Couples may apply for a marriage license online, 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. There is a mandatory 3-day waiting period. All applications must be made at least 3 days prior to the marriage. Marriage license is valid for 60 days when performed in the State of Washington. No appointment to apply is necessary.
State law dictates who can perform a marriage ceremony: typically it is an active or retired Supreme Court justice, judge, or an ordained minister. There is a complete list of who may solemnize from the Revised Code of Washington 26.04.050.
Ministers from any state may perform marriage ceremonies, but the ceremony must be performed in the State of Washington. Neither of the applicants may perform the ceremony. To have a Kitsap County Judge perform the ceremony, contact the
Kitsap County District Court at (360) 337-7033 for more information.
All marriage records are a matter of public record. The one exception to this is for those enrolled in Washington State's
Address Confidentiality program. Once a license has been recorded, it cannot be "unrecorded." If you happen to need copies of your marriage licenses you may visit us in person or mail your copy request form to the
Kitsap County Auditor's Office.