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Marriage License

Am I eligible to get a marriage license in Multnomah County?

You must meet these requirements to have a marriage license issued from Multnomah County:

  • You are at least 17 years old. (If you are 17, please read the Consent Requirements before you apply for your license.)
  • Your ceremony will take place somewhere in the State of Oregon.
  • You are getting married within 60 days.
  • You are not currently married.
  • You are not first cousins or any nearer of kin.

How do I get a marriage license? (Updated 9/21/2021)

You can get your license three ways:

  1. Walk-in service
  2. By Appointment
  3. Through the mail (Current processing time: 2-3 weeks.  Please plan accordingly.)

1.  Walk-In Service

You may appear in person to purchase and pick up your license.  Appointments are not needed.  Licenses are issued the same day.

Instructions

  1. Fill out your marriage application at www.multcomarriage.org
  2. Bring a copy of photo identification for both parties (driver's license, state id card, passport, etc.). The name on the application should match the identification provided. 

  3. Bring a $60 cashier's check or money order made out to Multnomah County Marriage Licenses. If you are requesting a waiver of the three-day waiting period, please submit a $65 cashier's check or money order instead.

Walk-in service is available Monday-Friday, 8:30 - 4:30 pm.

2. By Appointment (Optional)

If you like the convenience of an appointment, please use our scheduling software to schedule a time to pick up your license.  Licenses are issued the same day. 

Instructions

  1. Fill out your marriage application at www.multcomarriage.org

  2. After your application is complete, click on the button below to schedule your appointment.

  3. Bring a copy of photo identification for both parties (driver's license, state id card, passport, etc.). The name on the application should match the identification provided. 

  4. A $60 cashier's check or money order made out to Multnomah County Marriage Licenses. If you are requesting a waiver of the three-day waiting period, please submit a $65 cashier's check or money order instead. 

click button to schedule appointment

You will need your submission ID from your application in order to schedule your appointment! Make sure it’s available!

Appointments may be made 1 to 42 days in advance. Same day appointments are not available.

If You Don’t Have A Computer

Please contact our office, 503-988-3326, option 4, to speak with one of our Customer Service Representatives. 

COVID-19 Protocols

Masks are required for in-person service.  No large groups are allowed in room 175.  Family and friends are required to wait outside.

Parking

Parking is very limited at the Multnomah Building.  Please review our parking and transportation suggestions.

3.  Through the Mail (optional)

Couples may opt to complete the issuance process through the mail. This process is good for those who may not want to visit the building or have 4-8 weeks before their ceremony.

To get your license in the mail, please complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out your marriage application at www.multcomarriage.org.

  2. After completing the application online, return the following items to our office by mail or use our 24-hour drop box: 

  • The printed application with applicant signatures.

  • A copy of the confirmation page with submission ID listed. This is important because it also contains your contact information and your preferred return address for your marriage document.

  • A copy of photo identification for both parties (driver’s license, state id card, passport, etc.). The name on the application should match the identification provided.

  • A $60 cashier’s check or money order made out to Multnomah County Marriage Licenses. If you are requesting a waiver of the three-day waiting period, please submit a $65 cashier’s check or money order, instead.

  • Mail the information to:

Multnomah County Marriage License Office
Attn: Marriage Licenses
PO Box 2716
Portland OR 97208-2716

24-hour Drop Box24-hour document drop box at Multnomah Building entrance

A document drop box is available at the Multnomah Building  501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214

Items placed in the drop box will be processed the next business day.   

Once we receive and review your information, we will mail you the marriage license packet to take with you to your ceremony. Instructions for the officiant will be included, as well as instructions for returning your completed license.


Note about Parents Information

Parental names should be complete (first, middle, last) and should be reflective of the name they were born with.


Note about Last Name Taken After Marriage

Oregon law limits the possible name change options when getting married. Please review the options below before selecting your name taken after marriage.

