FAQs

MARRIAGE LICENSE & CERTIFICATE

What are the requirements to legally marry in Hawaii?

All that’s required is a Hawaii marriage license. The majority of this process is done online; you simply pick up the license upon your arrival. After the event, we will file all legal documentation on your behalf.

Typically, the only documentation required to obtain the license is a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

There are no citizenship or residency requirements; your marriage is legal throughout the world.

Some countries do require an Apostille, and you can apply for this document when obtaining the license. Your wedding confirmation email will provide information about applying for and obtaining your license. 

How long does it take to get a marriage license?

You can apply and obtain a marriage license the same day. You can pre-apply for the license within one year of the wedding date. Once the license is physically obtained, it is good for 30 days.

When will I receive my marriage certificate?

The State of Hawaii will issue a temporary copy of the marriage license which can be downloaded online within a few days of the ceremony. You will then receive a certified copy of your marriage license by mail within 120 days of your wedding.

If you need a certified hard copy of your marriage license sooner, you can go online to request the copy or contact the Department of Health (808-586-4544) for more information.

Do I need a witness?

No, the State of Hawaii does not require a witness.