With the passage of Referendum 74, same gender couples will be able to apply for marriage licenses beginning on Thursday, December 6, 2012. The Auditor’s Office staff can only answer questions related to the marriage application process. We cannot answer questions related to the effects of marriage, such as legal name change, impact on benefits or recognition in other states. Legal Voice, a nonprofit entity, has developed a series of questions and answers that may be useful to same gender couples. FAQ for Same Gender Couples by Legal Voice
Facts you should know
ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED IN BLACK INK ONLY
You will be required to sign an Affidavit swearing to the fact that, to the best of your knowledge, you are:
Unmarried at the time of the application.
That you are aware of the status of your co-applicant regarding sexually transmitted diseases.
That you are 18 years of age OR have the required consent forms.
This Affidavit must be signed in front of a deputy auditor in our office OR a notary public.
Upon proper completion of the forms, a fee of $56.00 will be collected and a license will be issued. This fee is payable only by cash, check or money order. Your license is not valid for 3 days from its issue date. This waiting period cannot be reduced for any reason. When the license is issued, it must be used within sixty days or it is VOID. The license is valid only for weddings taking place in the State of Washington.
Please note: ALL documents should be completed and signed with your CURRENT name: Getting married does not automatically change your name, it merely allows you to change it if you so choose.
RCW 26.04.050: Who may solemnize: The following named officers and persons, active or retired, are hereby authorized to solemnize marriages, to wit: justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the Court ofAppeals, judges of the Superior Courts, Superior Court commissioners, any regularly licensed or ordained minister or any priest of any church or religious denomination, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction as defined in RCW 3.02.010.
If you would like to be married at the Courthouse, please contact Superior Court at 360-679-7361.
Once you are married, the officiant has 30 days to return the final paperwork to our office: Once we have received these documents, you can get Certified copies of your Marriage Certificate for $3 each by coming into our office or mailing in a request along with the appropriate fees. If you require Certified copies right away, you can choose to bring the paperwork into our office personally. If you will be changing your name after marriage, Certified copies will be required to obtain a new Drivers License and Social Security Card.
The fact that a marriage license has been issued is a matter of public record and must be readily accessible for public inspection: We cannot withhold any information from the public, including newspaper reporters and businesses catering to prospective marriage partners or newlyweds.
The State of Washington uses $15 of the fee to help displaced homemakers and abused children.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at (360) 240-5540.
To process your application by mail, return all documents to:
ISLAND COUNTY AUDITOR
PO BOX 5000
COUPEVILLE WA 98239
Please include a return address OR a request for pick-up.
If no clear instructions are included, the license will be mailed to the address on the check.
ADDITIONAL OFFICES WHERE PEOPLE MAY APPLY FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES:
Jefferson County Auditor (360) 385-9118
1820 Jefferson St.
Port Townsend Wa 98368
Skagit County Auditor (360) 336-9311
700 S. Second Street, Room 201
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Snohomish County Auditor (425) 388-3472
3000 Rockefeller Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
Whatcom County Auditor (360) 676-6744
311 Grand Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225