Frequently Asked Questions

Q Are we required to be a resident of CT to be married?

A No.  However, you must obtain your marriage license in the town where the ceremony will be held.

Q How old do you have to be to apply for a marriage license?

A At least 18 years of age, or the following exception applies: 


·         The person is a minor at least 16 years old and has received authorization to marry from the probate judge in the town in which the minor lives.

·         Not under the supervision or control of a conservator, or the following exception is met: the person is under the supervision or control of a conservator and such person has received written consent to marry from their conservator.


Q Do you have to hire a Justice of the Peace in the town in which you live or plan to hold the ceremony?

A No, all CT licensed Justice of the Peace can perform a ceremony anywhere in the State of Connecticut.

Q How much does a marriage license cost?

A There is a $50.00 fee for each marriage license.  A $20 fee for a certified copy.  No blood work is required.

Q Does Connecticut permit the marriage of non-residents?

 A Yes, Connecticut will issue a wedding license to non-residents, however, it is only valid for ceremonies performed within the state. Any legal relationship similar to marriage must also be terminated before the state of Connecticut will grant a marriage license. That means you cannot be party to a civil union if you are marrying.

Q When should I apply for the marriage license?

A The marriage license is good for 65 days.  Therefore, you should apply within 65 days of the ceremony and it must be given to the officiant no later than the day of the ceremony. 

Q Where do I apply for a marriage license?

A In CT, you must obtain a marriage license from the municipal office (typically the Town Clerk’s office) of the town where the ceremony will be held.  Both you and your spouse-to-be must be present. 

Q What happens with the marriage license after we get married?

A The officiant is legally responsible for returning the marriage license in the town where the ceremony was held.

Q Do I need a witness in order to be legally married?

A No, CT does not require witnesses to be present at the ceremony to be legally married, nor does it require signatures of witnesses on the marriage license.

Q Do you need to exchange rings for the ceremony?

A No, in CT there is no legal requirement to exchange rings.

Q If we have different religious backgrounds, can they both be incorporated in the ceremony?

A Yes, I would be more than happy to help unite those traditions and beliefs into your ceremony.