Maryland Marriage License

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a marriage license in Baltimore. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

City of Baltimore Marriage License Office

Marriage License Department 100 North Calvert Street Room 628 Baltimore, MD 21202 (410) 333-3780 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F Closed for holidays Observed by City of Baltimore

Fee: $85.00

Baltimore County Marriage License Office

401 Bosley Avenue

Towson, MD 21204

(410) 887-2607

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / M – F

Closed for holidays Observed by Baltimore County

Fee: $35.00

Harford County Marriage License Office

7 West Courtland Street

Bel Air MD 21014

(410) 638-3489 or (410) 638-3586

8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. / M – F

Closed for holidays Observed by Baltimore County

Fee: $50.00

Howard County Marriage License Office

9250 Bendix Road

Columbia, MD 21045

(4140) 313-5850

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / M – F

Closed for holidays Observed by Baltimore County

Fee: $25.00

Anne Arundel County Marriage License Office

8 Church Circle

Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 222-1437

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / M – F

Closed for holidays Observed by Baltimore County

Fee: $55.00

Most Maryland counties will only accept cash ... so call to verify what the other county charges for a marriage license and don't leave home without cash to pay for the license!

If you have completed a state recognized pre-marital preparation course, you may receive a discount on the license fee.

ID Requirement in City of Baltimore:

You must provide identification in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. Only one applicant needs to be present and should bring the following information for both applicants: name, address, age, social security number, place of birth and marital status. If divorce or widowed, You’re need the exact date(s) and name(s) of the county and state in which the divorce or death occurred for both applicants. I recommend you bring documentation because some records are hard to pull up.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Maryland. However, you must be married in the county where you purchased your license.

Previous Marriages:

City of Baltimore requires that you show your divorce decree, or have information regarding date, county and state of death of your previous spouse.

Waiting Period in Maryland:

There is a waiting period of 48 hours in Maryland to get married after you apply for your license.

Other Tests:

No blood test required

Proxy Marriages:


Cousin Marriages:


Common Law Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:


Under 18:

Parental consent is needed if under 18 years of age. If you are between 16-18 years of age, one of your parents or guardian must be with you and provide written consent.

If you are under 16 years of age, you will need both the written consent of your custodial parent or guardian and the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

If you are under 18, pregnant or have a child, and show a certificate from a licensed physician stating you are pregnant or have had a child, the parental consent requirement may be waived.


Official of a religious order or a deputy clerk or a judge.


License is valid for 6 months.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Maryland Division of Vital Records Department of Health and Mental Hygiene P.O. Box 68760 Baltimore, MD 21215-0020

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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