(a) Retain the party’s middle name, if any, and surname prior to the marriage;

(b) Retain the party’s middle name, if any, and change the party’s surname to the surname of the other party;

(c) Either retain or remove the party’s middle name, if any, and change the party’s surname to one surname or a combination of surnames, or names within the surnames, of either or both parties, with or without a hyphen;

(d) Change the party’s middle name, if any, to the party’s surname at birth or prior to the marriage; or

(e) Add to the party’s middle name, if any, the party’s surname at birth or prior to the marriage and change the party’s surname to the surname of the other party.


Frequently asked questions:

I want to change my name. What are my options?

I need to have the waiting period waived. How do I do that?

Who can marry us?

What if our officiant got ordained online?

What about witnesses?

What happens after the ceremony?

I've changed my name on my marriage license. What do I do now?

How do I get a certified copy of my marriage license?

I need an apostille seal on my marriage record. Where do I go?

There is a mistake on my marriage license. How do I fix it?

Need extra help?  


I want to change my name. What are my options?

As part of the marriage license application, each party must pick the name taken after the marriage ceremony. However, the State of Oregon limits your name change options. If your desired name is not listed when applying, please ask the clerk at the window for allowable name options. 


I need to have the waiting period waived. How do I do that? 

We will waive the three day waiting period for an extra $5.00. You must intend to have a ceremony within the three days before we can issue the waiver.  


Who can marry us?

The following people can perform ceremonies:

  • Anyone authorized by an active religious congregation or secular organization. (Requirements for Officiants)
  • A State of Oregon judicial officer. List of Judges 10_15_20 (39.25 KB)
  • An active judge of a federal court.
  • An active United States Magistrate judge.  

What if our officiant got ordained online?

As long as the online ordination meets the requirements from the State of Oregon, it is just as official as a traditional religious ordination.  


What about witnesses?  

You need two witnesses who are 18 years or older to make a ceremony valid in Oregon. Neither the minister or partners involved can act as a witness. Witnesses will print their names on the license as verification of their presence.  


What happens after the ceremony? 

The officiant will fill in the required information and sign the license. Once complete, the officiant is responsible for returning the license to Multnomah County within five days of the ceremony.

Information for Officiants  


I’ve changed my name on my marriage license. What do I do now?

Now that your name has changed, you will need to update all your information, such as your driver’s license, passport, etc. with the new name. Here is the  name change information (41.04 KB) that can help you through the process. Most organizations will want to see a certified copy of your marriage license as proof of your new name.  


How do I get a certified copy of my marriage license?

Through the Mail

 You can get a certified copy by mailing in the Certified Copy Request Form. Once received, we process requests within 1-2 business days. We only accept checks for mailed requests. Payments must be in US dollars. 

In Person by Walk-In or Appointment

You may walk in or schedule an appointment to pick up copies of your marriage license. 
click button to schedule appointment

  • Please call and verify your license has been received before walking in or making an appointment!
  • Parking is very limited at the Multnomah Building.  Please review our parking and transportation suggestions.
  • No large groups are allowed in room 175.  Family and friends must wait outside.
  • If you arrive late for your appointment, you may need to reschedule for another date.
  • The first copy costs $7.75.  Additional copies, ordered at the same time, cost $4.00 each.
  • We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards, and certified funds (money orders and cashier's checks).
    • Make checks payable to Multnomah County Recorder
    • A convenience charge of 2.35% applies for credit card orders.  Debit card orders incur a flat fee of $3.50.
  • The Multnomah County Assessment, Recording, and Taxation Customer Service office is located at:

    501 SE Hawthorne Blvd #175
    Portland OR 97214

    Office hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. 


I need an apostille seal on my marriage record. Where do I go?

The Secretary of the State of Oregon is responsible for providing apostille seals. They will not accept County-issued copies of marriage records. Instead, you must provide a copy from the State of Oregon Vital Records office.  


There is a mistake on my marriage license. How do I fix it?

If you notice a mistake on your license before the ceremony, contact our office either by live chat, email dartcs@multco.us or phone 503.988.3326 so we can assist you in correcting the mistake.

If the license has already been received by our office, there may be a $20 amendment fee charged to correct the information. Please contact us so we can assist you.

To avoid these errors, review and verify your information before submitting the application.  


Need extra help?

Use our live chat service

Phone: 503.988.3326

Email: dartcs@multco.us