How To Get A Marriage License In Hawaii

Posted on July 22, 2013. Filed under: Wedding planner, weddings | Tags: , |

This article discusses how to get a Hawaii marriage license for beach weddings

Getting married is just about any girl’s dream and what better way to enjoy your wedding than to head into one of the most romantic wedding places in the world – Hawaii. Just imagine – long stretches of fine soft sand, with calm turquoise waters splashing silently in the background set against a backdrop of clear blue sky, the perfect place to become one in the sight of God and men.

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To ensure that you get those perfect Hawaii beach weddings that most couples do get to enjoy, it is important to know all about Hawaii marriage license. Although most beaches in Hawaii are free, it is still necessary to get your marriage license to be considered legally married.  Here are some things to ensure that you are eligible to get married in Hawaii.

Eligibility Requirements:

First, one should be of legal age to get married legally in Hawaii. It does not matter whether you are a local or a foreigner; you must be 18 years of age to get married. If you are sixteen or seventeen and want to get married, then you need to obtain parental or legal guardian consent to get married.

Secondly, a proof of age is required by the Department of Health to ensure that you are really of legal age. You can present certificate of live birth, driver’s license or any other government issued IDs to get your license.

If you have been married previously and are divorced or your former spouse is already deceased, you have to show documents such as the original death certificate of your spouse or the certificate that proves that you are already divorced.

How To Apply:

Applying for a marriage certificate is fast and easy. The first step is contacting a licensed minister or a performer as they call them in Hawaii, to officiate your marriage. This is required when you apply for a marriage license. You can choose a religious performer such as a priest or minister or a judge performer such as a magistrate or a retired justice to officiate your marriage.  You will find registered performers at the Department’s official site as well as the type of ceremony that they perform and the city where they are located.

The second step is getting your marriage form. You can easily download an application form from the Department of Health’s official website. There are two types of application form to choose from – marriage and civil union.

Save print and together with your supporting documents and payment fee, head to the marriage license office, which you can find in the State Health Department. Remember that both parties should personally appear before a marriage agent. No emails or mailed applications are entertained and proxies are definitely not allowed.

home2 Third, choose the place where you would like to get married. The license  is valid for thirty days (30) so you can find one that suits you or check out one of the professional wedding planners that cater to Hawaiian weddings. As the Hawaiian weather can change drastically, it is easier to book one wedding planner that knows how to make the day look amazing despite cloudy skies and thunderstorms. You might want to try out the services of Steve Young from DreamWeddingHawaii.com.

All weddings done in Hawaii are legal. If you are a foreigner, inform the registrar of the country where you are a resident and they will send all the legal documents to you so you can file it when you get back home.

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