Requirements for the Minister
- Min. Age of Minister:
- Age 18
- Not Required
- Document(s) Required:
- Varies by County
- Online Ordination Recognized:
- Relevant Office of Registration:
- County Clerk
- Latest Document(s) Submission Date Allowed:
- After the Ceremony
- Minister I.D. # Issued:
The state of Idaho will recognize marriages solemnized by the following persons: all justices of the supreme court, court of appeals or district court, either current or retired; all current mayors and lieutenant governors; current and former governors; current federal or tribal judges; all approved tribal officials and all priests or ministers of the gospel of any denomination, provided they are at least 18 years old.
This includes ministers ordained online by the Universal Life Church, which the state shall recognize as a sanctioned ‘religious actor’ regardless of that person’s gender or personal beliefs. Certain counties may require ordination credentials or letters of good standing upon the return of the marriage license.
32-401. Marriage license — Contents. The county recorder of any county in this state shall have authority to issue marriage licenses to any parties applying for the same who may be entitled under the laws of this state to contract matrimony, authorizing the marriage of such parties, which licenses shall be substantially in the following form:
Know all men by this certificate that any regularly ordained minister of the gospel, authorized by the rites and usages of the church or denomination or religious body of which he may be a member, or any judge or competent officer to whom this may come, he not knowing of any lawful impediment thereto, is hereby authorized and empowered to solemnize the rites of matrimony between…., of…. of the county of…., and the state of…., and…., of…. of the county of…., state of…., and to certify the same to said parties, or either of them, under his hand and seal, in his ministerial or official capacity, and thereupon he is required to return his certificate in form following as hereto annexed.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said county, at…., this…. day of….,…..
Idaho Code Ann. § 32-303. BY WHOM SOLEMNIZED. Marriage may be solemnized by any of the following Idaho officials: a current or retired justice of the supreme court, a current or retired court of appeals judge, a current or retired district judge, the current or a former governor, the current lieutenant governor, a current or retired magistrate of the district court, a current mayor or by any of the following: a current federal judge, a current tribal judge of an Idaho Indian tribe or other tribal official approved by an official act of an Idaho Indian tribe or priest or minister of the gospel of any denomination. To be a retired justice of the supreme court, court of appeals judge, district judge or magistrate judge of the district court, for the purpose of solemnizing marriages, a person shall have served in one (1) of those offices and shall be receiving a retirement benefit from either the judges retirement system or the public employee retirement system for service in the Idaho judiciary.
Wedding Ceremony Requirements
- Marriage By Proxy Allowed:
- Minister Required to be Present:
- Number of Witnesses Required:
- Min. Age of Witnesses:
- Couple's Consent Required:
- Pronouncement Required:
Idaho does not require any particular form for a marriage ceremony, leaving it to couples and ministers to plan these according to their own traditions and beliefs.
However, every last state in the US does require that each person in the couple solemnly and formally declare to take the other as their spouse. In Idaho, that declaration must be made in the presence of the person solemnizing the marriage, as no other witnesses are technically required to attend the ceremony.
32-304. Form of ceremony. No particular form for the ceremony of marriage is required, but the parties must declare, in the presence of the person solemnizing the marriage that they take each other as husband and wife.
Marriage License Requirements
- Who Picks Up License:
- The Couple
- Where License is Valid:
- Any County in Idaho
- Marriage License Pick-Up:
- In Person Only
- Cost of License:
- Varies by County
- Accepted I.D. Types:
- Standard Government Issued ID
- Proof of Divorce Required (If Applicable):
- Blood Test Required:
All couples looking to get hitched in Idaho will first need to procure a marriage license, in person, from the office of a county recorder. They’ll be asked to submit a written application that will include both persons’ social security numbers. Any person who hasn’t been assigned one will need an affidavit attesting to why that is, and will instead be asked to submit a birth certificate, passport, or whatever other proof the recorder may deem necessary to prove their legal standing as residents of the country. The recorder also reserves the right to demand proof of prior divorce, or request written affidavits from other competent witnesses if any information provided is deemed inadequate.
The fee for a marriage license will hover around $30 in most counties, though some may charge as much as $20 extra for applications filed on Saturdays.
Idaho Code Ann. § 32-403. APPLICATION FOR AND ISSUANCE OF LICENSE. (1) Every county recorder who shall have personal knowledge of the competency of the parties for whose marriage a license is applied for, shall issue such license upon payment or tender to him of his legal fee therefor; and if such recorder does not know of his own knowledge that the parties are competent under the laws of the state to contract matrimony, he shall take the affidavit in writing of the person or persons applying for such license, and of other persons as he may see proper, and of any persons whose testimony may be offered; and if it appears from the affidavit so taken that the parties for whose marriage the license in question is demanded are legally competent to marry, the recorder shall issue such license, and the affidavits so taken shall be his warrant against any fine or forfeiture for issuing such license. Provided, however, that in the event either of the parties for whose marriage the license in question is applied for is under the age of eighteen (18) years, the recorder shall not issue such license except upon compliance with the consent and proof of age requirements set forth in section 32-202, Idaho Code.
(2) Every application for a marriage license shall include the social security numbers of the parties applying for the license.
(a) The requirement that an applicant provide a social security number shall apply only to applicants who have been assigned a social security number.
