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Marriage Information

$65.00 marriage license fee must be paid with credit card ($3.00 processing fee) at time of application. Applications are accepted by appointment only - call 701-222-6749 8:00am to 4:30pm weekdays.

North Dakota Century Code Chapter 14-03 defines the marriage contract and defines the laws regarding the issuance of marriage licenses in the State of North Dakota.

To apply for a marriage license you must:

      • If between the age of 16 and 18, you must have signed parental consent
      • Parents must accompany the applicant and have proof of identity
      • No one under the age of 16 will be issued a marriage license
  • Have documentary evidence of age such as State-issued identification card, valid State-issued driver's license, or valid passport
  • If either or both parties have been divorced, must have certified copy of divorce decree (obtained from Clerk of Court in county where divorce was granted)
      • Certified copy of divorce decree is kept with application.
  • Provide Social Security number on application
  • Provide any surname or middle name changes at time of marriage (NDCC 14-03-20.1)
      • Applicants may change their surname at time of marriage to:
        • Surname of other spouse
        • Former surname of either spouse
        • A name combining into a single surname all or a segment of the pre-marriage surname or former surname of either spouse
        • A combination name with or without a hyphen, provided that each part of the combination surname is the pre-marriage surname or former surname of either spouse
        • New middle name must consist of pre-marriage surname or former surname of that individual
        • New middle name can be added to current middle name

Certified copies of marriage licenses may be purchased after the marriage takes place and the license is completed and returned to the Recorder's office. Certified copy fees are $5.00 for the first copy and $2.00 for each additional copy. Certified Marriage License Request Form

Contact Us

Burleigh County Recorder
221 N 5th St
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: (701) 222-6749

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