your Nevada marriage license at the Clark County Courthouse at 200 South
Third Street two blocks south of Fremont Street Monday through Thursday
from 8am to Midnight and anytime between 8am Friday morning and midnight
Sunday. The bureau is open 24 hours on holidays, but expect a long line
anyway, especially on St. Valentine's day. It's on your right just as
you enter the front doors of the courthouse. (Those slobs standing in
line on the left side are not holding flowers. They're paying their traffic
license fee is $55.00 cash greenbacks. The license is good for one year.
(The marriage certificate is good forever.)
no blood test or waiting period. You're only required to give blood at
the casinos. Nevada law does, however, require that one of you be male
and the other female. There are some things that just won't be overlooked.
Also, you can't get married in Nevada if you're married already, even
if it's to each other. (Renewing vows is not an official ceremony.)
For the sheer
poetry of it, here's Nevada Revised Statute Section 122.020, subsection
1: "A male and a female person, at least 18 years of age, not nearer
of kin than second cousins or cousins of the half blood, and not having
a husband or wife living, may be joined in marriage."
You may compose
your own wedding vows. Nevada Revised Statute Section 122.110: "(1)
In the solemnization of marriage, no particular form is required except
that the parties shall declare, in the presence of the justice, judge,
minister, justice of the peace, commissioner of civil marriages or deputy
commissioner of civil marriages, and the attending witnesses, that they
take each other as husband and wife. (2) In every case there shall be
at least one witness present besides the person performing the ceremony."
The clerk may
ask to see either a state driver's license, a state ID card, a military
I.D., a passport, or an original or certified copy of your birth certificate,
and to know your social security number. If you've been divorced, you
should know the place and date your divorce became final. Nevada law doesn't
require that you document anything, merely that you answer the questions
on the marriage license form under oath: (1) city and state or country
of residence, (2) state or country of birth, (3) date of birth, (4) father's
name and state of birth, (5) mother's maiden name and state of birth,
and (6) "number of this marriage" and what happened to the last
one. If you don't know your social security number, or don't have one,
you "must state that fact" to the county clerk who "shall
not require any evidence to verify a social security number." In
fact, "[i]f any of the information required is unknown to the person
responding to the question, he must state that the answer is unknown."
NRS 122.040. Nevada law requires your social security number, if you have
one, to be on the affidavit of application, but not on the license itself.
The clerk's website states: "It is recognized that non U.S. citizens
will not have a Social Security Number." The license will recite
your state or country of birth, which may be anywhere. The Certificate
of Marriage states only where you presently reside and where the ceremony
was performed. Only one of you needs to show up to get the license, so
long as that person can answer all the questions about the other. You
should probably both show up for the wedding.
If you're under
18 you must have parental consent which can be given in person or in notarized
form. If you're under 16 you must have a court order as well as the consent
of at least one parent - after you have your head examined.
can get a fancy duplicate of your marriage license at the Recorder's office
on the second floor of the Clark County Government Center, 500 South Grand
Central Parkway, about a mile from the courthouse. Ten bucks. Twelve if
you want it certified.
at the Recorder's office, you may want to order a copy of the marriage
license of Elvis and Priscilla (1967) or Mickey Rooney and Eva Gardner
(1942) (The first of 8 here for Rooney.), Betty Grable and Harry James
(1944), Zsa Zsa Gabor and George Sanders (1949), Rita Hayworth and Dick
Haymes (1953), Kirk Douglas and Ann Buydens (1954), Joan Crawford and
Alfred Steele (1955), Paul Newman and JoAnne Woodward (1958), Judy Garland
and Mark Herron (1965), Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow (1966), Ann-Margaret
and Roger Smith (1967), Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy (1989), Richard
Gere and Cindy Crawford (1991), or Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra (1998).
(Elvis said "Ah do" in a suite at the Aladdin.)
more details, or if you don't believe us, and why should you, see the
license information from the Clerk of Clark County. You can
download the license application from the clerk's website, but the filled-out
application must be presented to the clerk in person.