You can fill out the Hawaii marriage license application in two ways.
You can use the Hawaii Electronic Marriage and Civil Union Registration System here: https://emrs.ehawaii.gov/emrs/public/home.html
to complete the application and pay online. This is the fastest and easiest way to apply for your marriage license and it is the same application for Marriage or Civil Unions eliminating confusion. Also, this system accepts credit cards so you don't have to bring cash to your marriage license appointment.
Fill out the paper version of the Hawaii Marriage License Application located here (hand written): https://goo.gl/F0hxZf or the Hawaii Civil Union Application located here (hand written): https://goo.gl/EAMQA and bring them to your marriage license appointment.
The Hawaii marriage license expires 30 days from and including the date of issuance, after that it automatically becomes null and void. The license is valid for any of the Hawaiian islands.
Call a marriage license agent before you arrive on island to make an appointment. A marriage license appointment lasts about 30 minutes.
Here is the state of Hawaii marriage license agent list compiled for all the islands (Maui, Oahu, Lani, Molokai, Kauai, Hawaii -Big Island). http://health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords/license-agents/
Bring to your licensing appointment:
• $70 cash (unless payed online with a credit card already)
• Completed paper application or printed receipt from your online application
• Drivers License, Military ID or Passport (Birth Certificate required if you are under 18)
• Both people that will be involved in the marriage or civil union must attend the marriage license appointment
Any agent within the state of Hawaii can authorize your form to wed on all islands.
If you’re planning on getting married on another island than the one you got your marriage license on, no problem. Just make sure you bring your approved form with you to your marriage ceremony.
Here is the state’s list of certified agents for all Islands (Maui, Oahu, Big Island, Molokai, Kauai and Lanai):
Bring your Marriage License "WITH YOU" to your wedding! Your minister or officiant will complete it and file the license with the State of Hawaii.
If you live in a country outside the United States you will need what is called an apostille (click for full definition), which is a document authenticating your marriage license in the United States therefore making it legal in your home country.
When you make your appointment with the license agent, let them know that you will need an apostille and ask if you need to do anything ahead of time to make that happen.
You may also want to notify your officiant. Then when you meet with the agent they can give you the forms and instructions to request an apostille. Below is a link to a list of countries that accept an appostille for authentication of marriage licenses so they will be accepted as legal documents and therefore legal proof of marriage in their home country.
We live in a country that will require an Apostille to make the marriage license legal — what do we do?
No, you can get married right after your license appointment. Some couples meet with the agent the same day as their wedding, but we suggest doing it at least the day before to have one less thing to worry about.
As soon as you have a general idea of your travel dates, make your appointment. That way you can get a time slot that best fits into your trip.
The 30-day timeframe is how early you can meet with the agent before your wedding. You can complete the online form up to a year before that. You’ll just need to have your wedding within 30 days of meeting with the agent on island.
No, if you’ve already had a legal ceremony back home or elsewhere, or are planning to make the marriage legal later, you can have a ceremonious wedding that would be just like if you are actually making it legal here. You also don’t need to bring anything to prove that you’re already legally married.
After your wedding, it takes about 3 weeks for the license to be processed plus the time it takes for the certified copy to be mailed to you.
The state actually quotes a delivery of the marriage license of 60-120 days after the marriage has been performed. You can access it online sooner, but you will need the certified copy in order to make any legal name changes.
If you wish to receive your Hawaii marriage license sooner, ask the marriage license agent about paying for an expedited copy, which is currently a cost of $10.
If you still have questions about the marriage license process in Hawaii you can go to the states Hawaii marriage license page online here:
This page includes information such as application, agents and answers to any additional questions you may have with links and phone #'s.
For additional information on Hawaii civil unions visit the State of Hawaii page about civil unions here: https://health.hawaii.gov/vitalrecords/about-civil-unions/.
This page includes information such as applications and applicable laws associated with civil unions in Hawaii.
Getting Marriage License Information by Telephone
Information on Hawaii marriage licenses may be obtained via the telephone system, any day or any time, by calling the number above.
Contained in the above reference guide is all the information you need to get your Hawaii marriage license if you are from the United States or from another country.
This comprehensive guide will give you all of the answers you need to obtain a marriage license in Hawaii as quickly and easily as possible.
If you can not find the answer to your marriage license questions call the phone number listed and ask a state marriage licensing representative for additional help.
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