Who can be granted a marriage license?
You do not have to be an Oregon resident to obtain a marriage license.
Oregon law prohibits the issuance of a marriage license to anyone under 17 years of age. Those 17 years old must have consent before a marriage license can be issued.
Where do you get a marriage license?
Licenses are issued in the Jackson County Clerk’s Office, 10 S. Oakdale Ave., Room 114, Medford, OR 97501. Phone: (541) 774-6153.
Application hours are 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., closed 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
How do you obtain a marriage license?
1. Complete Application
Option 1- You may apply online by completing party a and party b information at: https://apps.jacksoncounty.org/Marriage/ both parties must then come to the Jackson County Clerk's office to sign and purchase their license. See license fee # 4 below. Application hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., closed 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Plan to be in our office no later than 10:45 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. to complete the marriage license process. Exceptions to this policy may be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for applicants who cannot appear in our office.
Option 2- Both parties must apply on the public computers in our office and will then proceed to a deputy clerk to sign and purchase their license once issued. See license fee # 4 Below. Exceptions to this policy may be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for applicants who cannot appear in our office. Application hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., closed 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. It takes 25-30 minutes to complete the license, so plan to be in our office no later than 10:45 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. in order to finish your license by closing.
2. Proof of Age
Applicants may be required to show proof of age to the satisfaction of the clerk.
3. Permission for those 17 years of age
Applicants seventeen years of age must bring a parent or guardian with them, or have a notarized consent form with them. We require an original birth certificate as proof of age and proof of parentage. A form for giving consent to the marriage of a minor is available for download at the bottom of this page.
4. License fee
The cost of a marriage license is $55.00, payable in cash (please do not bring large bills) or debit/credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) when the license is issued. A service fee is charged by the credit card provider. Please allow extra time when using large bills or a credit card.
5. Waiver fee
A three day waiver form if necessary is $21.00 payable in the same terms above.
YOU WILL RECEIVE THE MARRIAGE LICENSE ON THE DAY YOU APPLY, YOU CANNOT BE MARRIED UNTIL THREE DAYS LATER. For example, if a license is issued on Monday, you cannot be married until Thursday. If that presents a problem, the waiting period can be waived by the county clerk's office.
After purchasing marriage license:
REMEMBER the license is not valid until three days after it is issued. It remains valid for 60 days after the effective date. The license can be used anywhere in the State of Oregon. It must be filed back with the same county it was purchased from.
Your marriage can be officiated by:
1. A judge. (ORS 106.120) A list of judges who perform marriage ceremonies is available from the Marriage License Clerk.
2. Religious congregation or organizations as indicated in ORS 106.120 and 106.150.
Two persons over age 18 are required to witness the solemnization of the marriage.
The marriage license (if not used) expires sixty days from effective date. There is no extension of time, no refunds given, no exceptions.
Oregon law requires the properly completed original license be returned to the Clerk’s Office within 5 days of the marriage. If you decide not to return your license, it is the responsibility of the officiating judge, minister or clerk to do so.
Your license becomes a record of marriage once it has been returned and signed by the local official.
If you would like a certified copy of a marriage license after the marriage has taken place and returned to our office please contact the County Clerk’s office or complete the copy request form and return to us with payment.
Jackson County Clerk
10 S. Oakdale Ave. Room 114
Medford, OR 97501
The cost of a certified copy is $7.75 payable in cash, check or debit/credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). Please include a contact phone number on a check. A service fee is charged by the credit card provider.
Voter Registration: If either party would like to update their voter registration (name, address, party affiliation etc.) please visit our Elections Office site for more information.