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Marriage License

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Want to be legally married in Hawaii?

- You need a State of Hawaii marriage license. W
e cannot do this for you, this must be done you.

FYI:

- If you're already married and having a vow renewal or ceremony recreation, you don't need a license.

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Our "Decorative Wedding Certificate" is not a license.

- The on-line application is not a Marriage license.

- The license fee is not part of our service or cost.

- You cannot use a license issued by a another State or country. It must be issued in Hawaii.

- Many countries require an additional document called an Appostille to be recognized as legal marriage (see below).


- If you have questions regarding the legalities of your marriage license or civil union, please direct them to the Hawaii State Dept. of Health or your attorney. We are not attorney's nor can we give legal advice or opinions, Advice contained herein is not to be construed as legal advice.


How to get a marriage license.

Apply for your license.

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Apply for your license using the Hawaii State Dept. of Health website. Hawaii Marriage and Civil Union Registration System.

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The application asks for the name of the officiate. We do not send out the name of the officiate until the last week before the month of your wedding.

- You should be able to process the form without a name but, if you have a problem, we can give you a name (this person may not be your actual officiate).


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Print out your application receipt and bring it with you. It has your document locator number.



Pick-up your license at the Health Dept. Here

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Both you and your spouse must appear in person to be issued the marriage license.

- Bring your application paperwork and your government issued photo ID to the Health Dept..

- The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Get there before 3:30 pm. See holidays and closure dates here.

- If you can only pick-up after business hours or on a weekend or on closure dates, you must make an appointment to meet with a off-duty agent. The Health Dept. has a list or ask us for a name.

- Once issued, the license must be used within 30 days.



Bring your license to the ceremony.

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Bring your marriage license to the ceremony and give it to the officiate.

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If you forget it, do not go back to get it! This may make you late.

- If you did not get a license, we can still do a ceremony but, it will not be legal until you get one and have the officiate sign and submit it. The wedding date will be the date and location the officiate signs it.

- If you did not get one or forgot it, you must meet the officiate when he's available or you will not be married. The cost is $50 and more if outside Honolulu/Waikiki. This is far better than late fees, rescheduling, or worse, not getting married and and having no monies returned.


After the ceremony.

Your marriage license will be submitted electronically by the officiate/minister to the State and usually within (2-5) days of the ceremony.



After submittal.

Once your information is entered into the system, you'll be able to download a temporary license using your document locator number from your application usually, within 2-3 business days.

Your official marriage license will be mailed to you directly from the State of Hawaii and usually within 30-45 days.

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive your official licence in the mail after 3 months, please let us know, we can help and check on it for you.


Apostille for Foreign Countries

Many countries require a "Apostille" to accompany the marriage license certificate for certification.

When you go to the Health Dept., make sure you notify them that you will need an Apostille. They will give you the proper forms and instructions.

If you did not get your Apostille you can go back to the Health Dept. to apply and pay for it at the same time before your leave Hawaii.

If you forget to get your Apostille or forget to mail the form back to the government or did not think that you needed one and your home country says you do, all is not lost. Go here.

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Israel
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Japan
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Portugal
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Spain
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Trinidad & Tobago
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