Marriage Licenses

To become legally married in Washington state, you must: 

  1. Apply for and receive a marriage license
  2. Participate in a civil or religious ceremony in Washington State
  3. Complete and return the Department of Health Certificate of Marriage
  1. 1. Apply for a license
  2. 2. Participate in a ceremony
  3. 3. Complete and return certificate

Couples may apply for a Washington State marriage license through Snohomish County Recording. After receiving a completed application and fee, we will issue a license to use at your ceremony.

The license is valid (can be used) the third full day after Recording issues you the license and expires 60 days after being issued. The three day waiting period cannot be waived under any circumstance, including court order.


In person

The fastest way to receive a marriage license is to submit your application in person at least three days before the wedding.

  1. Download the Marriage License Application (PDF). If you're unable to print an application from home, blank copies are available at the Customer Service Center. 
  2. The application is a fillable form. Please type your information into the fields provided. If you are unable to complete the top portion of the form electronically, please write legibly using blue or black ink.
  3. Print the application and visit the Snohomish County Customer Service Center to complete the process. Both parties must be present unless one party has already signed the application in front of a notary.
  4. Sign your completed application and pay the $70.00 fee by cash, check, money order, or card. 
  5. Recording staff will give you your marriage license, a Certificate of Marriage, and an information packet.

By mail

Approximate processing time: Two weeks. We recommend submitting your completed application and payment at least three weeks before your marriage ceremony in order to receive the marriage license by that date.

  1. Download the Marriage License Application (PDF)
  2. The application is a fillable form. Please type your information into the fields provided. If you are unable to complete the top portion of the form electronically, please write legibly using blue or black ink.
  3. Print the application, then sign it in front of a notary and have them sign and attach their seal.
  4. Include a check, money order, or cashier’s check for $70.00, payable to the Snohomish County Auditor. Write your current phone number on the memo line or next to your name.
  5. Mail the completed application and fee to:
    Snohomish County Recording
    3000 Rockefeller Ave M/S 204
    Everett, WA 98201
  6. Snohomish County Recording will process your application and mail you your marriage license, a Certificate of Marriage, and an information packet.