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Getting a Marriage License in Southern Maryland

070615-mdmarriage-01To be legally married in the eyes of the State of Maryland, you need a marriage license. These are issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and there’s one in every county. You’ll need to apply for a license in the county in which you are marrying.

In Maryland, no blood tests are required, and only one of the parties needs to be present to apply for the license. The process takes about 15 minutes. The license is not effective right away, so make sure you have your timing correct. Licenses become effective 48 hours after it was issued, and they are valid for six months.

Fees vary by county. Each county also differs on the availability of its judges and courtrooms for civil ceremonies. Find more at the websites for each county’s Clerk of the Court. Here are the websites for the Southern Maryland counties:

Anne Arundel County: http://www.clerkannearundel.org/license-department/marriage-licenses

Calvert County: http://www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/calvert/marriagelicense.html

Charles County: http://www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/charles/marriage.html

Prince George’s County: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/ClerkCircuitCourt/Services/MarriageLicenses/Pages/default.aspx

St. Mary’s County: http://www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/stmarys/marriage.html