A Marriage License may be issued to couples if one party is a resident of Vanderburgh County, and plans to be married in the state of Indiana. If neither bride nor groom is an Indiana resident, we can only issue a license if the couple will be married in Vanderburgh County.

Who May Apply: 
A Marriage License may only be issued to couples that consist of one man and one woman. 
    IC 31-11-1-1 states: Only a female may marry a male. Only a male may marry a female. A marriage between persons of the same gender is void in Indiana even if the marriage is lawful in the place where it is solemnized. 
Applicants at least 18 years of age may marry without special consent. 
    According to IC 31-11-2, persons who are 17 years of age must apply for the license with parent(s) or the person with legal custody who will sign the consent portion. Individuals 16 years of age or younger must petition the court as directed in IC 31-11-1-6.

To Apply for a Marriage License:
    1. Begin the application online either at home or in our office by visiting:


        You will need to know basic biographical information for both applicants, as well as the following when applying online: 

    • Date and reason previous marriage ended
    • Highest level of education completed 
    • Names and birth dates of dependent children under 21 years of age 
    • Parental information (if known) including name, mother’s maiden name, state of birth, and current residence

    2. To finish the marriage application and to receive your license to get married, you must visit our office located in the Courts Building of the Civic Center Complex, 825 Sycamore, Room 216, in Evansville, Indiana.

  • Both applicants must apply together, in person between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Bring with you one of the following:
    • A valid, state-issued ID or Driver’s License with current address 
    • An certified Birth Certificate 
    • Valid Passport 
    • Military ID
  • You will leave our office with two forms: a keepsake copy and the official license. Take both forms to your ceremony to be signed by you, your witnesses, and the Officiate at your wedding within 60 days.
    If you do not get married within 60 days, your license will be void and you will need to reapply.

            $18.00 If at least one applicant is a resident of Vanderburgh County. 
            $60.00 If both applicants are out of state residents and wish to be married in Vanderburgh County. 

Our office accepts cash, cashier’s checks, money orders (no personal checks) and credit cards.
Please be advised that credit cards will be charged a $1.50 convenience fee. 


Who May Perform a Marriage: 
According to IC 31-11-6-1, marriages may be solemnized by any of the following:

  • A member of the clergy of a religious organization (even if the cleric does not perform religious functions for an individual congregation), such as a minister of the gospel, a priest, a bishop, an archbishop, or a rabbi.
  • A Judge, Mayor - within the Mayor's county, a Clerk or a Clerk-Treasurer of a city or town - within a county in which the city or town is located, or a Clerk of the Circuit Court.

After the Ceremony: 
The signed license must be received by our office to be recorded, either by mail or hand delivery. 
    Once we receive the signed license, the certified copies (legal proof of marriage) will be available and may be picked up in our office for $2.00 each. 
    You may call our office at (812) 435-5161 Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to verify we have received and recorded your marriage. When you call, you may request certified copies to be prepared for pickup at your convenience.

Courthouse Ceremonies: 
Ceremonies may be performed in the Clerk’s Office, room 216 of the Courthouse by appointment. 
    If you wish to be married in our office, please call (812) 435-5161 and plan to arrive 15-30 minutes prior to the appointment to complete the application. Please advise our office of the number of people expected to attend the ceremony. Donations are accepted, but not expected.

If you have any additional questions, please call 
(812) 435-5161

Further marriage preparation assistance and counseling is available through Community Marriage Builders (CMB), a local, non-profit organization. CMB provides marriage counseling and referrals, pre-marital inventories, marriage preparation and enrichment classes, marriage mentoring and other resources. For more information, contact CMB directly at (812) 477-2260 or by visiting their website at www.makeitlast.org.

Last updated: 8/22/2014 3:26:22 PM