Chelan County Auditor

Marriage Licenses

It is not necessary to purchase your marriage license from the same county in which you will be married. A marriage license purchased in any Washington county will be valid for ceremonies performed anywhere within Washington State.

Apply for Marriage License
Order Copies of a Marriage Record
View Marriage License Topics


Apply for Marriage License

Step #1 View Requirements for Obtaining your Marriage License .

Fee, waiting period, office hours, identification, and other requirements.

Step #2 Pre-Application

Submit your application data online, then proceed to Step #3 to purchase your marriage license.

An absentee application procedure is available for those unable to purchase their license in person

Step #3 Visit our office to purchase your license

Both applicants visit our office and take their place in line. Upon your arrival, we will retrieve your data, gather your signatures, collect the fee, and create your marriage license packet.

Waiting period: Your 3-day waiting period begins once we process your signed application and collect the application fee. A marriage license purchased on a Friday, for example, won’t be valid for use until the following Monday (3 calendar days later). Note that you will leave with all the paperwork you need, as it will be postdated to allow for the waiting period.

Additional Marriage License Topics: Officiant duties and requirements, name change tips, marriage statutes, and more


Obtain a Copy of a Marriage Record 

A certified copy of the recorded marriage certificate provides you with proof of marriage. They are available from the county that sold your marriage license, and cost $3.00 each.

There are a number of methods for requesting a certified copy:

  • Visit this Office (if license was purchased from Chelan County): Copy will be produced at the time of transaction. Payable by cash, check, or credit card (processing fee added for credit card)
  • Mail Request (if license was purchased from Chelan County): Payable by check only. Your order will be mailed to you within two working days of mail receipt.
  • Internet Order via Digital Archives: Although we do not have a way to accept an order via the county website, you are able to order a certified copy online through the WA State Digital Archives. Your certified copy will arrive in the mail.
  • Phone Order: Not available through our office. The WA State Department of Health can accept phone orders at 360-236-4313. Statewide marriage records dated 1968 and later, all counties.

Posted: 12/15/2014 04:13 PM
Last Updated: 04/12/2024 03:58 PM

Chelan County Calendar

Upcoming events and schedules at the county!

  • 15
    May 2024
    07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Assessor's Office Community Meeting: Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee

    Posted by: Chelan County Assessor

    Chelan County Assessor Wes Cornelius invites property owners and all interested parties to attend one of four community meetings scheduled this spring throughout the county.

    Chelan County Fire District 3 station
  • 13
    May 2024
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Final day to withdraw from the ballot

    Posted by: Chelan County Elections

    Final day to withdraw from the ballot

  • 10
    May 2024
    05:00 PM - 05:30 PM

    Lot Drawing for Candidates

    Posted by: Chelan County Elections

    Lot drawing for candidates placement on the ballot.

    Chelan County Elections Office
  • 08
    May 2024
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Chelan County Civil Service Commission

    Posted by: Human Resources

    The Chelan County Civil Service Commission will be meeting on May 8, 2024.

    Chelan County Commissioners Office, ES Conference Room.
  • 06
    May 2024
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Elections: Candidate Filing Week

    Posted by: Chelan County Elections

    Candidate filing week.