A Hawaii Wedding

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Marriage License Basics

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- To be legally married in the State of Hawaii and the United States, you need a State of Hawaii marriage license issued to you by the Hawaii State Dept. of Health.

- Just the same as getting a driver's license or passport, nobody else
can do this for you. This must be done you.

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

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Our "Decorative Wedding Certificate" is not a marriage license.

- The Hawaii State Dept. of Health on-line website application is not the marriage license. It is only a application to get a marriage license.

- The license fee is not part of our AHW service or cost and therefore, is not included on your contract (we can't get it right?).

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

- Many foreign 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 cannot give legal advice or opinions.

- The advice contained herein is not to be construed as legal advice and all information should be verified with the appropriate entity.

How to get a marriage license.

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

Note:
The application asks for the name of the officiate. Having the name is not a legal requirement of submitting an application. We actually do not send out the confirmed vendor name until, the last week before the month of your event when we set our schedule for the month. You should be able to process the form without a name but, if you have a problem processing the form , use, "Michael David Nelson" (this person may not be your actual officiate).

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Save or print out your application receipt for your records and for access while in Hawaii if needed.



Pick-up your license at the Health Dept.

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Both you and your spouse must appear in person at the State Dept. of Health in downtown Honolulu to be issued a marriage license. See map here.

- 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 marriage 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 will make you late.

- If you forgot it, you must meet the officiate after the ceremony or you will not be legally married. A fee determined solely by the officiate, must be paid directly to the officiate for doing this is (usually $50 or more if outside Honolulu/Waikiki). This is between you and the officiate, we're not involved. This is far better and cheaper than incurring ceremony late fees, rescheduling, or worse, not getting married and and having no monies returned.

- 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 and not the date and location on your contract.


After the ceremony.

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

- Once your information is entered into the system, you'll be able to download a temporary license using your document locator number 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. unless, you've paid extra to have them expedite it.

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive your official licence by mail after 3 months, please let us know, the officiate can 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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