Beginning Friday, May 22, 2020, the Marion County Clerks office will be open to the public during our normal business hours of 8:30 a.m – 5:00. p.m. Passports are still not available at this time. To comply with physical distancing guidelines, we will be limiting the number of people in our lobby. We encourage you to continue to contact our office by phone at 503-588-5225, or by electronic means (e-mail License and Recording) to minimize physical contact.
The Marion County Clerk in conformance with County and State mandates amid the COVID-19 outbreak, will temporarily offer marriage licenses through the mail.
Reminder: You need to secure your license at least 3 days prior to your ceremony as there is a 3-day waiting period in the State of Oregon. The marriage license is valid for 60 days.
To obtain a license, please read the following instructions:
1. Complete the Marriage License Worksheet found here English or Spanish
and mail or email to the Marion County Clerk. This can be done by either:
- Mail the completed worksheet,
- front and back copy of photo identification for both parties (driver's license, state id card, passport, etc.) and
- $60 check or money order payable to Marion County Clerk
- PO BOX 14500, Salem, OR 97309.
You also have the option to pay by phone using a credit or debit card.
A. For those getting married within three (3) days –
- email the completed worksheet
- the completed three-day waiver (link is below).
- identification for both parties: front and back copy of photo ID (driver's license, state id card, passport, etc.)
to Clerksoffice@co.marion.or.us , and we will call you for credit card information.
B. To request a worksheet be sent to you by mail call the Marion County Clerk's office at (503) 588-5225.
Note about Parents' Information on worksheet:
Parental names should be complete (first, middle, last) and should be reflective of the name they were born with.
Parent's birthplace can be state and/or country.
Note about Last Name Taken After Marriage:
Oregon law limits the possible name change options when getting married. Please review the options below before selecting your name taken after marriage.
(a) Retain the party's middle name, if any, and surname prior to the marriage;
(b) Retain the party's middle name, if any, and change the party's surname to the surname of the other party;
(c) Either retain or remove the party's middle name, if any, and change the party's surname to one surname or a combination of surnames, or names within the surnames, of either or both parties, with or without a hyphen;
(d) Change the party's middle name, if any, to the party's surname at birth or prior to the marriage; or
(e) Add to the party's middle name, if any, the party's surname at birth or prior to the marriage and change the party's surname to the surname of the other party.
Once we receive and have reviewed your information,
We will mail or *email you (email is only for those getting married with three (3) days) the marriage license application and packet to take with you to your ceremony. Instructions for the officiant will be included as well as instructions for returning your completed license and the request for purchasing certified copies (certified copies are needed if either of you is are changing your name after marriage, cost is $4 each).
*Applicants requesting the application be emailed to them must be getting married within three days AND must have the ability to print completed application on 8 ½" X 14" legal sized paper. Other sizes will NOT be accepted or filed.
2. When you receive your marriage license application from the County Clerk:
- Sign and date lines 25 and 26 with your current legal name.
- Fill out your statistical information in fields 36 through 41b
- Provide the officiant with the signed marriage license application
3. Officiant – completes lines 30a through 33 and mails the application to:
Marion County Clerk, PO Box 14500, Salem, OR 97309
Instructions for Officiant Performing Wedding Ceremony - English
Instructions for Officiant Performing Wedding Ceremony - Spanish
Marriage Worksheet - English
Marriage Worksheet - Spanish
Judges available for Marriage Ceremonies
Request for Certified Copy of Marriage License
Three Day Waiver
FAQs: Same-Sex Marriages
Marion County Clerk
555 Court Street NE
P.O. Box 14500
Salem, OR 97309