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You need to purchase a certified copy of your marriage certificate. You will need to work with each agency to identify name change requirements. All marriage license documents are signed with one's current legal name, never the intended new name. There is no legal requirement for a name change after getting married; it is a right a couple may choose to exercise. If you intend to change your name after marriage, check with each agency for its requirements to change your records. If an agency requires more than a certified copy of your marriage license, check with Pierce County District Court for details on a court-ordered name change. Washington state law does not impose a time limit after the wedding by which a name change must be accomplished. However, if you are making the change more than a year after your wedding, check with each agency to determine if a certified copy of your marriage license will suffice to change your name with them.
If you applied for your license in Pierce County you can request copies by mail. Certified copies are $3 each. If marriage date is unknown, an $8.00 search fee is applicable. The search fee would apply to each 5 year search increment. Please follow our instructions to Submit a Marriage Application by Mail.
You can check online. Click on “Search Marriage Index” to search under either party name. If status shows as returned, then your certificate has been returned. Or call our office at (253) 798-7435.
Yes, as long as the parent or legal custodian is present with the applicant and provides their consent and proof of age for the underage applicant. (drivers license and birth certificate)The parent or guardian must complete an
$72 cash, check, money order, or credit/debit (in person only).
Picture ID with birth date, both applicants must be present unless the application is notarized, and $68.00.
• The following named officers and persons, active or retired, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages, to wit: Justices of the supreme court, judges of the court of appeals, judges of the superior courts, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals commissioners, superior court commissioners, any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest, imam, rabbi, or similar official of any religious organization, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction as defined in RCW 3.02.010.
If I am an ordained minister do I need to register my certificate with Pierce County?
• Pierce County does not keep a registry of Ordained Ministers.
Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the Marriage Certificate.
• The certificate must be filled out completely,• Pay special attention to the dates the certificate is valid,• That all parties, witnesses, and person solemnizing have signed the Marriage Certificate, • And that you have complied with all RCW’s.
If you have further questions refer to RCW 26.04