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Getting Married Online Legally

Many people have wondered and questioned; can you legally get married online? The answer is YES. Simple as that. 

Now, no matter what your residency is or where you are located at in this world, you can get legally married online just as if you were married in a church or a courthouse. 

LoveLife currently performs wedding through the state of Utah. According to the state of Utah, any couple who desires to be married in accordance with Utah law may apply for, and be issued, a valid marriage license. Furthermore, according to the Federal Law, you can get married even if you are not physically present at the time of marriage. Meaning yes, you can get married online legally, whether together or not, and it will be recognized in all 50 states and be considered a foreign marriage in countries outside the US when having it recognized. 

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Getting Legally Married Online

There has been a big transformation in the laws of getting married online.  The legality of online marriage is the same as any traditional, in-person marriage. With LoveLife, after you decide to get married, you will book a wedding ceremony, obtain your marriage license online from Utah County, where online marriage is legal, then get married online by a certified wedding officiant and register your marriage certificate with your local court. That’s it, after that you’re officially married!

When you are married online with LoveLife from Utah, that marriage is recognized throughout the United States, and can be recognized in almost any country of the world by following the local laws and procedures of recognizing a foreign marriage. 

A marriage is recognized in every state as long as the couple meets all the legal requirements. When getting married, it is the state where the couple ties the knot that determines these legalities, not the state of their residence. This means that no matter what your state says about online marriage, they can't deny your legal marriage when you have followed the local laws of Utah that allows online weddings to be legal.

According to the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution, any state will recognize any kind of marriage from any jurisdiction as long as the marriage was entered into under the laws of that jurisdiction, meaning they do not violate federal or state laws. Simply put, a marriage between two spouses performed in one state MUST be recognized by every other state.

A marriage is considered legal in the US if the following steps are met.

You need to:

  • Legally apply for and be issued a marriage license.
  • Go through a valid wedding ceremony according to state and county laws.
  • Register the marriage in YOUR respective state by the county or town clerk.
  • Both state and federal laws consider a couple legally married when they hold a marriage certificate that has gone through all those steps and is duly recorded by the state.
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How does a marriage license work?

A marriage license is a legal document that allows the couple to legally get married under the federal government. Couples must get one for the state, or country, to recognize them as legally married, which may be required for banking, tax, or insurance purposes. Without a marriage license, you cannot legally marry, and your union will not be recognized by the government. Furthermore, a valid, signed marriage license is required to receive a marriage certificate. Having an online wedding, the couple will sign the marriage license digitally rather than physically.

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How to get your marriage license.

Obtain your marriage license online through the Utah County marriage license office portal. Once you’ve completed the process, you’ll receive your marriage license via email. This process usually takes about an hour or less. The Utah County marriage license fee is $70, with an additional $75 for shipping if being shipped outside the US. 

You will need the following to apply for a marriage license:

  • Both parties must be at least 18 years old, according to Utah law. Although 16-year-olds are allowed to marry, if you are 16 or 17, you need signed consent from a parent or guardian, which must be given in-person to the county clerk before a marriage license will be issued. This negates a lot of couples who are under 18 to marry online.
  • A valid government issued picture ID such as a passport, driver license, military ID, or state ID card.
  • Full names, birthdates, current address, and places of birth of both applicants (state and country).
  • Names and birth places of the parents of both applicants, including mother's maiden name.
  • Social security numbers of both applicants, unless an applicant doesn't have a social security number.
  • If either marriage applicant was divorced within the past 60 days, a legal copy of a divorce decree must be submitted to the county clerk. There is no waiting period after divorce to be remarried in the state of Utah.

Once you receive your marriage license from the Utah County, U.S.A. Marriage License division, forward the email you receive, along with the names of your witnesses (if you have them), and your valid form of ID for each person getting married, to [email protected].

There's no waiting period to get married in the state of Utah. You can get married as soon as you get your license, the only requirement is that you must have your marriage ceremony and your license signed and returned within 32 days of obtaining it. After this timeframe, your marriage license expires. After the wedding ceremony with LoveLife, the officiant immediately submits the marriage license to the courts, and the couple receives a digital copy of the marriage certificate within minutes.  The physical copy will be mailed to the couple within 3 business days.

Yes, Yes, Yes!

Getting legally married online is a viable option for almost all couples around the world. No matter your residency, location, sexual preference, or religion, you can legally get married online. The process to make it happen is rather simple and convenient, plus affordable. Contact LoveLife for more questions or information to make this happen for you and your loved one.