Marriage License Information

The following information may only pertain to marriage license information for HARFORD COUNTY. You MUST contact the County/City location where you plan to marry or have been married for their specific requirements and information.

Office Location:
Licensing Department (across from the Circuit courthouse)
7 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, MD  21014
410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586

Office Hours – 8:30am to 4:00pm
(Monday thru Friday) (Closed Weekends and State Holidays)

  • Marriage License/Copies - 8:30am to 3:45pm
    Additional Times - First Monday of each month until 6:00pm
  • Civil Ceremonies (By Appointment only) - 9:00am to 12pm and 1:00pm - 1:30pm
    See Civil Ceremonies below for Additional Times

How to Apply

  • If you are being married in Harford County, you must apply in Harford County.
  • Only one party needs to apply.
  • There is a $50 non-refundable fee, payable by cash, check, money order, or credit card.
  • You must apply at least 48 hours prior to the wedding ceremony.
  • The license is issued the same day you apply, can only be used in Harford County, valid for 6 months (you must
    be married within 6 months or the license will be voided).

Application Information

The marriage application work sheet is provided for your convenience. It is helpful if completed before applying for a marriage license and brought in for the application process.

  • Valid identification (driver's license, passport or birth certificate)
  • Full names
  • Addresses
  • Age at time of application (if under the age of 18 – Proof of age is required. See Marriage of Minors below)
  • State/Country of Birth
  • Social Security Number (mandatory)
  • Previous Marriages – date for each divorce or death of spouse. If divorced within the last 6 months, a copy of the divorce decree must be presented.

If you are NOT a resident of Harford County but getting married in Harford County AND unable to apply for a Harford County marriage license in person, you may apply using a Non-Resident Marriage Application.

Marriage of Minors (under age 18)

  • Proof of age - must be an original or certified copy of birth record or passport. (Driver’s License is not a valid proof of age.)
  • 16 or 17 years old must present either a notarized written consent from the parent or legal guardian, or a certificate from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. Certification from the physician or nurse practitioner must be written on his/her letterhead stating the physician or nurse practitioner has physically examined the woman to be married and positively determined she is pregnant or has given birth to a child. The certificate must be signed by the licensed physician or nurse practitioner. A nurse or assistant cannot sign the certificate. A birth certificate stating the woman has given birth to a child is sufficient.
  • 15 years old must have a notarized written consent from the parent or legal guardian AND a certificate from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. Certification from the physician or nurse practitioner must be written on his/her letterhead stating the physician or nurse practitioner has physically examined the woman to be married and positively determined she is pregnant or has given birth to a child. The certificate must be signed by the licensed physician or nurse practitioner. A nurse or assistant cannot sign the certificate. A birth certificate stating the woman has given birth to a child is sufficient.
  • 14 years and younger may not marry.

Civil Ceremonies

  • Valid identification for both parties to be married is required (driver's license or birth certificate or passport) providing full names, addresses and ages.
  • Civil ceremonies are performed at the Ceremonial Room located at 7 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, Maryland (across from the Circuit courthouse).
  • There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee, payable by cash, money order, or credit cards before or at the time of the ceremony. (Wednesday Evening ceremonies – credit card payments only)
  • Ceremonies must be scheduled in advance after application is made. Ceremonies will be performed between the hours of 9:00am to Noon and 1:00pm to 1:30pm. See below for additional times. To schedule a civil ceremony at the courthouse, please call 410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586. Guest limit of eight is strictly enforced. This number of guests includes the parties getting married and any children (regardless of age). Any additional guests will be asked to leave.
  • Additional Times for Civil ceremonies – Third Wednesday of each month
    • By Appointment only (To schedule call 410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586)
    • Only accepting credit card payment for Ceremony fee
    • Certified copies may not be available for 3 business days

Marriage Corrections

  • Marriage Record Correction - Correction to Marriage Records may be requested in writing along with supporting documentation (example - birth record). For convenience, a Correction Request Form can be completed and mailed to our office.

Certified Copies

  • Certified Copies – Only available for Harford County Marriage Records
  • Certified copies may be requested in person, mail, email, fax or phone. Cost for certified copies are $5.50 each. Please complete the Request for Certified Copy of Marriage License. Acceptable forms of payments are cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover).
    • In person requests are taken at 7 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, MD 21014 (across from the Circuit Courthouse).
    • Mail requests are sent to the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Harford County, Attn: Licensing Department, 20 W. Courtland Street, Bel Air, MD 21014.
    • Email requests to customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov.
    • Fax requests to 410-838-8540.
    • Phone requests should be directed to 410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586.
  • Information needed for all requests:
    • Names of both parties
    • Date of Marriage
    • Check or money order made payable to Clerk of the Circuit Court or credit card information and authorization (cost of certified copies $5.50 each).
    • Return address for mailing copies

For further information on obtaining a marriage license or questions about civil ceremonies, please call 410-638-3489 or 410-638-3586 or customer.inquiries.hc.lld@mdcourts.gov.