Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Getting Married in Las Vegas, NV

Personally, I am not a fan of getting married in Vegas, but I know a lot of you do. For those of you who want to elope or like to get married in Vegas. Here is some information that you might find helpful. 

Marriage Process:

Step 1:

Both the Bride and Groom must go in person to the Marriage Bureau at the Clark County Clerk’s Office to apply for a marriage license. Don't forget to bring a form of Identification to prove your Name & Age (Identification Requirements).

Marriage License Bureau
201 E Clark Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 671-0600
Fax: (702) 385-8911
Email: Clerkem@clarkcountynv.gov     
Hours: 8:00a.m.-Midnight, 7 days a week/365 days a year - including holidays

The fee for a marriage license is $60, payable by cash, cashier’s check, money order, or credit card. Applicants may use American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. There is an additional $5.00 service charge for credit card transactions. Debit cards are not accepted unless the card is a debit/credit card.

Step 2:

After receiving your Marriage License, your ceremony must be performed by a marriage official.  A Marriage License is good for one year.

There are many marriage chapels in Las Vegas to choose from. All of the chapels offer a variety of wedding packages that will include flowers, photographer, etc. The cost of a wedding ceremony will depend upon the chapel and the package you select.

For a listing of wedding chapels: 
Visit Las Vegas (www.visitlasvegas.com)

Step 3:

You may also have a wedding ceremony performed by a Commissioner of Civil Marriages.
Office of Civil Marriages
309 S. 3rd St. 
Las Vegas, NV 89101
phone: (702) 455-3474
Sun.-Thurs. 2p.m.-6p.m., Fri. & Sat. 8a.m.-10p.m., All hours are by appointment only

The fee for a Civil Marriage Ceremony is $50.00 cash or credit card. Exact change is required when paying by cash. There is a $5.00 service charge when paying with a major credit card. Debit cards are NOT accepted unless they are tied in with a credit card.

Walking directions to The Office of Civil Marriages from the Marriage License Bureau:

Turn left when you exit the Marriage License Bureau and walk down the stairs or handicap ramp. Proceed left on Third Street. Walk approximately 1.5 blocks north (crossing Lewis Ave). The Office of Civil Marriages is located on the right-hand side of the street.

Step 4:

After your wedding ceremony has been performed, the marriage official has 10 business days to send the marriage certificate to the Recorder’s Office to be recorded.

Step 5:

A marriage certificate is usually recorded by 3 p.m. the day it is received. Certified copies are available the next day for purchase.

Ordering a Marriage Certificate

Certified Copies are used to provide proof of marriage to social security, insurance groups, immigration, and motor vehicle departments, Banks and other financial institutions, post office, utility company, credit card companies, passport, wills, among others.

Step 6:

Foreign countries require certified copies of marriage certificates in order to register Las Vegas (Clark County) marriages in their country. Some foreign countries also require an Apostille in order to register the marriage.

Apostille Information

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