Modified COVID-19 Marriage License Instructions

Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County

Modified COVID-19 Marriage License Instructions

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INSTRUCTIONS

Modified Marriage License Application Process for Prince George’s County – COVID 19

A Maryland marriage license can be used—and a marriage ceremony can take place—only in the county where the marriage license is issued. The license must be obtained and presented to the official who will be performing the marriage ceremony before the ceremony may take place. It is the responsibility of the parties to know the Maryland county in which the ceremony site is located, and to obtain the marriage license from the Clerk of Circuit Court for that county or, if in Baltimore City, the Clerk of Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Please note that Baltimore City and Baltimore County are two separate and distinct political subdivisions, and a license issued by the Clerk of Circuit Court for one political subdivision cannot be used in the other.

COMPLETE FORM (TYPE OR PRINT LEGIBLY) AND SUBMIT PAYMENT

  1. You may apply for a marriage license in Prince George’s County if the marriage ceremony will take place in Prince George’s County.
  2. Complete the application in its entirety.
    1. Current marital status. This section must include information about every previous marriage, including the date and the state or foreign country in which the marriage ended and whether each marriage ended in death or divorce. Attach an additional sheet if there is not enough room on the form for this information.
    2. Social Security Number: A social security number is required. Contact the Clerk’s Office if you do not have a social security number
    3. Sign and date the application.
      • Note an original signature is required (an electronic or digital signature will not be considered an original signature). 
      • You are signing under penalty of perjury and swearing or affirming that the information you have provided is true and accurate.
      • Provide a daytime phone number.
    4. Photo ID. Attach a copy of a valid government issued photo ID for each applicant.
    5. Payment. The license fee is $70.00 and is payable only by money order, payable to the Clerk of Circuit Court.
  3. If a party to be married is under the age of 18, and a parent or guardian is providing consent, the “Consent of Parent or Guardian” form must be completed and signed by the parent or guardian, and witnessed by a Notary Public.*
  4. Submit your completed signed application, payment, a copies of your photo ID, along with any Consent of Parent or Guardian forms if applicable, to the Clerk by courthouse dropbox or mail.
  5. After you submit your written application, the Clerk or staff may contact you by telephone concerning your application and may schedule a videoconference during which staff will confirm your identity, place you under oath, and ask you to confirm that the information submitted in your application is true and correct. Please advise staff if you cannot participate in a videoconference on your smartphone or computer.
  6. It is recommended that the applicant(s) complete and mail the application at least three weeks before the wedding date to allow time for delivery by the US Post Office, and for resolution of any problems the Clerk may have with the application. Be sure to include a daytime phone number for at least one of the parties, so the Clerk can contact the parties if there are any problems with the application, or if additional information is required.
  7. Once the application is processed, the Clerk will mail the marriage license to the applicant.
  8. In Maryland, marriage licenses do not take effect until 6:00 a.m. on the second day after the license is issued, and licenses ordinarily remain valid for 6 months. During the emergency associated with COVID 19, the 6-month time period is tolled. For any marriage license issued during the emergency, the license is valid during the period of emergency and for up to 6 months after the declaration of emergency has been rescinded.

* NOTE: Additional documentation (e.g.: birth certificate; guardianship order) may be required to show proof that the consenting person is in fact a parent or guardian of the minor party. Contact the Clerk’s office in advance to find out what additional documentation, if any, will be required.

Maryland marriage laws can be found in the Annotated Code of Maryland, Family Law Article, Title 2.

Mailing Address

Clerk’s Office for Prince George’s County Circuit Court

Attn: Marriage License

14735 Main Street

Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

The dropbox for the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is located at the Commissioner’s entrance. Please note that your application must be placed in a sealed envelope because it contains personal information and payment.

Clerk’s Office Contact Information: (301) 952-3331 or email at marriagelicense@co.pg.md.us