Local Planning Guides and Information
Links to Venues and Parks in Washington, Frederick, and Montgomery Counties, MD
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Washington Memorial Monument State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park
Catoctin National Park
Greenbrier State Park
Gathland State Park
Black Hill Regional Park
Cortland Mansion, Hagerstown. MD
Shade Trees and Evergreens, Frederick. MD
Knob Hall Winery, Clear Spring (near Hagerstown), MD
Devil's Backbone County Park, Boonsboro, MD
Washington County Parks
Hager Hall, Hagerstown, MD
Hagerstown City Parks
Frederick City Parks
Stoney Creek Farm
Tree Houses at Maple Tree
Towns and Places of Interest for Ceremony or Honeymoon
Wedding Planning Guides and Websites and Recommended Services
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Make your own free wedding website!
Make your own gift list and have your honeymoon paid for!
Maryland Bridal Guide
Handcrafted Chalkboard art for your wedding or reception
Maryland Marriage License, Registration and Ceremony Information
Requirements vary from county to county, so please call the Maryland Marriage License Dept. at your issuing county probate courthouse or recording office for fees and hours of operation.
Marriage License in Maryland ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license.
You should know your Social Security numbers. You should
both also know the state and county in which you were born.
Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Maryland.
Application Requirement: Parties should contact the local Court in the County in which they are to be married to determine if both parties need to present upon making application for marriage.
• Marriage license be obtained from the Circuit Court Clerk's Office in the county where the marriage is to take place. If, however, it is not convenient for you to visit the Clerk's Office in that county, you may apply using a Non-Resident Affidavit. Affidavits are available online at the Calvert, Kent, and Queen Anne's Circuit Court Clerks' web sites. Or obtain one from either your county or from the county in which you plan to marry.
If Divorced: If previously married, you will need to show proof of how the marriage ended, I.E.; a divorce judgment or a death certificate. These must be certified copies.
Waiting Period: 2 days. The license is issued at the same time the application is taken; however, the license will reflect an effective date of forty-eight hours from the date of issue.
Other Tests: No blood test requirement.
Under 18: Applicants under the age of 15 may not marry.
• An applicant who is 15 years old may only marry with the consent of a parent or guardian and with a certificate from a licensed physician verifying that an examination of the woman to be married indicated that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child.
• Applicants 16 or 17 years old may only marry with the consent of a parent or guardian who confirms that individual?s age or with a certificate from a licensed physician verifying that an examination of the woman to be married indicated that she is pregnant or has given birth to a child.
Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit. Same Sex Marriages: Yes. As of January 1, 2013, same-sex marriage is legal in Maryland. Common Law Marriages: No. However, the State does recognize common law marriages that are valid in other states.
Civil Marriages: Maryland no longer employs Justices of the Peace to perform civil ceremonies. Instead, Only a Clerk of the Circuit Court or an appointed, designated Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court may perform civil ceremonies. The hours, location and fees for a civil ceremony vary from county to county. Visit the circuit courts website to locate the Clerk of the Circuit Court in your county.
Officiants: Any minister of the gospel authorized by the rules and customs of their church may perform marriages. Minister must complete the marriage license and marriage certificate and give one certificate to the couple. Another certificate and the license must be returned to the clerk of the Court of Common Pleas within five days after the marriage.
Valid: License is valid for 6 months.
The license can only be used within the State of Maryland.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage: Maryland Division of Vital Records
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
P.O. Box 68760
Baltimore, MD 21215-0020 It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.
Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.