Utah is home to some of my absolute favorite elopement spots. And if you’ve found your way to this blog post, I’m guessing that Utah is already high on your elopement wishlist. You probably don’t need me to sell you on all the things that make Utah awesome. (If you are looking for some inspo, you’ll definitely want to check out these Top Reasons and Best Places to Elope in Utah!)
Aside from some of the most gorgeous dang scenery you’ll find anywhere, one of the best things about Utah is that it’s relatively easy to elope there. Even so, you may have some questions about how to navigate the whole thing. That’s why I put together this guide to share all the details in one place so you can use it for your planning. And of course, I’m always here to help if you have any questions along the way!
How Do I Get A Utah Marriage License?
First things first. You’ll need a state-issued license to officially get married in Utah. While most couples will choose to go this route, I’ll just note here that a commitment ceremony is a great option if having your marriage officially recognized by the government is not a priority for you.
The good news is that if you do want to make it official, the process in Utah is pretty simple. There is no waiting period (meaning that you can apply and get married that same day if you want!) and the entire application and submission process can be completed online. This is great for couples that may need to travel since it takes out the extra step of having to visit a county clerk’s office.
Utah Marriage License Application Process
The process for applying for and obtaining a marriage license in Utah is pretty easy. You can either apply completely online (more on this below) or in person at any county clerk’s office. You’ll need to present the following docs and info:
- Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or state ID card will work)
- Social Security Number
- Personal Info, including your name, address, dates and places of birth, and the names and birthplaces of both your parents (including maiden names)
- Application fee (varies by county for in person, see online fees below)
Once you have your license in hand, you’re ready to go ahead and get married! Unlike some other states, Utah has no waiting period from the time you get your marriage license to the wedding day. You have 32 days to get married and return the paperwork back to the county office.
After your ceremony, your marriage license will need to have the following signatures to make it official:
- An officiant authorized to solemnize weddings in the state of Utah. Often this is a minister, rabbi, priest, county clerk, Native American spiritual adviser, or judge. See the list of approved officiants here.
- 2 witnesses over the age of 18
Once you’ve said your vows and received all necessary signatures, you’re officially married. Cheers to that!
How Does the Utah Online Marriage License Process Work?
As of 2020, you are now able to apply for and file your marriage license completely online via the Utah County Clerk’s office. Any license issued from this office is valid throughout the state of Utah, and is valid immediately for up to 32 days from when it was issued.
The online form is very straightforward with just a few questions you’ll each need to answer. You’ll have to provide ID verification photos and each of the required documents listed above.
The following application fees will also need to be paid via credit or debit card:
- $70 for US applicants
- $145 for International applicants
Note: A $20 discount is available for couples who complete pre-marital counseling.
Do I Need an Officiant and/or Witnesses?
Yes. Utah requires that you have both a state certified officiant and 2 witnesses over the age of 18 to sign your marriage license.
Do the Witnesses and Officiant Need to be Physically Present?
No! Utah allows an officiant and witnesses to appear virtually at your ceremony. As long as you are physically present in Utah, your officiant and witnesses can participate via video call from anywhere. In fact, the couple doesn’t even have to be in the same location (although I recommend it, you know, for the photos 😉 ).
If you are planning to elope in a remote location where in-person or virtual witnesses would be difficult, you could always have a brief second ceremony to make it official either before or after you say your private vows.
Wait, if My Officiant and/or Witnesses Are Virtual, How Will They Sign the Marriage License?
All signatures are completed digitally for online applications.
Do I Need to Live in Utah?
No. Couples from any state can get married in Utah. Utah has long been a wedding destination for couples from all over the country (and the world)!
Will My Utah Marriage Be Recognized By My State?
Legal marriages in one state are generally recognized in all 50 states of the US. The only possible exception would be a marriage that violates the laws of your state (for example, states have different minimum age requirements). Please check your own state’s marriage laws if you think this may be a concern.
What If I’m Widowed or Divorced?
You can get married in Utah if you have been widowed or divorced. If your divorce was granted less than 60 days before your marriage license application, then you will need to provide a certified copy of the divorce decree.
Why Should I Get Married in Utah?
There are SO many reasons to get married in Utah. From the stunning rock formations surrounding Moab to the Great Salt Flats, there are endless opportunities for outdoor adventure throughout the state. Whatever activity you’re into, you’ll find it here. It’s truly one of the most unique and beautiful places on Earth, and in my opinion you really can’t go wrong in choosing to elope here. Want to learn more? Check out these Top Reasons to Elope in Utah.
Where Should I Get Married In Utah?
Utah has so many incredible locations, so it can be hard to narrow down the right place for your elopement. That’s why all of my Utah elopement packages come with unlimited free consultations and research to help you plan your perfect day.
The first step is to think about what season and activities you want to do. Are you dreaming of a sunrise hike at Canyonlands? A helicopter ride high above Zion? Or boating on Lake Powell? These best places to elope in Utah will help you get started on your adventure!
Meet the Best Utah Photographer for You
Hi there! I’m Adam, and I love helping couples like you plan their perfect elopement. Whatever type of day you’re dreaming of, I’m here for it and will help you every step of the way.
If you’re ready to start planning or just have some questions to decide if a Utah elopement is right for you, I’d love to hear from you.