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Marriage license Laws in the state of Vermont, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Vermont marriage laws before filling out the Vermont marriage license form.

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In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, but you'll need to apply for the certificate together, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Valid picture ID and a certified copy of a Birth Certificate must be presented.

•  You must know your legal town of residence and your place and date of birth; you will also need to know your parents' names, including your mother's maiden name, and the states where your parents were born. (A certified copy of your birth certificate can supply most of this information.)

Vermont law requires that at least one of you must sign in the presence of the town clerk, certifying that all facts are correct; however, most town clerks prefer to see both of you in person before issuing your license to marry, as the law requires that
they satisfy themselves that you are both free to marry under Vermont laws. they may legally ask to see documented proof of your statements, for example birth certificates, divorce decrees, etc. (18VSA, 5141)

If Previously Married: If you are a widow or widower, you are free to marry. You will be asked the date your spouse died. If you are divorced, you may remarry after the date on which your previous marriage is dissolved.

Residency Requirement: If both bride and groom are residents of Vermont, you may get your license from the Town Clerk in the town of residence of either one. If only one of you is a resident, go to the Town Clerk of the Vermont resident. Your license is valid anywhere in Vermont.

If neither of you are residents of Vermont, you need to go to a town clerk in the county in which you will be married. You may need to bring:

•  proof of age (birth certificate)

•  if divorced, a copy of divorce decree

•  if widowed, spouse's death certificate

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Fees: Fee for a Civil Marriage License is $45. Some counties may require cash or travelers' checks only.

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

Blood Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: If you are at least 16, but under 18, you will need the consent of a parent or guardian.

Anyone under guardianship may not marry without the guardian's written consent. Vermont also does not allow marriage between most close relatives. You cannot marry in Vermont to evade the laws of the state where you live. You cannot marry if either of you is currently married to someone else. The law also requires that both parties be of sound mind.

Marriage Ceremony: Your marriage can be performed by: A judge, supreme court justice, assistant judge, justice of the peace, or an ordained or licensed minister, rabbi or priest residing in Vermont or authorized by their denomination. If the officiant does not reside in Vermont, or is not recognized by the State of Vermont, they must file for a permit from a Probate Court in the county where the marriage will take place.

You must deliver the license to the officiant before the marriage can be performed. After the ceremony, the officiant will complete the license, sign it, and return it to the town clerk's office within 10 days of the ceremony so your marriage may be officially registered.

Cousin Marriage: Yes.

Proxy Marriages: No. Both parties must be present.

Same Sex Marriage: Yes. Same sex marriages were approved by the VT State Legislature in September of 2009.

Officiants: Ordained ministers residing in this state may perform marriages. Non-resident ordained ministers may perform marriages with the permission of the probate court of the district within which the marriage is to take place. Ministers must complete the marriage license and certificate of marriage and return it to the clerk's office from which it was issued within ten days from the date of the marriage.

Miscellaneous: You will need a copy of your marriage certificate if you want to change your name legally (ie Social Security, etc). You may request (in person or in writing) a copy from the town clerk 2 or more weeks after the ceremony.

Valid: License is valid for 60 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Vermont.

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Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Vermont Department of Health
Vital Records Unit
108 Cherry Street
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, Vermont 05402

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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Vermont County Clerk's Office

