St. James Marriage License Office

Find St. James Minnesota marriage license offices. Marriage license offices provide information on marriage certifications, wedding licenses, certificates, applications, fees, and requirements.

Watonwan County Marriage License Watonwan County Recorder, 715 Third Avenue South St. James MN 56520 507-375-1216

About St. James Marriage License Offices

The St. James Marriage License Office is a government agency responsible for processing marriage license applications, issuing marriage licenses, and recording marriage certificates in St. James, MN. Marriage License Offices may include St. James Clerk's Office, St. James Town & City Halls and Watonwan County Courts.

You may contact the Marriage License Office for questions about:
  • Finding St. James marriage records online
  • Applying for a marriage license
  • St. James marriage license fees
  • Getting copies of marriage licenses and certificates
St. James Marriage Records

Marriage License Offices in St. James provide marriage records upon public request. Marriage records that are part of the St. James marriage index and other public records are useful for a variety of reasons including name changes, applying for Social Security benefits, applying for insurance, verifying property and estate rights, and establishing paternity. St. James marriage records are also useful to genealogists and family researchers navigating family history.

St. James Marriage License Applications

A marriage license authorizes a couple to get married in Minnesota. When a couple submits an application for a marriage license, the St. James Marriage License Bureau will verify the couple's identification and determine whether they meet the minimum age requirements or have parental or guardian consent for the marriage.

Marriage License Requirements

To apply for the marriage license in St. James, the couple will need to provide the planned date and location of the wedding, the name of the person performing the ceremony, the names and maiden names of the couple's parents, photo identification and possibly birth certificates, and payment for the license. The application for a marriage license is usually submitted to the Marriage License Office in the county or municipality where the wedding will take place, though some states allow for the wedding to occur in a different jurisdiction.

St. James Marriage Certificates

Minnesota statutes determine who is eligible to perform marriage ceremonies. Following the wedding, the officiant and the couple sign a St. James marriage certificate. The officiant is responsible for submitting the marriage certificate to the St. James Marriage License Office within a set period of time, typically a few days. The Marriage License Office records the certificate and sends a certified copy of the marriage certificate to the couple, usually within a few weeks. Minnesota State and Federal agencies generally require a marriage certificate in order to recognize a marriage as legally valid.