(b) An applicant who has not been assigned a social security number shall:
(i) Present written verification from the social security administration that the applicant has not been assigned a social security number; and
(ii) Submit a birth certificate, passport or other documentary evidence issued by an entity other than a state or the United States; and
(iii) Submit such proof as the department may require that the applicant is lawfully present in the United States.
Marriage License Facts
- ULC-Officiated Ceremony Type:
- Mandatory Waiting Period:
- License Valid For:
- Does Not Expire
- License Must Be Submitted:
- Within 30 Days of Ceremony
The marriage license and attached certificate issued to prospective newlyweds will be valid throughout the state of Idaho. Although it technically doesn’t expire, couples who fail to use their marriage license within the first year will be required to contact the Idaho Bureau of Vital Health and Statistics before holding a ceremony.
Whoever solemnizes the marriage must return the completed marriage certificate, along with the original license, to the same office of the recorder where it was issued, within 30 days of the ceremony, or risk a misdemeanor and up to a $50 fine.
Idaho Code Ann. § 32-402. Certificate and return. The form of certificate annexed to said license, and therein referred to, shall be as follows:
I,…., a…., residing at…., in the county of…., in the state of Idaho, do certify that, in accordance with the authority on me conferred by the above license, I did on this…. day of…., in the year…., at…., in the county of…., in the state of Idaho, solemnize the rights of matrimony between…., of…., in the county of…., of the state of…., and…., of…., of the county of…., of the state of…., in the presence of…. and…..
Witness my hand and seal at the county aforesaid, this…. day of….,…..
In the presence of….. .... [Seal]
The license and certificate, duly executed by the minister or officer who shall have solemnized the marriage authorized, shall be returned by him to the office of the recorder who issued the same, within thirty (30) days from the date of solemnizing the marriage therein authorized; and a neglect to make such return shall be deemed a misdemeanor, and the person whose duty it shall be to make such return, who shall neglect to make such return within the time above specified, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than twenty dollars ($20.00) nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00) to be assessed by any court having jurisdiction.
Requirements for the Couple
- Min. Age of Couple:
- Age 18 or Age 16 with Guardian Consent
- Not Required
- Min. Distance of Kin Allowed:
- Second Cousins
- Marriage Equality:
Only adults 18 years or older are legally allowed to marry in the state of Idaho. All minors 16 and older will therefore need the written consent of a parent or legal guardian, while all minors under 16 will also require court approval (and implied in that a physician’s determination that the minor is both physically and mentally developed enough to assume marital duties) along with the aforementioned guardian’s consent.
Idaho forbids all marriages between parents and children, siblings, ancestors and descendants of every degree, aunts/uncles and nieces/nephews, and first cousins.
Same sex couples have been granted the federal right to marry in the state.
Idaho Code Ann. § 32-302. PERSONS WHO MAY MARRY.
Any unmarried male of the age of eighteen (18) years or older, and any unmarried female of the age of eighteen (18) years or older, and not otherwise disqualified, are capable of consenting to and consummating marriage. Provided that if the male party to the contract is under the age of eighteen (18) and not less than sixteen (16) years of age, or if the female party to the contract is under the age of eighteen (18) and not less than sixteen (16) years of age, the license shall not be issued except upon the consent in writing duly acknowledged and sworn to by the father, mother or guardian of any such person if there be either, and provided further, that no such license may be issued, if the male be under eighteen (18) years of age and the female under eighteen (18) years of age, unless each party to the contract submits to the county recorder his or her original birth certificate, or certified copy thereof or other proof of age acceptable to the county recorder. Provided further, that where the female is under the age of sixteen (16), or the male is under the age of sixteen (16), the license shall not issue except upon the consent in writing duly acknowledged or sworn to by the father, mother or guardian of such person if there be any such, and upon order of the court. Such order shall be secured upon petition of any interested party which petition shall show that the female minor under the age of sixteen (16), or the male minor under the age of sixteen (16), is physically and/or mentally so far developed as to assume full marital and parental duties, and/or that it is to the best interest of society that the marriage be permitted. A hearing shall be had on such petition forthwith or at such time and upon such notice as the court may designate. The judge shall secure from a physician his opinion as an expert as to whether said person is sufficiently developed mentally and physically to assume full marital duties. If said court is satisfied from the evidence that such person is capable of assuming full marital duties and/or that it is to the best interest of society, said court shall make an order to that effect, and a certified copy of said order shall be filed with the county recorder preliminary to the issuance of a marriage license for the marriage of such person and said order of the court shall be the authority for the county recorder to issue such license.
Idaho Code Ann. § 32-205. INCESTUOUS MARRIAGES. Marriages between parents and children, ancestors and descendants of every degree, and between brothers and sisters of the half (1/2) as well as the whole blood, and between uncles and nieces, or aunts and nephews, are incestuous, and void from the beginning, whether the relationship is legitimate or illegitimate.
- Officiant's Title on Marriage License:
- Church/Ordaining Body:
- Universal Life Church Ministries
- Address of Church:
- Minister's Home Address
It is up to the person tasked with carrying out the wedding ceremony to fill out the certificate attached to the original marriage license, stating their own name and personal address, the date and location of the ceremony, and the names of the two persons that were joined in matrimony, before signing the document.
The minister must then return the completed documents to the same office of the recorder who issued them within 30 days of the ceremony. Failure to do so may result in a misdemeanor and a fine between $20 and $50, as determined by the court.