Did you know that you can get married virtually in Utah?
Thanks to COVID-era changes, remote weddings in Utah are completely legal, and thousands of couples located around the world have taken advantage of this, getting married online without setting foot in Utah – or even the United States.
Here’s how you can get legally married online with Utah County’s remote wedding service.
Utah Online Marriage Explodes
Utah County had no idea they were going to become a popular international wedding “destination” when they changed their marriage laws in 2020.
In an effort to streamline the marriage licensing process and bring it into the digital era, they updated their marriage laws to allow couples to complete the marriage process from end to end completely online. That means everything from filling out the marriage license to the ceremony itself can be done over the internet.
Other states and counties allow couples to get married online, but couples must be residents of the state or county to do so. Utah County took things one step further: They allow couples not only from other states but even other countries to marry virtually, only the officiant has to be located in Utah.
With international quarantine restrictions, the service quickly exploded in popularity. “We have become an international marriage venue completely by accident,” explains Burt Harvey, overseer of marriage licenses at the county clerk’s office. “But we’re leaning into it.”
Since 2020, they’ve performed thousands of legal marriages for couples around the globe. And they’ve made it as easy as possible for couples to acquire their Utah wedding license and get married.
How to Get Married Online in Utah
The first step to getting married virtually in Utah County is to acquire the marriage license. This can be done on their website.
There is no residency or citizenship requirement, but both parties will be required to submit basic information like their name, address, and place of birth. The couple do not need to be in the same location when filling out the form, but they will need to submit some form of government issued I.D. like a passport or driver’s license (international IDs can be verified by Utah County).
Once both parties have submitted their application, they can pay the application fee with a debit or credit card. Keep in mind that marriage licenses are only valid for 32 days after purchase, so make sure you do not apply too early!
On the wedding day, the couple and the officiant can connect via video conference software like Zoom. Although the couple can be located anywhere in the world, the officiant must be located in Utah during the ceremony, and Utah will serve as the ‘host location’ on the license.
If you don’t know any ordained ministers in Utah, consider using our Find a Minister tool.
Utah Online Marriage Requirements
Utah law also requires two witnesses, so be sure to have two witnesses join in-person or remotely.
During the ceremony, the officiant must say the declaration of intent (the “do you, I do” exchange) and pronounce the couple married, but all other specifics, including any religious rites, can be sorted out between the couple and officiant.
After the ceremony, the couple, officiant, and witnesses will digitally sign the marriage license, and once submitted, the couple will be officially and legally married! Utah County will virtually file a copy, and mail a copy of the certificate to the address provided by the couple.
And that’s it! With this tool, Utah County created an incredible resource for couples in different countries and from all walks of life to get legally married.
To learn more about the Utah online wedding officiant's responsibilities when officiating a ceremony, please visit our Utah wedding guide.