In some cases, such as those who are in the military, a marriage license can be valid for more than one year. There must also be at least one witness for the wedding, other than the individual performing the actual ceremony.
Adults 18 years of age or older do not need to provide parental consent. For those ages 16 or 17, they must provide a notarized parental consent or guardian’s consent before the granting of a marriage license. This must be written in English and it should specifically state the birth date of the minor and the relationship of the person giving the consent.
All concerned parties must provide proofs of identity. A certified copy of birth certificate to confirm relationship and age of concerned party is required. For a guardian, he or she must provide a court order showing proof of legal guardianship.
Persons under age 16 must have parental or guardian’s consent and authorization from the Nevada District Court. This entails paying court fees. The court order must be presented when applying for the marriage license.
The court may authorize the marriage of persons younger than 16 years of age in extraordinary circumstances if the court finds that the marriage can serve the best interests of the persons involved and all the required documents are presented.
Requirements for Divorced People Who are Re-marrying
While not required to bring the divorce decree, divorced people re-marrying in Las Vegas must provide the date of the final decree of the divorce and the city and state where the divorce was granted.
American Marrying a Foreigner or Foreigners Marrying in Las Vegas
Interracial marriages are permitted in Las Vegas. The marriage license requirements for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens are the same.
It is highly recommended that non-U.S. citizens check with their local officials for special or additional documents needed to ensure that the marriage in Las Vegas will be recognized in their countries.
Many countries need a certified copy of the Las Vegas marriage certificate and an Apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State in order to finalize or acknowledge the marriage done in a foreign country. These legal documents may be directly sent to the requiring government agency or to the married couple.
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