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Posted on Jul 1, 2013 | 8 comments

How to Get a Marriage License in Hawaii

How to Get a Marriage License in Hawaii

Getting a marriage license in Hawaii is very easy. You don’t need a wedding coordinator or anyone else to be able to get one. All you need is you and your soon-to-be-spouse, a few documents and a wedding licensing agent. Whether you are planning to get married on the Big Island, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Lanai, or Molokai, here’s everything you need to do in order to say, “I do.”

Requirements to Apply for Marriage License

You do not need to be a resident of Hawaii or even a U.S. citizen, to apply for a Hawaii marriage license. However, you must be at least 18 years of age and proof of of age is required. If you are 19 years old or older, a valid photo I.D. or driver’s license is sufficient. Anyone who is 18 years of age or younger needs to present a certified copy of a birth certificate, as well.

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Waiting our turn to apply for our marriage license on Maui.

If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse’s death must be supplied. If that previous marriage ended in divorce or a spouse’s death in the 30 days before applying for your marriage license, you must present the original divorce decree or spouse’s death certificate to the marriage agent.

Find a Wedding Agent

Check the website of the county you will be getting married in for a list of wedding agents. Contact an agent from the list and set up an appointment to apply for a marriage license no more than 30 days before your wedding. We emailed the agent we worked with to set up an appointment and it only took a few minutes to set it all up. Once you have made your appointment, print up the Hawaii marriage license application and fill it out per the instructions.

Make note that you are not the only couple scheduled at that appointment time. Arrive early to be one of the first couples to be seen. The first to arrive for their appointed time are the first to be severed.

Also, keep in mind that many of the wedding agents work out of their homes. Once you arrive, follow the signs on where to wait to be invited inside to apply for your marriage license. There are usually seats, but they can all be taken by the time you arrive.

how to get a marriage license in hawaii

If you will need a uncertified copy of your marriage license before you receive the official copy in the mail, follow these steps.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

Make sure you have your paperwork filled out ahead of time because no copies of the marriage license application will be provided and there’s nowhere to complete it outside. You can print up the marriage license application from the Hawaii state’s website. Don’t sign the application until you are in the presence of the agent and they tell you to sign it. It MUST be signed in front of the agent. Along with the marriage license application, you must bring proof of your age to the appointment.

Both parties planning to be married, are REQUIRED to attend the appointment together to get their marriage license. A license will not be issued without both of you in attendance to the appointment. No exceptions are made since both of your signatures are required on the application and must be made in the presence of the agent.

When you are called in for your appointment and turn in your marriage license application, you will be required to pay your fees of $70 cash. Cash only accepted. The fees consist of $60 for the marriage license, $5 for processing and $5 for the agent’s time.

The agent will put all of your information into the system, print it up and give it to the two of you to check for accuracy. Make sure to go over it really carefully. Drew caught a spelling error to his name, right away. You don’t want any errors on your application because it could make your marriage license invalid.

Once you pay your fees, check the application for accuracy, and sign on the dotted line, you will be given your marriage license, issued on the spot. It is a simple one sheet of paper with nothing provided to protect it. I’d recommend bringing one yourself, like we did.

how to get a marriage license in hawaii

If you’d like to get your marriage certificate early, follow these steps.

After you receive your marriage license, it will be good throughout all of the state of Hawaii. It is not good in any other states. The license is only valid for 30 days. This includes the day it is issued. After 30 days, it will become null and void, requiring you to apply for another license if not used in that amount of time. With this knowledge, you now know how to get a marriage license in Hawaii.

Now you are eligible to get married anywhere throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Congratulations! We wish you many years of happiness.

Which island will you be getting wed on?

State and county marriage license requirements and fees often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. Great guide! Hawaii would be an amazing place to get married! We had a destination wedding in Florida and the process was pretty similar.

    We had an issue with ours not being valid though because we forgot to date it and somehow no one noticed! That is until I tried getting an updated passport! It was a little difficult to get everything sorted out from so far away, but eventually we got it settled :)
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    • Glad you got in resolved! That must have been stressful. I’m convinced that a destination wedding is the best way to go!

  2. Awesome information… my boyfriend and I will stopping over at Oahu for a week en route back to NZ at the end of January – who knows, this post could prove to be useful while we’re there! ;)

    • Kate, I hope you do. It’s a wonderful place to get married. Just so you know, on Oahu, you apply for a marriage license at the Health Department Building.

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