For any person to lawfully marry in the State of Hawaii, a license for that purpose must be obtained from an authorized agent (Section 572-1.7, Hawaii Revised Statutes). Once the license has been issued, there is no waiting period before the marriage can take place.
A marriage license and marriage certificate are different documents. The marriage license permits a marriage to take place. The marriage certificate indicates that a legal marriage has been performed.
How to Apply for a Marriage License
To apply for a marriage license online, visit https://marriage.ehawaii.gov
The marriage license application form is available in PDF format here. The completed application form must be filed in person with the marriage license agent. Mailed, emailed, or faxed marriage licensed application forms will not be accepted.
- The prospective applicants must appear together in person before a marriage license agent to apply for a marriage license. Proxies are not allowed.
- To view a list of marriage license agents who have agreed to have their information posted, visit this page.
- The prospective applicants should be prepared to provide the necessary proof of age and present any required written consents and approvals. All of the necessary documents should be obtained prior to applying for a marriage license. See page 2 of the marriage license application form for a list of acceptable documents.
- The prospective applicants must prepare an official application and file the application in person with the marriage license agent. The application may be completed online or printed form. The application will not be accepted if sent by either postal mail or e-mail.
- Upon approval, a marriage license is issued at the time the application is made.
- The marriage license is good only in, but is valid throughout, the State of Hawaii.
- The marriage license expires 30 days from and including the date of issuance, after which it automatically becomes null and void.
The marriage license fee is $60.00 (plus $5.00 administrative cost). The fee may be paid online or in-person at the time the application is submitted to a marriage license agent
- There are no state residence or U.S. citizenship requirements.
- Blood tests are not required.
- The legal age to marry is 18 years for both applicants.
- Applicants of 16 or 17 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents, legal guardian, or the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.
- Applicants of 15 years of age who wish to marry require the written consent of both parents or legal guardian, and the written approval of a judge of the family court. The parents or legal guardian do not have to be residents of the state. Consent forms may be obtained from a marriage license agent.
- Proof of age is required. A certified copy of a birth certificate must be presented for anyone 18 years of age or under. A valid I.D. or driver’s license may be presented for anyone 19 years of age or over.
- If previously married, proof of original divorce decree or death certificate needs to be presented to the marriage agent by the applicant if the divorce or death was final within 30 days of applying for a marriage license.
- Cousins may marry. However, the blood relationship between the prospective applicants cannot be closer than first cousins.
Where to Apply for a Marriage License
In Honolulu – Room 101 (1st floor) of the Health Department Building, 1250 Punchbowl St. (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets), Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information about marriage agents on the neighbor islands, call the local office of the Department of Health:
Hawaii Island (Big Island): (808) 974-6008
Kauai: (808) 241-3498
Maui: (808) 984-8210
Molokai: (808) 553-7870
Become a Licensed Marriage Performer in Hawaii
Licenses to perform marriages are issued by the State of Hawaii Department of Health pursuant to section 572-12, Hawaii Revised Statutes. All marriage performers (officiants or solemnizers) must be licensed by the State of Hawaii before performing a marriage.
Performers must register online to obtain a license to perform marriages. Shortly after registering online, the performer will receive an email notification for application approval. This email will contain a link to the performer’s license and a username and password to the electronic registration system for marriage.
If any information on the application is missing or not subject to on-line verification, a delay will be necessary for manual verification of the applicant’s eligibility to perform a marriage.
To register to perform marriages online, click “Performers” → “Registration”
To view the application screenshots and instructions for the electronic performer registration system, click here.