How to get your Marriage License in Oregon

So you want to get married in the great state of Oregon, we can’t blame you! We may be bias but we think Oregon really is one of the best places to get married in the states, from our coasts to the mountains you have an endless variety of beautiful backdrops.

Getting a marriage license in Oregon is really not hard at all, and hopefully with this step by step process you will barely have to think about it.

1 | Pick your date!

Marriage license is Oregon must be used within 60 days of applying, so you’ll need to pick your date first. Once your date is set this will give you the time frame on when you’ll need to apply for your marriage license.

2 | Apply online or in person

If you’re planning on traveling into Portland for your elopement and plan on flying into PDX I suggest applying online either with Multnomah County (Portland) or Clackamas County (Oregon City). Both of these locations are close to the airport, because both you and your fiance will have to go in person to pick up your certificate. Also both of these county’s allow you to apply online.

Multnomah County

Clackamas County

Both locations are $60 to purchase your marriage license, and accept cash, certified check or money order. They will not take credit cards or personal checks!

3 | Remember the 3 day waiting period

In the state of Oregon there is a 3 day waiting period from the day your license is purchased. If you’re flying in and planned on getting married before those 3 days don’t worry, you can request a waiver to use the license immediately for a fee. Every county has different prices for their fees (not sure why) Multnomah County is $5 and Clackamas is $15.

4 | Arrive in person at the County Clerks office

Even if you decide to fill out your application online, in Oregon you will have to go to the office to pay and pick up your marriage license. You will need both of you present and a valid id.

The address for the offices in Portland is 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 175
Portland, OR 97214 and for Clackamas county, 1710 Red Soils Court, Oregon City, OR 97045. Make sure to check their hours ahead of time, they’re hours are not typical 8-5.

5 | Let’s get you married!

After you’ve gotten your marriage license it’s time to get you married! My husband is legally able to marry you guys in the state of Oregon, after the ceremony we’ll have you sign everywhere that needs to be signed, and place it in the mail for you.


A few FAQ’s

Will I need witnesses at my ceremony?

Yes, you will need 2 witnesses over the age of 18. As your photographer I’d be happy to sign as your witness along with my assistant, or ask your closest friends or family members to come along for the adventure.

How do I get a copy of my license after it’s turned in?

You can request a copy by mail from the county clerk.

Do I need to be getting married in Oregon or is the license valid in the surrounding states as well?

You will need to be getting married in Oregon with an Oregon marriage license, it will not be valid in Washington. If you are getting married on the Washington side though read our how to on getting your marriage license in Washington, HERE.

Do I need to get my marriage license in the county I’m getting married in?

Nope! You can get your license in any county in the state of Oregon.


We hope your elopement planning is a breeze and your engagement session is awesome!



  1. Kayla Illies says:

    This is amazing! Oregon looks like such a beautiful place to elope at!

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