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Marriage Application

  • ID Requirement:
  • Valid picture identification. Acceptable identification includes valid Driver's License, valid Identification Card from DMV, valid Passport, Resident Alien card, Military ID, or Certified or original Birth Certificate. If a foreign birth certificate, it must be translated into English and notarized. You need to know your social security number, too!

  • Residency Requirement :

You do not have to be a resident of Nevada.

  • Previous Marriages:

If you were previously married, your divorce must be final. You need to know the date (month, year) of your divorce and the location (city and state) where you were divorced.

  • Covenant Marriage Option:

No.

  • Waiting Period in Nevada:

There is no waiting period to get married in Nevada.

  • Fees in Nevada:

You will have to pay $60.00 fee to get married in Storey County Nevada – cash, check or credit cards are accepted.

  • Other Tests:

No blood tests.

  • Proxy Marriages:

No. Both parties must be present.

  • Common Law Marriages:

No.

  • Same Sex Marriages:
No. NRS 122A. Established in the 75th session of the Nevada State Legislature Section 21 Article 1. You may find information on “Domestic Partnerships” on the Nevada Secretary of State’s website Click here   http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx? page=269
  • Renewing Your Vows:

No. The county clerk's office is prohibited from issuing a new Marriage License to couples currently married. You may renew your wedding vows at a church or wedding chapel, but they may require you to bring a copy of your Marriage Certificate for proof of marriage before performing the renewal ceremony.

  • Cousin Marriages:

Not nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half-blood.

  • Under 18:

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have one parent or legal guardian present. A notarized written permission is also acceptable. It must be written in English and needs to state the name, birth date, age of the minor child, along with the relationship of the person giving consent. The notary must note that the parent or guardian personally appeared before or was subscribed and sworn to.

If you are under 16, marriage can be authorized only by court order when the request has been filed by either parent or legal guardian.

  • Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

In Nevada, marriage certificates are stored at the county level. To receive a copy of your marriage certificate, you must contact the County Recorder in the county where you obtained your marriage license. You will need to pay the fees payable to "County Recorder".

  • The “Office of Vital Records” can "search for and verify events occurring after 1968 if you submit a request containing the full name(s) of the person whose record you are searching for, the approximate date of the event and the city where you believe the event occurred." There is a fee for each name searched. Click here http://health.nv.gov/vs.htm
  • Your marriage ceremony may be performed by any of the following:
    • An ordained minister, religious official, or Notary Public who has permission to perform marriages.
    • All judicial officers (Judges) of the State of Nevada
    • Chaplains of the Armed Forces
    • Our Virginia Township Justice of the Peace is available to perform marriages Monday thru Friday. Contact the Justice of the Peace Office at 775-847-0962 prior to that day to find out the available time.

Marriage Officiate Information – Per Chapter 122 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS)

  • In order to apply for a Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages in the State of Nevada, please click here (Please link to the Forms Page) for Applications. There is a Non-refundable fee of $25.00
  • Processing time for Applications varies, depending upon the type of Application submitted. Background checks are required on applicants submitting a Permanent Application, Retired Status Applications (local ministers only) and Temporary Replacement Applications. The processing time for a Permanent Application is approximately 2-3 weeks.
  • Faxed documents will not be accepted. Original documents are required.
  • To avoid any delays in processing, check to ensure that the documents are signed by the appropriate party and are notarized.
  • No fee is charged for this service performed by the Clerk's Office. However, there may be a $45 fee for the third-party background check on Permanent Certificates of Authority.
  • Permanent Certificate of Authority (Local Applicants Only) For first time applicants or previous certificate holders residing in Storey County, Nevada who have been removed, changed churches or religious organizations or must reapply every 5 years.
  • Temporary Certificate of Authority (Out-of-State Applicants Only) For out-of-state applicants: NRS 122 provides that a licensed, ordained or appointed minister, or other person authorized to solemnize a marriage in good standing with his church or religious organization, or who is retired if he had active charge of a church or religious organization for a period of at least 3 years, whose residence and church or religious organization is in another state may perform marriages in the county if authorized to do so by the county clerk. A separate authorization is required for each marriage performed. Such a minister or other person authorized to solemnize marriages may perform not more than five marriages in this state in any calendar year.
  • Notary Public Single Ceremony Status (In-State Applicants) NRS 122 authorizes a Notary Public appointed by the Nevada Secretary of State and in good standing, to apply for a Certificate of Authority to solemnize a specific marriage ceremony. . A separate application and fee ($25) is required for each marriage performed. Such Notary Public may perform no more than five marriages in Nevada in any calendar year. The application is obtained from the county clerk where the single ceremony is to be performed.
  • Notary Public Active Status (Local Applicants Only) NRS 122 authorizes a Notary Public appointed by the Nevada Secretary of State and in good standing, to apply for a Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages. If granted, the certificate remains in effect until the Notary Public's commission expires. If the Notary Public renews his/her commission, he/she must reapply for a new Certificate of Authority to Solemnize Marriages.
  • Change of Address Form Address changes for church or religious organization or the minister's home address require completion of a Change of Address form. Please notify us of address changes on the appropriate form and return it to the address listed to the left. Certificate holders will need to reapply if they change to a new church or religious organization.
  • Affidavit of Revocation
The religious organization with which a minister or other person authorized to solemnize marriage is affiliated must submit an Affidavit of Revocation of Authority to Solemnize Marriages within five (5) days following any one or more of the occurrences listed below:

1. If minister or other person authorized to solemnize marriages is no longer in good standing as herein stated;
2. If minister or other person authorized to solemnize marriages has ceased to be a member of the church or religious organization;
3. If minister or other person authorized to solemnize marriages has ceased to be a minister or other person authorized to solemnize marriages of the church or religious organization;
4. If the minister or other person authorized to solemnize marriages moves his/her residence from Storey County;
5. If the aforementioned church or religious organization changes address or location; or
6. If the church or religious organization is dissolved or otherwise terminated or changes its existence.

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