Read this page to learn how to get a Marriage License.
When you apply for a new U.S. passport, you must show proof of your legal marriage license or certificate (if you need to legally change your name on your passport after marriage or divorce).
If you need to change your name on your U.S. passport but have no changes to your marital status, you must first present a name change court decree. Then, you’ll be eligible to receive a new passport.
So, before you can travel outside of the United States after legally changing your name, you must submit the new information and all related documents along with a new application. Depending on several different factors, such as how long ago the U.S. Department of State issued your current passport, you will need to submit 1 of 3 different application forms:
- From DS-5504 (Issued LESS THAN 1 year ago)
- Form DS-82 (Issued MORE THAN 1 year ago)
- Form DS-11 (No document to prove legal name change)
- U.S. Passport Application (Form DS-11)
Where to Get a New Marriage License or Certificate?
If you do not have an original copy of your marriage license or certificate, you can request a certified document. It will come from the Department of Vital Records. VitalChek is a government-authorized online service for requesting a marriage license from a fast, secure and easy-to-use website.
Also, if you need to submit a marriage license to obtain a new passport OR legally change your name after getting married or divorced, VitalChek is your #1 online resource to help expedite the process.
Simply fill out the easy online form, submit your payment and receive your documents in the mail with secure delivery. Then, once you have your certified documents, you can submit them along with your application.
NOTE: Upon verification of your name change information, you will receive your original document back.