Addison Town Clerk
Vergennes, VT
802. 759. 2020

Alburg Town Clerk
Alburg, VT
802. 796. 3468

Bakersfield Town Clerk
Bakersfield, VT
802. 827. 4495

Barnet Town Clerk
Barnet, VT
802. 633. 2256

Barre County
Barre, VT
802. 476. 0242

Barretown Clerk
Websterville, VT
802. 479. 9391

Barton Town Clerk
Barton, VT
802. 754. 8584

Bennington Town Clerk
Bennington, VT
802. 442. 1043

Berkshire Town Clerk
Berkshire, VT
802. 933.2335

Bolton Town Clerk
Waterbury, VT
802. 434. 3064

Brandon Town Clerk
Brandon, VT
802. 247. 3635

Brattleboro Town Clerk
Brattleboro, VT
802. 254. 4541

Bristol Town Clerk
Bristol, VT
802. 453. 2486

Burke Town Clerk
West Burke, VT
802. 467. 3717

Burlington City Clerk
Burlington, VT
802. 865. 7000

Cabot City Clerk
Cabot, VT
802. 563. 2279

Calais Town Clerk
Calais, VT
802. 223. 5952

Cambridge Town Clerk
Cambridge, VT
802. 644. 2251

Castleton Town Clerk
Castleton, VT
802. 468. 2212

Cavendish Town Clerk
Cavendish, VT
802. 226. 7292

Charlotte Town Clerk
Charlotte, VT
802. 425. 3071

Chelsea Town Clerk
Chelsea, VT
802. 685. 4460

Chester Town Clerk
Chester, VT
802. 875. 2173

Clarendon Town Clerk
North Clarendon, VT
802. 775. 4274

Colchester Town Clerk
Colchester, VT
802. 655. 0811

Danville Town Clerk
Danville, VT
802. 684. 3352

Derby Town Clerk
Derby, VT
802. 766. 4906

Dover Town Clerk
West Dover, VT
802. 464. 5100

Dummerston Town Clerk
Putney, VT
802. 257. 1496

Duxbury Town Clerk
Waterbury, VT
802. 244. 6660

East Barre Town Clerk
Websterville, VT
802. 479. 9391

East Corinth
Corinth, VT
802. 439. 5850

East Montpelier
East Montpelier, VT
802. 223. 3313

East Wallingford
Wallingford, VT
802. 446. 2336

Elmore Town Clerk
Lake Elmore, VT
802. 888. 2637

Enosburg Town Clerk
Enosburg Falls, VT
802. 933. 4421

Essex Town Clerk
Essex Junction, VT
802. 879. 0413

Fair Haven Town Clerk
Fair Haven, VT
802. 265. 3010

Fairfax Town Clerk
Fairfax, VT
802. 849. 6111

Fletcher Town Clerk
Fletcher, VT
802. 849. 6616

Franklin Town Clerk
Franklin, VT
802. 285. 2101

Georgia Town Clerk
St. Albans, VT
802. 524. 3524

Glover Town Clerk
Glover, VT
802. 525. 6227

Grand Isle Town Clerk
Grand Isle, VT
802. 372. 8830

Graniteville Town Clerk
Websterville, VT
802. 479. 9391

Groton Town Clerk
Groton, VT
802. 584. 3276

Guildhall Town Clerk
Guildhall, VT
802. 676. 3797

Guilford Town Clerk
Guilford, VT
802. 254. 6857

Hartland Town Clerk
Hartland, VT
802. 436. 2444

Highgate Town Clerk
Highgate Center, VT
802. 868. 4697

Hinesburg Town Clerk
Hinesburg, VT
802. 482. 2281

Hubbardton Town Clerk
Fair Haven, VT
802. 273. 2951

Huntington Town Clerk
Hunnington, VT
802. 434. 2032

Hyde Park Town Clerk
Hyde Park, VT
802. 888. 2300

Isle La Motte
Isle La Motte, VT
802. 928. 3434

Jamaica Town Clerk
Jamaica, VT
802. 874. 4681

Jericho Town Clerk
Jericho, VT
802. 899. 4936

Killington Town Clerk
Killington, VT
802. 422. 3243

Londonderry Town Clerk
S. Londonderry, VT
802. 824. 3356

Ludlow Town Clerk
Ludlow, VT
802. 228. 3232

Manchester Town Clerk
Manchester City, VT
802. 362. 1315

Marshfield Town Clerk
Marshfield, VT
802. 426. 3305

Mendon Town Clerk
Mendon, VT
802. 775. 1662

