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The process of getting married takes a lot more than just standing in front of an altar and saying, “I do.” Most weddings take months and months of planning before the event. In the midst of working out all the arrangements, from flowers to music to dresses and tuxedos, the last thing that any couple wants to worry about is the legal issues that go along with a wedding. In order to get married, no matter where you live, a couple needs to obtain a marriage license from the state in which the wedding will take place. For couples getting married in Minneapolis, the rules for getting a Minneapolis, MN marriage license are detailed below.

One thing that you may want to know before you set out to get your Minneapolis, MN marriage license is that there is a way that you can save a lot of money on the license fee. Normally, the fee for getting a marriage license is $110, which is quite a bit more than the costs in many other states. However, you can reduce this fee to a much more reasonable $40 if you take part in a premarital education course. This course, which is a total of 12 hours long, includes a premarital inventory and teaches couples good communication and conflict management skills. This course can be administered by anyone who can solemnize the wedding (a clergyperson or a judge) or a licensed marriage counselor. The cost of the course itself may vary depending on who proctors it.

So, you should decide ahead of time if this premarital course is something you need or want. It’s a good idea, not only because of the savings but also because it teaches couples useful things that can help them in their relationship.

Beside the fee that you need to pay, couples need to bring some form of photo ID and their social security cards. That’s the only legal documentation required for a Minneapolis, MN marriage license, unless one of the partners is a minor or has recently been divorced or widowed. In the case of minors, the minimum age to marry is 16, and the partner must have parental permission, or permission of the courts to marry. In the case of divorce, annulment or death of a previous spouse, some proof must be shown confirming that the event before a marriage license will be issued.

Once the license is issued, there is a waiting period of 5 days before the Minneapolis, MN marriage license can be used. For this reason, it’s very important to get your marriage license ahead of time so that it’s ready to be used on the wedding day. In extraordinary cases, a judge may waive the need for this 5-day waiting period. However, it’s not a good idea to count on this leeway, and you should always plan ahead.

The final rule of note about getting a Minneapolis, MN wedding license is that two witnesses are required to be present when the document is filed. Usually, these witnesses are the best man and the maid of honor, but anyone can serve as a witness so long as they at least 16 years old.
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