Hawaii is a top destination for lovers the world ’round for weddings. In order for a marriage to be officially recognized in Hawaii, however, you will need to apply for a marriage (or civil union) license, find a licensed marriage (or civil union) performer (religious or a judge), and file the marriage license application to secure a marriage certificate. With the state’s online system, performers may be able to provide a electronic temporary certificate immediately following the wedding.

The basic requrements and restrictions for a Hawaii marriage are as follows:

  • Age — The legal age to marry is 18 years for males and females.  However, with the written consent of both parents, legal guardian or family court, the male or female may be married at 16 or 17.  Males and females at age 15 may marry with the written consent of both parents or legal guardian and the written approval of the judge of the family court.  The parents or guardian do not have to reside in the state.  Consent forms may be obtained from the marriage license agent.
  • Proof of Age — A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 and under.  For anyone 19 and over, proof of age may be requested in the form of an I.D. or driver’s license.
  • Blood Relationship — Cousins may marry, but a blood relationship between the prospective bride and groom cannot be closer than first cousins (for example: uncle-niece, half-brother-sister may not marry).
  • Blood tests Are not Required.

Some Items to Remember

  1. Both the prospective bride and groom must appear together in person before a marriage license agent to get a license.
  2. A marriage license expires 30 days from and including the date of issuance; it is good only in the State of Hawaii.
  3. Marriage performer must be licensed in the State of Hawaii to perform the marriage ceremony.

Source: Hawaii State marriage website

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