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Marriage Licenses

Applying for an Iowa marriage license

The Marriage Application and License fee is $35.00. The parties to be married and one witness must be at least 18 years of age and must appear in person between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All parties must show a valid government photo ID. Alternatively, you may mail a completed application that has been notarized to us.


  • All signatures must be notarized (Party A, Party B and the witness — a competent and disinterested person). Please have all signatures notarized prior to turning in the marriage application if the marriage application is completed outside of the Recorder's Office.
  • All parties (wedding couple and one witness that knows the wedding couple) need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid state-issued ID such as a driver's license
  • After the day of application acceptance, there is a four-calendar-day wait after the date of application before you can pick it up to get married
    • We will hold it up to six months in our office
  • Include phone numbers with the application
  • If you apply for a marriage license in Iowa, you must get married in Iowa

Marriage License Application


If you do not have a valid driver's license or ID, please provide alternative identification. View Identity Documents for acceptable forms of alternative IDs.

Waiting Period

There is a three (3) day waiting period before the actual marriage may occur.

  Date of Application   Valid Date of Certificate
  Monday   Friday
  Tuesday   Saturday
  Wednesday   Sunday
  Thursday   Monday
  Friday   Tuesday

Please call 641-394-2336 or email recorders@chickasawcounty.iowa.gov to have an application sent to you.

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