Middlebury Town Clerk
Middlebury, VT
802. 388. 4041

Milton Town Clerk
Milton, VT
802. 893. 7344

Monkton Town Clerk
Monkton, VT
802. 453. 3800

Montpelier Town Clerk
Montpelier, VT
802. 223. 9500

Moretown Town Clerk
Moretown Villag, VT
802. 496. 3645

Morristown Town Clerk
Morrisville, VT
802. 888. 6370

Newfane Town Clerk
Newfane, VT
802. 365. 7772

Newport City Clerk
Newport, VT
802. 334. 2112

North Ferrisburg
Ferrisburgh, VT
802. 877. 3429

N. Hero Town Clerk
N. Hero, VT
802. 372. 6926

Northfield Town Clerk
Northfield, VT
802. 485. 5421

Panton Town Clerk
Vergennes, VT
802. 475. 2333

Pawlet Village Clerk
Pawlet, VT
802. 325. 3309

Peacham Town Clerk
Peacham, VT
802. 592. 3218

Peru Town Clerk
Peru, VT
802. 824. 3065

Pittsfield Town Clerk
Pittsfield, VT
802. 746. 8170

Pittsford Town Clerk
Pittsford, VT
802. 483. 2931

Plainfield Town Clerk
Plainfield, VT
802. 454.8461

Pownal Town Clerk
Pownal, VT
802. 823. 7757

Proctor Town Clerk
Proctor, VT
802. 459. 3333

Randolph Town Clerk
Randolph, VT
802. 728. 5682

Readsboro Town Clerk
Readsboro, VT
802. 423. 5405

Rochester Town Clerk
Rochester, VT
802. 767. 3631

Rutland Town Clerk
Center Rutland, VT
802. 773. 2528

Sharon Town Clerk
Sharon, VT
802. 763. 8268

Sheldon Springs
Sheldon, VT
802. 933. 2524

South Burlington
South Burlington, VT
802. 658. 7952

South Hero
South Hero, VT
802. 372.5552

St. Albans
St. Albans Bay, VT
802. 524. 2415

St. George Town Clerk
Willeston, VT
802. 878. 5121

St. Johns Berry Town Clerk
St. Johns Berry, VT
802. 748. 4331

St. Johnsbury
St. Johnsbury, VT
802. 748. 4331

Starksboro Town Clerk
Starksboro, VT
802. 453. 2639

Stockbridge Town Clerk
Stockbridge, VT
802. 234. 9371

Strafford Town Clerk
Strafford, VT
802. 765. 4411

Sudbury Town Clerk
Sudbury, VT
802. 623. 7296

Sunderland Town Clerk
East Arlington, VT
802. 375. 6106

Townshend Town Clerk
Townshend, VT
802. 365. 7300

Tunbridge Town Clerk
Tunbridge, VT
802. 889. 5521

Underhill Town Clerk
Underhill, VT
802. 759. 2020

Vergennes City Clerk
Vergennes, VT
802. 877. 3641

Vernon Town Clerk
Vernon, VT
802. 257. 0292

Wallingford Town Clerk
Wallingford, VT
802. 446. 2336

Warren Town Clerk
Warren, VT
802. 496. 2709

Washington Town Clerk
Washington, VT
802. 883. 2218

Waterbury Town Clerk
Waterbury, VT
802. 244. 8447

Weathersfield Town Clerk
Weathersfield, VT
802. 674. 2626

Wells Town Clerk
Wells, VT
802. 645. 0486

West Fairlee Town Clerk
West Fairlee, VT
802. 333. 9696

West Rutland Town Clerk
West Rutland, VT
802. 438. 2263

Westminster Town Clerk
Westminster, VT
802. 722. 4091

White River Jct. Town Clerk
White River Jct, VT
802. 295. 2785

Williamstown Town Clerk
Williamstown, VT
802. 433. 5455

Williston Town Clerk
Williston, VT
802. 878. 5121

Wilmington Town Clerk
Wilmington, VT
802. 464. 5836

Windham Town Clerk
West Townshend, VT
802. 874. 4211

Windsor Town Clerk
Windsor, VT
802. 674. 5610

Winooski Town Clerk
Winooski, VT
802. 655. 6419

Witingham Town Clerk
Wittingham, VT
802. 368. 7887

Woodbury Town Clerk
Woodbury, VT
802. 456. 7051

Woodstock Town Clerk
Woodstock, VT
802. 457. 3611


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