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1. How much does a marriage license cost?
2. Must my partner be present to obtain a marriage license?
3. How old must I be to get married?
4. Do I need any Identification?
5. Do I have to get a blood test?
6. How long must I wait before I get my license?
7. Can I use this License in another state and get married?
8. Is the minister the only legal officiant in the state?

1. Fee
It costs $60.00 to obtain a license in Arkansas.  Certified copies may be purchased for $5.00 each.  Our office does NOT accept checks. CASH ONLY.  Do not send cash in the mail. You must come to the courthouse to pay for the license. Or mail a money order to:

 

Eastern Jurisdiction

210 West Church Street
Berryville, AR 72616
(8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday)
(870) 423-2022

(map of Courthouse area)
Western Jurisdiction
44 South Main - PO Box 109
Eureka Springs, AR. 72632
(8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday)
(9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Saturday)
(479) 253-8646

2. Requirements
A couple desiring to enter into a ceremonial marriage must obtain a marriage license from the county clerk of any county of this state. Both parties MUST be present to obtain a marriage license. A Power of Attorney in NOT acceptable under any circumstance.

3. Eligibility (age based)

  • Applicants must be 18 years or older to contract for a license in Arkansas without parental consent.
  • Males, age 17; Females, ages 16 or 17; may be married with parental consent. Both parents must come in to sign marriage book with applicants when license is issued. If only one parent is able to sign (thru divorce, separation, death, etc.), please call our office for further details.
  • Marriages are prohibited for males under 17 and females under 16 unless the female is pregnant, or a child has been born to them. For further information on requirements, call our office at (870) 423-2022.
  • Judicial approval is required for anyone under the age of 16 to marry. Individuals who are 16 and 17 must have judicial approval or parental consent.

4. Documentation
Your social security card OR documentation with your social security number on it -AND- a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver's license, U.S. passport, certified copy of a birth certificate (complete with raised seal and on blue certificate paper), or military identification is required.

5. Blood Tests
Blood test or health certificates are not required to obtain a license.

6. Time Limitations
There are no time limitations or waiting periods. Once application is processed, you will receive your license.

7. License Use

  • License must be returned, used or unused, within 60 days for recording or a $100 bond will be executed against all applicants for license.
  • License may be used immediately or within the 60 days time limit. There is no waiting period required in Arkansas after a divorce is final.
  • No witnesses required


8. Officiant
The minister’s credential must be recorded with a County Clerk’s Office in the State of Arkansas prior to a wedding ceremony.

You can apply for a marriage license at the following location:
210 West Church Street
Berryville, AR 72616
(8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday)
870-423-2022

(map of Courthouse area)

44 South Main - PO Box 109
Eureka Springs, AR. 72632
(8:30 am - 4:30 am, Monday through Friday; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on Saturday)
(479) 253-8646