What Are the Legal Requirements for Performing a Wedding in Maryland?

If you’d like to legally complete a marriage license in Maryland, you must be recognized by the state. Atlantic Marital Ministry founder, Sean Rox, has officiated over 1,600 MD weddings since 2006. The AMM is registered and incorporated within the state of MD. The AMM is a federally recognized 501© religious entity with the legal requirements and full authorization to validate marriages within the state.

The state of Maryland accepts valid Affidavits of Ministry from religious organizations licensed within the state.

Out-of-state online ordinations are usually not valid.

If you’d like the power to legally file a MD Wedding license, please consider learning more about the legal requirements for marriage in Maryland and being Ordained by the AMM.

If a couple is getting married in Maryland, they’ll need to obtain a state issued license.
That marriage license will be issued by the county where the wedding is taking place.
The exact rules may vary a bit by county, but are usually pretty similar.
The license will be issued by the County Clerk’s Office.

Here in Ocean City, we go through the the Worcester County Clerk in Snow Hill, MD.

They are usually open from 8:30 AM – 4 PM.
The office is closed on weekends and holidays.

Either the bride, groom or both need to be present.

They’ll bring a valid driver’s license or birth certificate, social security # and $35 cash. If it’s not their first marriage, bring a decree of divorce or death certificate.

License may be used as soon as 2 days after approval and is valid for 6 months. They may apply through the mail with a validated non-resident affidavit form accompanied by a certified check or money order.

To learn more about the legal requirements for marriage in Maryland, contact us today by calling 410-289-7699.