All states require a marriage license, so you need to ensure that you understand all of the requirements very early in the planning process. Luckily, it’s fairly straightforward in most cases as long as you meet the criteria and follow the state requirements.
Here is what you need to know about getting a marriage license in Arkansas.
Yes! Same sex marriage is recognized in all states, and at a federal level, under the Respect for Marriage Act which was signed into law in December 2022.
No. Blood tests have been abolished as part of marriage license applications in all 50 states, so don’t worry if you’re afraid of needles!
Once you’ve gotten the admin out of the way, you can get to the part you’ve been dreaming of: the wedding ceremony!
As you’d expect, each state has different requirements to make a marriage legal. Make sure you follow the guide below to get your marriage legally recognized.
Officiants are required for marriages in Arkansas. Officiants must be an ordained minister, and registered with the County Clerk’s office. Once registered with the Clerk, a person is eligible to officiate marriages in any county.
All counties have their own procedure for officiant registration, so it will be best to check with the local Clerk for their individual requirements. Typically, it will involve presenting an ordination certificate or a letter of good standing.
Other eligible individuals include: The Governor, judges, the current mayor of any town, and some former mayors who served 5 years or more,
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