What’s the difference between a Marriage License and a Marriage Certificate?

A marriage license is obtained from your county/local courthouse and shows that you are legally eligible to marry. It must be signed by the person who marries you as well as by a specified number of witnesses. The person who marries you typically files it with your county after your wedding/marriage.

A marriage certificate is a record proving you were married at a specific time and location. The person who conducts the marriage signs the document verifying that she married you in accordance with local law, with a witness, and a marriage license. You sign the marriage certificate after you are married and your officiant mails it to you afterward. It usually arrives 2-4 weeks after your marriage.