Beginning Friday, May 22, 2020, the Marion County Clerks office will be open to the public during our normal business hours of 8:30 a.m – 5:00. p.m. Passports are still not available at this time. To comply with physical distancing guidelines, we will be limiting the number of people in our lobby. We encourage you to continue to contact our office by phone at 503-588-5225, or by electronic means (e-mail License and Recording) to minimize physical contact.
You may obtain a marriage license from the Marion County Clerk & Recorder’s Office at:
Marion County Clerk & Recorder
555 Court St NE
Salem, OR 97301
1. Complete the Marriage License Worksheet found here English or Spanish or fill one out when you arrive at our office.
2. Both parties must appear in person to complete the application. Hours for obtaining a marriage license are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The fee for the license is $60.00. We accept cash, check, or credit/debit cards (paying with a card will incur an additional fee of $2.50).
3. Certified copies are $4.00 each. They can be pre-ordered at the time you obtain the license or purchased after the license is returned to our office after the ceremony.
There is a 3-day* waiting period from the day you pay the fee and receive the license until the license is valid to use. Once the license is valid, it is usable for 60 days from the effective date. You may obtain a license in any county in Oregon, and it can be used in any county in the State of Oregon. NO TIME EXTENSIONS OR REFUNDS ARE MADE ONCE A LICENSE IS ISSUED.
*Waiving the 3-day waiting period
If you need to have the 3 day waiting period waived, you must request this waiver before the license is issued. There is no charge for a waiver in Marion County.
Note about Parents' Information on worksheet:
Parental names should be complete (first, middle, last) and should be reflective of the name they were born with.
Parents’ birthplaces can be state and/or country.
The legal age for marriage in the State of Oregon for both parties is 18. A 17-year old can be married if the parent or guardian gives consent. The parent or guardian must complete a consent form at the time the parties make application for their marriage license and provide a valid ID AND birth certificate proving parentage or court documents proving guardianship.
Note about Last Name Taken After Marriage:
Oregon law limits the possible name change options when getting married. Please review the options below before selecting your name taken after marriage.
(a) Retain the party's middle name, if any, and surname prior to the marriage;
(b) Retain the party's middle name, if any, and change the party's surname to the surname of the other party;
(c) Either retain or remove the party's middle name, if any, and change the party's surname to one surname or a combination of surnames, or names within the surnames, of either or both parties, with or without a hyphen;
(d) Change the party's middle name, if any, to the party's surname at birth or prior to the marriage; or
(e) Add to the party's middle name, if any, the party's surname at birth or prior to the marriage and change the party's surname to the surname of the other party.
Marriage Worksheet - English
Marriage Worksheet - Spanish
Judges Available for Marriage Ceremonies
Request for Certified Copy of Marriage License
Three Day Waiver
FAQs: Same-Sex Marriages
Marion County Clerk
555 Court Street NE
P.O. Box 14500
Salem, OR 97309