Parties who do not wish to be married by solemnization (a ceremony performed by a judge, religious official or other officiant) may file a Declaration of Marriage with the Clerk of District Court office and be recognized as being legally married. The parties will need to complete the same application process as they would for a Marriage License. The fee is $53.00. The parties prepare the Declaration of Marriage themselves and bring the completed document to the Clerk of District Court Office. Below are the requirements for the Declaration of Marriage.
The Declaration of Marriage may be handwritten or typed. The Declaration must be one-sided, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and include the following information for both the bride and groom:
City and State of Residence
Father's First, Middle and Last Name and City and State of Residence
Mother's First, Middle and Last Name and City and State of Residence
Other information required on the Declaration of Marriage:
The date the party is declaring they were married (may be a date in the past but cannot be a date in the future).
A statement that both parties are legally competent to enter into the marriage contract.
Signature lines for the bride, groom and two witnesses (not to be signed until instructed by the Clerk). The parties may bring their own witnesses or Clerk of Court staff may act as witnesses.
Leave a 2" x 2" blank space near the bottom left corner of the Declaration for the Court seal and two paces for official use. One space is for the notary, and the other space is for the Clerk to file the Declaration. Below is an example:
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME FILED THIS DAY OF
THIS DAY OF , 20 . 20 .
SHIRLEY E. FAUST, CLERK SHIRLEY E. FAUST, CLERK
BY: . BY: ,