How To Get A Marriage License In Hawaii

Updated: Jul 6, 2019

Wondering how to tie the knot in the Aloha State?  Here's a how to guide to getting your marriage license.   Hawaii is relatively one of the simplest states to obtain a Marriage License.  Most of the work can be done online. You need to visit the Hawaii Electronic Marriage and Civil Union Registration System to get started.  

You and your future Mr. or Mrs. will need to pay the online fee of $65 to enter the portal. You will need to choose an officiant for your marriage. If you do not have an officiant or a minister, it is possible to have your officiant changed later by your licensing agent.  If you are coming from the mainland, it is best to seek out officiants online and get a sense of who is available for your selected travel dates. Most officiants have websites and some officiants offer free consultations on the phone, which can help you decide if you are a good fit for each other.

If you are the type couple that enjoys life on the edge, you can fill out the application when you get to Hawaii, just make sure your licensing agent isn't closed for any holidays, as you both need to go there to finalize and pick up your license in person.  Your online marriage license application is valid online for one year before your wedding date. Once the licensing agent hands you the actual paper license, it is only valid for thirty days. After 30 days, your license will expire, and you will need to complete the whole application over again and pay another portal fee. ​

Within this time frame, make an appointment to visit a marriage licensing officer at the Department of Health Office of Vital Records on the island where you are staying.  He or she will help you complete the licensing process. You will need specifics, such as your parents’ birthdays and their middle names, so acquire that information ahead of time. When you leave Vital Records, the officer will hand you your paper Marriage License Worksheet. Bring this to the ceremony so that it can be filed by your officiant after it is signed by all parties.  Your officiant is required to file it online within three days of your ceremony. It will be available to you online within a few days using your Locator ID and mailed to you within 4-6 weeks.

Kona Wedding Officiant's licensed minister Deanna offers free phone and consultations to all couples who are thinking of getting married in Hawaii. Kona Wedding Officiant will also make your Marriage Licensing appointment for you before your wedding. We are fully insured and offer beach permits for over twenty beach locations. Kona Wedding Officiant is based out of Kailua Kona, Hawaii and serves West Hawaii and beyond.

Visit our website at to learn about affordable, beautiful beach wedding planning and officiant services. We offer intimate elopement and family ceremonies in Kona, Hawaii.  

Much Aloha! ~ Deanna, Licensed Minister, Kona Wedding Officiant

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