Obtaining a Marriage License

  Limited In-Office* Services by Appointment Only 

Available appointment times are between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for the following services only:

  • Mobile Home Transactions
  • Map Recordings
Appointments may be made by calling 360-778-5100 or emailing
recording@co.whatcom.wa.us
*Face masks are required for all citizens entering the Auditor's Office
  1. Apply for a Marriage License
  2. Have a Ceremony
  3. Complete and Return Certificate

Start the process by applying online for your marriage license. After submitting your application, you will receive an email with instructions for completing the application process.

Completing Application by Mail or Drop Off:
After applying online, contact our office so we can send the Application and Affidavit for Marriage License to you. Both parties must have their signature notarized. 

To complete the application, submit the following:

  • The notarized Application and Affidavit for Marriage License
  • The Marriage Processing Information sheet
  • $62.00 payable to Whatcom County Auditor. We accept checks, money orders, cashier's checks, or credit/debit card payment over the phone (an additional fee applies to card payments)

The marriage application and payment can be mailed to our office or placed in our drop box inside the courthouse at 311 Grand Ave #103, Bellingham WA 98225.


Waiting Period
The 3-day waiting period begins the day the marriage application is processed at the Whatcom County Auditor's Office. You may not get married during this waiting period. The marriage license is valid for 60 days following the 3-day waiting period.


Apply for license on... First day you can get married
 Monday Thursday
 Tuesday Friday
 Wednesday Saturday
 Thursday Sunday
 Friday Monday


Requirements


  • Both applicants must be 18 years of age or older and currently unmarried.
  • Applicants who are 17 years of age or under must have written consent by one parent or legal guardian. The consent must be sworn to and signed before a notary public or deputy auditor. Applicants 16 years of age or under must also have written consent from a Superior Court Judge.
  • Applicants do not have to be residents of Washington State to obtain a marriage license. However, the license is only valid for marriages that are performed in Washington.
  • Proof of divorce from a previous spouse, or death of a spouse, is not required to obtain a marriage license. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the divorce decree is final before applying for a new marriage license.

Fees

 
The current fee for a marriage license is $62. We accept U.S. currency, check, cashier's check, money order and most credit/debit cards (a convenience fee applies).The marriage license is void and the fee is non-refundable if the marriage does not take place within 60 days of issue.