Montana Marriage Laws (PDF Version)

ID Requirement: Certified copy of birth certificates.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Montana.

Application Requirement: License applications can be obtained from the Clerk of the District Court in any Montana county. Complete applications cannot be filed by mail; both parties must be present in front of the Clerk. If both parties are non-residents of Montana, obtain the license application from the Clerk in the county in which the ceremony will be performed. If one party is a non-resident, his/her part can be sworn to or affirmed in the county and state in which he/she resides.

Waiting Period: Montana law allows you to get married immediately after officially receiving your marriage license. No waiting period is necessary unless under the age of 18.

If Divorced: A certified copy of the divorce decree is required.

Fees: $53.00 – cash only.

Other Tests: Under 18: If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have the consent of both parents unless only one parent has legal custody of you. Proof of age must be in the form of a certified copy of your birth certificate. Both of you, as a couple, will also have to attend at least two counseling sessions that are at least 10 days apart. This has to be done with a designated counselor who will then have to provide a letter that states the names of the couple, their ages, the dates of the counseling sessions, and what the counselor thinks about their possible marriage. Then judicial consent signed by a district court judge must be given for the Clerk of court’s office to issue a marriage license. No one 15 years of age or younger may marry in Montana.

Proxy Marriages: Yes.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:
Department of Health and Human Services
Vital Statistics Bureau
111 N. Sanders, Room 205
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-4228

Miscellaneous: License is valid for 180 days. Marriage licenses are like cream; if you don’t use it straight away, eventually it will go sour. Montana marriage licenses expire after 6 Months. If your license expires before you wed, you can reapply for another license.

While the record that a marriage occurred is public in Montana, the personal information about the bride and groom contained in the marriage license application is confidential and generally available only to immediate family members. Ministers of the gospel of any denomination may perform marriages. Ministers must complete and return a marriage certificate to the clerk of the district court within 30 days after the marriage. Also the minister must provide marriage certificates to the bride and groom upon request.

Please verify all information for accuracy with the appropriate State department.
For questions contact the Clerk of the District Court with jurisdiction in the county where you plan to marry.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

Montana County Clerks’ Offices

Big Horn County
Harden, MT
406.665.1504Blaine County
Chinook, MT
406.357.3109

Broadwater County
Townsend, MT
406.266.3418

Carbon County
Red Lodge, MT
406.446.1225

Cascade County
Great Falls, MT
406.454.6892

Chouteau County
Fort Benton, MT
406.622.5024

Custer County
Miles City, MT
406.232.7800

Dawson County
Glendive, MT
406.365.2666

Deer Lodge County
Anaconda, MT
406.563.4040

Fallon County
Baker, MT
406.778.2883

Flathead County
Kalispell, MT
406.758.5660

Gallatin County
Bozeman, MT
406.582.2165

Garfield County
Jordan, MT
406.557.6254

Glacier County
Cut Bank, MT
406.873.5627

Golden Valley County
Ryegate, MT
406.434.2271

Treasurer County
Hysham, MT
406.342.5547

Granite County
Philipsburg, MT
406.859.3712Hill County
Havre, MT
406.265.5481

Jefferson County
Boulder, MT
406.225.4042

Lake County
Polson, MT
406.883.7254

Lewis & Clark County
Helena, MT
406.447.8205

Liberty County
Chester, MT
406.759.5615

Lincoln County
Libby, MT
406.293.7781

Madison County
Virginia City, MT
406.843.4235

Meagher County
Whitesulpher Springs, MT
406.547.3941

Mineral County
Superior, MT
406.822.3538

Missoula County
Missoula, MT
406.523.4780

Musselshell County
Round Up, MT
406.323.1413

Park County
Livingston, MT
406.222.4110

Phillips County
Malta, MT
406.654.1023

Valley County
Glasgow, MT
406.228.8221

Wheatland County
Harlowton, MT
406.568.2231

Pondera County
Conrad, MT
406.278.4026Powder River County
Broadus, MT
406.436.2320

Powell County
Deer Lodge, MT
406.846.368

Prairie County
Terry, MT
406.637.5575

Ravalli County
Hamilton, MT
406.375.6214

Richland County
Sidney, MT
406.482.5939

Roosevelt County
Wolf Point, MT
406.653.1590

Rosebud County
Forsyth, MT
406.356.7322

Sanders County
Thompson Falls, MT
406.827.4316

Sheridan County
Plentywood, MT
406.765.2310

Silver Bow County
Butte, MT
406.723.8262

Stillwater County
Columbus, MT
406.322.5332

Sweet Grass County
Bigtimber, MT
406.932.515

Teton County
Chotaeu, MT
406.466.2909

Toole County
Shelby, MT
406.632.4893

Yellowstone County
Billings, MT
406.256.2869