Hawaii is a beautiful place and a marriage here is an ideal way for a couple to start
life together. You may be a visitor to the Islands, drawn to our year-round warm and sunny weather, or you may
be a resident wishing to celebrate a most cherished moment in a place that you call home. Whoever you are, we
welcome you and hope that we can make your wedding day as free from worry as possible. Aloha and best
For any person to lawfully marry in the State of Hawaii, a license for that purpose must
be obtained from an authorized agent (HRS §572-1.7). Once the license has been issued, there is no waiting
period before the marriage can take place.
A marriage license and marriage certificate are different documents. The marriage license
permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been
The marriage certificate is prepared and filed by your licensed marriage officiant or
performer with the Department of Health. A newly married couple receives one (1) certified copy of the marriage
certificate at no extra charge, upon payment of the marriage license fee, which will be sent to the couple by
mail (60-120 days) after the marriage has been performed. If a marriage certificate is needed sooner than this,
you can apply for one or more additional certified copies.
Marriage performers must be duly licensed by and in the State of Hawaii to perform the
marriage ceremony. If desired, you may request the marriage performer to present his/her license for your
inspection. For further information about obtaining a marriage performer, you can visit The Hawaii Visitors and
Convention Bureau website at www.gohawaii.com.
Getting Marriage License Information by Telephone
Information on marriage licenses may be obtained via the telephone system, any day or any
time, by calling (808) 586-4545.
Who is Eligible to Apply for a Marriage License?
- There are no state residence or U.S. citizenship requirements.
- Blood tests are not required.
- The legal age to marry is 18 years for both males and females.
- Males or females of 16 or 17 years of age who wish to marry require the written
consent of both parents, legal guardian, or the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to
be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.
- Males or females of 15 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of
both parents or legal guardian, and the written approval of a judge of the family court. The parents or
legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage
- Proof of age is required. A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented
for anyone 18 years of age or under. A valid I.D. or driver’s license may be presented for anyone 19 years
of age or over.
- If previously married, proof of original divorce decree or death certificate needs
to be presented to the marriage agent by the applicant if the divorce or death was final within 30 days of
applying for a marriage license. NO FAXES ARE ACCEPTED.
- Cousins may marry. However, the blood relationship between the prospective bride and
groom cannot be closer than first cousins.
How to Apply for a Marriage License
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Where to Apply for a Marriage License
- In Honolulu - Room 101 (1st floor) of the Health Department Building, 1250 Punchbowl
St. (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets)
Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents in the rural and
suburban areas of Oahu - call (808) 586-4544
For the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of marriage agents on the neighbor islands - call the
local office of the Department of Health:
|Hawaii (Big Island)