Marriage Licenses

Clackamas County issues marriage licenses at the Recorder's Office at 1710 Red Soils Court, Oregon City, OR 97045.

Marriage licenses hours
M-Th: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Government issued picture identification is required.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age; persons 17 years of age may obtain a marriage license with a signed consent form from either parent or guardian. Parent or guardian must be present when the license is purchased.

The fee for the license is $60, payable in cash, certified check or money order. No personal checks are accepted and there is no ATM in the building.

Applicants now have the option of completing their marriage application online. Follow the online marriage application to complete and submit your application electronically. (The final step will be to visit the office).

Whether you are completing the Marriage Application online or at the office, both parties must appear together to complete the process.

To assist applicants who wish to complete the application at the office, you may review or download the Marriage License Worksheet. Please note, this worksheet is not the application but is a list of the pertinent information you will need in completing the application when you arrive in our office. You must provide all the requested information. Referring to your birth certificate may assist you in this process. A license will not be issued with missing information.

After the license is issued, there is a three day waiting period before the license becomes effective. Upon request, and at the time the license is issued, the three day waiting period can be waived. The waiver fee is an additional $15 payable in cash, certified check or money order.

Once the license becomes effective, the couple has 60 days to have the ceremony performed anywhere in Oregon. This period is not extendable; if the 60-day limit is exceeded, a new license must be purchased. No blood tests or physicals are required.

The commemorative Marriage Certificate, given to you at the time your license is issued, will be completed by the official performing the marriage. This certificate is unofficial and not acceptable as proof of your marriage. The official record is the marriage license. A certified copy of the official license will be required for proof of marriage. You may purchase a certified copy of the official record through the office of the Clackamas County Clerk Recording Division or through the Oregon Center for Health Statistics.

Certified Copies will be available after the marriage has been performed and the license has been returned to our office for recording. Requests must be in writing or in person. Written requests should include the names of the parties as they appear on the license, the date of the wedding, the name and address to where the copy is to be returned. Copy fees must be submitted with the request. The fee will be $7.75 for the first page plus 25¢ for each additional page. Additional copies, per request, will be charged $4 for the first page plus 25¢ for each additional page. Make the check payable to Clackamas County Clerk.

Should you have any questions, please call the Recorder's Office at: 503-655-8551.