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Getting Married in Delaware

The wonderful mid-Atlantic region of the United States is full of culture, cosmopolitan cities and laid-back country towns. The state of Delaware is no exception. For this reason, many folks choose to take a vacation and then find themselves entering into matrimony. If this is going to be the case in the future for you, it might be a good idea to learn a bit about getting married in Delaware.

For starters, realize that you will not have to be a resident of the state in order to procure Delaware marriage licenses. The state understands that people marry for various reasons, and somebody vacationing in Wilmington, for example,  with their significant other might have the marriage bug strike quite suddenly.

Know What Forms and Documents You Need to Get Married in the Diamond State


As far as requirements go, the first one to understand is that basic photo identification will need to be presented for getting married in Delaware. It's usually very simple, and a driver's license, state-issued identification or a passport will suffice. That means that social security cards are not normally required, though it's always a good idea to bring them along just in case.

For those who were married previously, it will be necessary to bring along a certified or original copy of the divorce decree. For those who unfortunately suffered the death of a spouse in the previous marriage, an original or certified copy of the death certificate will be necessary before one is allowed to be married in Delaware.

In some states, a marriage called a "covenant marriage" -- which is a more vigorous and exacting marriage that can be a bit harder to dissolve in the future should that arise - is allowed, though this is not the case in the Diamond State of Delaware.

Also, the state does have a waiting period of 24 hours from issuance of license to performance of ceremony if both persons are residents of the state. If they are nonresidents, the waiting period extends to 96 hours or four days. This can be quite long when someone is aflame with the desire to be married but in the end it will all be worth it, right?

Fees charged for getting married in Delaware are quite reasonable at $35 or thereabouts and it's cash and carry with no credit cards or checks allowed. Also, the money is nonrefundable and one cannot return the bride or bridegroom for an even exchange. (Just kidding about returning the bride or bridegroom of course!)

There are no blood tests or other public health examinations required before applying for Delaware marriage licenses, so that remnant of the old early 20th century does not have to be taken into consideration. Getting married can be a wonderful thing, especially if one takes the time to plan it out before hand and then shows up at the license application office with the required documents and money to be paid to cover any fees. Just take some time to study a bit about what is required and then go for it. Your future spouse will be sure to thank you!