Marriage License

Black and white wedding photo

New!! Online Marriage Application

NEW- Online Application Process

Step 1. Fill out application online

Step 2. Fill out Marriage Application Affidavit

Step 3. Print Marriage Application Affidavit, then sign it in front of a notary and have them sign and attach their seal.

Step 4. Return notarized Affidavit and payment of $54.00 to the Pend Oreille County Auditor’s Office either in person or by mail. If by mail, write your current phone number on the memo line or next to your name

Step 5. Pend Oreille County Recording will process your application and mail you your marriage license, a Certificate of Marriage, and an information packet.

General Application Process

  • Both applicants visit our office to complete paperwork not later than 3:30 pm;
  • If both applicants can’t come to our office to complete the paperwork, please download the Marriage Application and have it signed in front of a notary public and return the completed application to our office for processing;
  • Both applicants must have a current photo ID as proof of your age and identity;
  • Applicants must pay fees at time of licensing, cash or check only;
  • Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older. Applicants who are 17 years of age must be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian who can provide consent. Applicants under the age of 17 must obtain permission from the Family Court;
  • Application process takes approximately 30 minutes.


  • Waiting Period: There is a mandatory 3-day (calendar day) waiting period before the license becomes valid. The 3 day waiting period begins on the date of application. No exceptions can be made.
  • Period Valid: Your ceremony must be performed in any Washington county within 60 days of application.
  • Location of Ceremony: A license obtained in any Washington county is valid anywhere in the state.
  • Public Record: All marriage applications and certificates are a matter of public record. Once a marriage has been recorded it cannot be unrecorded.

Not Required:

  • Blood tests and physical exams are not required to obtain a marriage license.
  • Proof of divorce from a previous spouse, or death of a spouse, is not required to obtain a marriage license. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the final decree of divorce is filed before applying for a new marriage license.

Witnesses & Ceremony:

  • State law requires that at least two witnesses be present at the ceremony. Witnesses should be at least 12 years of age.
  • State law prescribes who can perform a marriage ceremony: See RCW 26.04.050 for a complete list.

Certified Copies:

  • Certified copies of marriage licenses must be requested. Requests may be made in person or by mail.
  • To request in person, please come to the Recording Department located at the Pend Oreille County Recording Department, address listed below;
  • To request by mail, please send a request with bride, groom, and date of marriage to the Pend Oreille County Recording Department, address listed below;
    • Certified copies: $3 each
    • Photocopies: $1 each
  • Our marriage records can also be accessed at the Washington State Digital Archives
  • All public documents, including marriage certificates, are available from the Recording Department.

Additional Information

Handwritten Marriage Certificate

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Excluding Holidays
Please arrive no later than 3:30 PM
Each application takes approximately 30 minutes


Pend Oreille County
Courthouse – 2nd Floor
Auditor’s Office
625 W 4th Street
Newport, WA 99156


$54.00 Marriage License
cash or check only
non refundable

Staff Contacts

Pend Oreille County Auditor
(509) 447-6474