Marriage License

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR UPCOMING WEDDING!

On behalf of the Yakima County Auditor’s Office, we would like to congratulate you on your upcoming marriage! 

Here are a few important things you will need to know before you get started:

  • At the time the marriage license is issued, there is a 3-day waiting period BEFORE you can get married
    (Example: If we issue the license on Wednesday, you can get married the following Saturday)
  • You have up to 60 days to get married after the 3-day waiting period is over
  • The marriage license is only valid in Washington State 
    (it will not be valid if the ceremony takes place in any other state)
  • Both parties must be present in our office by 4 pm to complete the application process (if either or both parties cannot be present, please see option 3 on our Applying for the License page).
  • Valid government-issued photo ID is required when you come in to apply

Application Fee  

  • The Marriage License starts at $72
  • Additional fee for using credit card or debit card
  • A keepsake certificate printed on acid-free paper with a colored background is available for $5 more
  • A certified copy of your marriage certificate may be automatically mailed for an additional $4. 

Payment options:

  • In office: cash, signed money order, cashier's check or debit/credit card
    (convenience fee will apply for credit or debit card use)
  • By mail: signed money order or cashier's check
  • Sorry, no personal checks are accepted

Marriages are Public Record

All marriage records are a matter of public record and once it has been recorded, it cannot be "unrecorded." (Exception: only for those enrolled in the State's Address Confidentiality program). The local newspaper generally publishes applicants’ name and city of residence.