Oregon Marriage and Domestic Partnership Laws

Oregon marriage and domestic partnership requirements, plus common-law marriage information.

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What are the requirements for getting legally married in Oregon?

Oregon does not require a blood test before a marriage license will be issued. You can marry three days after your marriage license is issued, and your license is good for 60 days after it's issued. After that time, you'll have to get a new one before you can marry.

In Oregon, as in most states, you must be of the age of consent, not be too closely related to your intended spouse, not be married to anyone else, and have sufficient "mental capacity," meaning you understand what you are doing when you marry.

Does Oregon have common-law marriage?

No. In Oregon, you must obtain a marriage license and enter into a legal marriage in order to be considered married. Living together and taking the same name don't create a common-law marriage.

Does Oregon have same-sex marriage?

No. Only persons of the opposite sex may get married in Oregon. However, Oregon does offer domestic partnership registration for same-sex couples. Registered domestic partners in Oregon have all the same rights and responsibilities as married people for purposes of state law. Federal law doesn't recognize domestic partnerships, however.

Learn about the proper legal steps to define and protect your relationship in the eyes of the law with Living Together: A Legal Guide, by Attorney Ralph Warner, Toni Ihara, J.D. and Attorney Frederick Hertz (Nolo), or Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, by attorneys Denis Clifford, Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow (Nolo).

Last updated 09/10/08

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