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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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