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Kitsap County Auditor * 619 Division St
Pt Orchard WA 98366-4687
360-337-7129 * Fax: 360-337-4645
 
Marriage Equality in Washington State
During the 2012 legislative session a bill was passed that enacts marriage for all couples regardless of gender in Washington. After the bill passed, opponents filed a referendum against the measure. Referendum 74 was filed and was certified by the Office of the Secretary of State. The issue was placed on the General Election ballot. The measure passed and will go in to effect on December 6, 2012.

Applying for a Marriage License

Couples may apply for a marriage license in-person or by mail. Both parties must sign the application before a deputy auditor (or a notary public if the application is by mail). A marriage license will be given to the parties upon receipt of the completed marriage application and fee. No appointment is necessary.

Kitsap County Auditor
Recording/Marriage License Department

619 Division St
Port
Orchard, WA 98366
Phone:
360-337-4935
Fax:
360-337-4645
E-mail: auditor@co.kitsap.wa.us

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

 
Requirements
  • Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older and must have a current photo ID as proof of your age.

  • 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 consent of parent/legal guardian and waiver from Juvenile Court is required to apply for a marriage license. (Juvenile Court Phone: 360-337-5401

  • Blood tests and physical exams are not required to obtain a marriage license.

  • Applicants do not have to be residents of the State of Washington to obtain a marriage license.  The license is only valid for weddings that are performed within the state of Washington.

  • 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.

Waiting Period

There is a three (3) day waiting period beginning the first day after you apply for your license and ending the third day following the date of application. You may not get married during this waiting period. The License is valid for 60 days beginning on the 3rd day after application and must be used in the State of Washington

 
Witnesses
Witnesses are not necessary to apply for a license, but state law requires that at least two witnesses be present at the ceremony.
 
Fee
The fee to apply for a Marriage License is $64.00 cash or check only. The fee is non-refundable.

Fast Fact

$15 of the marriage license fee goes to fund family services. These services include parenting classes, child development activities, health and educational activities, family support centers, and intervention services. $10 of the marriage license fee goes to assist displaced homemakers.

Performing the Ceremony

State law prescribes who can perform a marriage ceremony: active and retired Supreme Court justices, Court of Appeals judges, Superior Court judges, Superior Court commissioners, and judges of courts of limited jurisdiction, as well as any regularly licensed or ordained minister or priest of any church or religious denomination. See RCW 26.04.050 for a complete list.

Ministers from any state may perform marriage ceremonies, but the ceremony must be performed in the State of Washington. Neither the bride nor the groom may perform the ceremony.

To have a county judge perform the ceremony, contact District Court at: 360-337-7033 for more information.

Marriage License Forms

Marriage Application
Affidavit of Correction of Marriage Certificate
Affidavit of Lost Marriage Certificate
Marriage Consent Form (for applicants 17 years of age)

Marriages are Public Record
All marriage records are a matter of public record. The one exception to this is for those enrolled in the State's Address Confidentiality program. Once a license has been recorded, it cannot be "unrecorded."
 
Copies of Marriage Licenses

Requests may be made in person or by mail.

To request in person, please come to the Kitsap County Auditor Recording Department located at 619 Division St.  Department hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday.

To request by mail, please click here for a request form with mailing information.

Certified copies: $3 each,  Photocopies: $1 each

 

 

Kitsap County Auditor's Office: 360-337-4935
Email: auditor@co.kitsap.wa.us

Last Updated:  December 17, 2014


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