Absentee Marriages

If either you or your intended spouse cannot appear at the Clerk and Recorder's office in person to apply for your marriage license, the absent party must complete an absentee application, and this must be notarized. The notarized absentee application must be used within 30 days from the date it was notarized.
The party appearing in person must present, on the behalf of the absent intended spouse:

  • the completed and notarized absentee application, and
  • a clear and legible photocopy of a valid form of identification of the absent intended spouse (fax copies not acceptable).

The absentee applicant's legal name as stated in the notarized absentee application must match exactly the absentee applicant's name as shown by the ID photocopy.

The absentee application may be found on our Forms page.