Chart: State Marriage License and Blood Test Requirements

This chart lists requirements for marriage licenses, state by state.

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Here's a summary of each state's laws regarding premarital procedures, including blood tests, waiting periods before marriage, and the like. Because state laws in this area have been changing rapidly -- many states have recently eliminated blood tests, for example -- you should check with your county clerk's office before you rely on these rules. (For more information about marriage procedures, read Nolo's article Marriage Requirements, Licenses, and Ceremonies FAQ.)

StateBlood tests requiredWaiting period between applying for and receiving licenseHow soon you can marry after receiving licenseWhen license expires
AlabamaNoNoneImmediately30 days
AlaskaNo3 daysImmediately3 months
ArizonaNoNoneImmediately1 year
ArkansasNoNoneImmediately60 days
CaliforniaNoNoneImmediately90 days
ColoradoNoNoneImmediately30 days
ConnecticutNoNoneImmediately65 days
DelawareNoNone24 hours30 days
District of ColumbiaYes3 daysImmediatelyNo provision
FloridaNo3 days unless couple attends marriage preparation classImmediately60 days
GeorgiaNoNoneImmediatelyNo provision
HawaiiNoNoneImmediately30 days
IdahoNoNoneImmediatelyNo provision
IllinoisNoNone1 day60 days
IndianaNoNoneImmediately60 days
IowaNoNone3 days6 months
KansasNo3 daysImmediately6 months
KentuckyNoNoneImmediately30 days
LouisianaNoNone3 days30 days
MaineNoNoneImmediately90 days
MarylandNoNone2 days6 months
MassachusettsNo3 daysImmediately60 days
MichiganNo3 daysImmediately33 days
MinnesotaNo5 daysImmediately6 months
MississippiYes3 daysImmediatelyNo provision
MissouriNoNoneImmediately30 days
MontanaYes (female)NoneImmediately180 days
NebraskaNoNoneImmediately1 year
NevadaNoNoneImmediately1 year
New HampshireNoNoneImmediately90 days
New JerseyNo72 hoursImmediately30 days
New MexicoNoNoneImmediatelyNo provision
New YorkNo, except sickle cell testing for African-American & Hispanic applicantsNone24 hours60 days
North CarolinaNoNoneImmediately60 days
North DakotaNoNoneImmediately60 days
OhioNoNoneImmediately60 days
OklahomaNoNoneImmediately30 days
OregonNo3 daysImmediately60 days
PennsylvaniaNo3 daysImmediately60 days
Rhode IslandNoNoneImmediately3 months
South CarolinaNo24 hoursImmediatelyNo provision
South DakotaNoNoneImmediately20 days
TennesseeNoNoneImmediately30 days
TexasNoNone3 days30 days
UtahNoNoneImmediately30 days
VermontNoNoneImmediately60 days
VirginiaNoNoneImmediately60 days
WashingtonNo3 daysImmediately60 days
West VirginiaNoNoneImmediately60 days
WisconsinNo5 daysImmediately30 days
WyomingNoNoneImmediatelyNo provision

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