Marriage Licenses

If obtaining a marriage license in person, to protect the staff and the public, we strongly encourage those visiting the office to wear masks and to observe social distancing. Couples obtaining a marriage license in person will receive their marriage license during the visit.

Alternatively, due to the ongoing concern of exposure to COVID-19, the Clerk’s Office will continue to accept marriage license applications by mail.

Please note: Marriage licenses can only be issued for ceremonies performed within the State of Nebraska.

Marriage Licenses

Prior to the solemnization of any marriage, a license shall be obtained from a county clerk in the State of Nebraska. The license may be used for ceremonies performed anywhere in Nebraska.  Marriage licenses must be used within one year from the date of issuance.

Marriage license requirements may be reviewed by calling our hotline at 402-441-8448.

Obtaining a Marriage License in Person

When applying for a marriage license in person, both parties must appear together. The license will be issued to the couple upon application and payment of fees.

The Lancaster County Clerk’s Office is located at the County-City Building, 555 S.10th Street, Room 108, Lincoln, NE. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  

The following is needed to apply for a marriage license:

  • Application Form: Applicants are required to provide full legal names, birthplaces, social security numbers (if applicable), parents’ names, including mothers’ maiden names, and parents’ birthplaces. If either applicant has been previously married, the date the marriage ended is also required. To complete the form in advance, click on the respective link below, fill in/print the form and bring it with you to the Clerk’s Office. The form can also be completed in the Clerk’s Office.
  • Identification: A driver’s license, state ID card or passport for each person must be presented at the time of application. Identification must include a photo of the applicant. IDs must also be current and non-expired.
  • Fee: The marriage license fee is $25.Certified copies are $9 each (required for name changes and other legal purposes). Payment can be made with cash, check or debit/credit card. Credit/debit cards have a minimum service fee of $1 or 2.25% per transaction, whichever is larger.
  • Minor Consent Form (if applicable): The minimum age to marry in Nebraska without parental consent is 19. Individuals who are 17 or 18 may marry with consent of a parent or guardian. The required form is available through the following link.

Obtaining a Marriage License by Mail

Lancaster County is ending the acceptance of marriage license applications by mail on February 10, 2023. To be accepted, your application must be postmarked by February 10, 2023.

If the couple is unable to appear in person, a marriage license application may be submitted through the mail. Please allow a minimum of four (4) weeks for application processing.  If the marriage ceremony is scheduled within four weeks, the Clerk’s Office recommends obtaining the marriage license in person.

The following is needed to apply for a marriage license by mail:

  • Application Form and Mailing Instructions: Applicants are required to provide full legal names, birthplaces, social security numbers (if applicable), parents’ names, including mothers’ maiden names, and parents’ birthplaces. If either applicant has been previously married, the date the marriage ended is also required. Click on the link below for the application and mailing instructions.
  • Identification: A legible photocopy of a driver’s license, state ID card or passport for each person must be included with the application.  Identification must include a photo of the applicant. IDs must be current and non-expired. NOTE: If the photocopy submitted is not legible or of poor resolution, it will delay the issuance of your marriage license.
  • Fee: The marriage license fee is $25. Certified copies are $9 each (required for name changes and other legal purposes). Payment can be made by check or debit/credit card.  Credit/debit cards will reflect a minimum service fee of $1 or 2.25% per transaction, whichever is larger.
  • Minor Consent Form (if applicable): The minimum age to marry in Nebraska without parental consent is 19. Individuals who are 17 or 18 may marry with consent of a parent or guardian. The required form is available through the following link.

Ceremony & Post Ceremony Information