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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Applying for a Marriage License in Spokane County During COVID-19

SPOKANE COUNTY, June 22, 2020 –– Despite the ban on large gatherings, due to the Governor’s Safe Start Plan, couples in Spokane County are still getting married this summer.  Before the ceremony, it is important for couples to know that they need to obtain a marriage license from their County Auditor. In Spokane County, couples can conveniently obtain their license by mail or by appointment. 

If the ceremony is less than two weeks away, couples are encouraged to call the Auditor’s Office for an appointment to drop off paperwork in person.  If the ceremony is more than two weeks away, the couple should apply through the mail.  

It is important to consider that Washington State requires a three day waiting period from the time the Auditor issues the license until the wedding ceremony can occur. For instance, if the ceremony is scheduled to be on a Saturday, the couple must obtain the license from the Auditor no later than Wednesday. There are no exceptions to this law. 

Whether by mail or by appointment, couples should go to the county website at  https://www.spokanecounty.org/323/Marriage-Information to download and complete the marriage application form.  Each applicant will fill in the front and back pages of the form.  The form can be printed either double or single sided. Both pages must be completed and submitted. 

If the application is mailed, the couple needs to sign their forms in front of a notary and mail the forms to the County Auditor with a payment of $62. 

If the couple needs to make an appointment, they should call the Auditor’s Office at 509-477-2271.  They need to bring the completed but unsigned application forms to the appointment along with payment in cash or check of $62.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, couples are being asked to wear masks and to not bring any additional persons or children with them. Couples should not show up at the courthouse without appointment.   

For media questions, please contact Auditor Vicky Dalton at (509) 477-2262 or (509) 688 -5114 or by email at vdalton@spokanecounty.org.

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