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Read the complete Hawaii marriage license requirements below. Links are provided on this page to the Hawaii State Department of Health website, the online Hawaii marriage license application, how to file for an Apostille, and Reciprocal Beneficiary Relationships.
You can download the HAWAII MARRIAGE APPLICATION to complete and print out, and either email or fax to the agent at least two weeks prior to your appointment. Or you can complete the ONLINE HAWAII MARRIAGE APPLICATION with payment in advance. If you complete the online application, you must inform the agent in advance of your scheduled appointment that your application has been submitted online. There will be a fee of $5 in cash due to the agent at the time of your appointment.
As part of our coordination services, we will schedule your marriage license appointment for you with the agent closest to your hotel. Please give us your preferred appointment date and time on your Reservation Form. Directions to the agent’s office, along with pre-application instructions, will be emailed to you with your confirmation documents. The marriage license application can be downloaded or submitted above.
For couples coming from other countries to be married, you’ll find information about the APOSTILLE on the State of Hawaii website. A certified copy of a marriage certificate issued by the State of Hawaii may need to be officially authenticated in order that it be recognized and accepted by government officials of foreign countries. Ask your marriage license agent for the form at your appointment.
RECIPROCAL BENEFICIARY RELATIONSHIPS
A reciprocal beneficiary relationship is a legal relationship created when two consenting adults who are prohibited from marriage declare their intent to enter a reciprocal beneficiary relationship. Click here for details.
You may also check the web site of the Hawaii State Department of Health, or call 808-586-4545 for more information.
Who is Eligible to Apply for a Marriage License?
- There are no state residence or U.S. citizenship requirements.
- Blood tests are not required.
- The legal age to marry is 18 years for both males and females.
- Males or females of 16 or 17 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents, legal guardian, or the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.
- Males or females of 15 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents or legal guardian, and the written approval of a judge of the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.
- Proof of age is required. A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 years of age or under. A valid I.D. or driver’s license may be presented for anyone 19 years of age or over.
- If previously married, proof of original divorce decree or death certificate needs to be presented to the marriage agent by the applicant if the divorce or death was final within 30 days of applying for a marriage license. NO FAXES ARE ACCEPTED.
- Cousins may marry. However, the blood relationship between the prospective bride and groom cannot be closer than first cousins.
How to Apply for a Marriage License
- The prospective bride and groom must appear together in person before a marriage license agent to apply for a marriage license. Proxies are not allowed.
- The prospective bride and groom should be prepared to provide the necessary proof of age and present any required written consents and approvals. All of the necessary documents should be obtained prior to applying for a marriage license.
- The prospective bride and groom must prepare an official application and file the application in person with the marriage license agent. Applications are provided by the marriage license agent or may be downloaded from this site (see below). The application will not be accepted if sent by either postal mail or e-mail.
- Upon approval, a marriage license is issued at the time the application is made.
- The marriage license costs $70.00, payable in cash at the time the application is made.
- The marriage license is good only in, but is valid throughout, the State of Hawaii. Your marriage is considered legal world wide.
- The marriage license expires, if not used, 30 days from and including the date of issuance, after which it automatically becomes null and void.
- If you do not get married within the 30 days, return the unused license in the pre-addressed envelope provided to you for invalidation.
It is highly recommended that you download the MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATION and fill it out in advance to be sure you have all the information needed, and to expedite the licensing procedure. You will receive information on the pre-application process with your confirmation documents. Marriage license applications for downloading are in Adobe Acrobat portable document format (PDF).
If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you need to install it before you can view and print the downloadable PDF files. The Acrobat Reader is free and can be downloaded to your computer. Download free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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