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Marriage licensing

Records and Licensing Services Division

Marriage Licensing
King County Administration Building
500 Fourth Ave., Suite 430
Seattle, WA 98104
206-477-6620
Fax 206-205-8396

Customer Service Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

kcrocust@kingcounty.gov

Wedding officiant duties

Who can Officiate

Washington State Law (external link)

PREPARING AND DISTRIBUTING THE MARRIAGE LICENSE FORMS

Marriage License, State of Washington, County of King

The person who performs the marriage ceremony (officiant) will retain this copy for their records.

The Marriage License provides notice to the officiant that he/she is authorized to perform the marriage ceremony of the parties named on the license only between (and including) the dates specified on the license.

The officiant can be any justice or judge of Washington State supreme court, court of appeals, courts of limited jurisdiction, or superior court commissioners, or any regularly licensed or ordained minister or priest of any church or religious denomination.

Certificate of Marriage (Red and gold copy)

The officiant will complete this form, up to the signature portions, generally prior to the ceremony.

The date of the license ('marriage license bearing date...') can be found on the back of this copy: first the year, then the month, and finally the date. (That is the date the couple purchased the license.)

Fill in the officiant's title at 'the undersigned, a ________'. For example, judge, court commissioner, priest, rabbi.

The rest of the blanks can be filled in by referencing the Marriage License or the Health Certificate of Marriage included in the marriage license packet.

The officiant will obtain both parties' signatures, both witnesses' signatures, and complete the Officiant portion. Applicants must sign in the name with which they applied for the marriage license, not their new married name.

The officiant will give this copy to the newly married couple following the marriage ceremony. This red and gold copy is for commemorative and decorative purposes. It is not an official copy.

Washington State Department of Health Certificate Of Marriage

The couple should present this form to the officiant with both sections completed up to their signature blocks. At the ceremony, the couple will sign and date their section, and the witnesses will sign. The officiant will complete the top "Officiant" section of this form. If the officiant is a judge, justice, or court commissioner, the 'Civil' box should be checked; if a priest, minister, rabbi or imam, check 'Religious'.

After the wedding, the officiant will return this copy to King County Marriage Licensing in the pre-addressed envelope provided with the marriage license packet within 30 days of the wedding ceremony.

IF ALL BOXES ON THIS FORM ARE NOT COMPLETED BY THE TIME IT IS RECEIVED AT OUR DOWNTOWN SEATTLE OFFICE, THE FORM WILL BE RETURNED TO THE OFFICIANT OR TO THE COUPLE FOR COMPLETION AND IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR CERTIFIED COPIES UNTIL WE RECEIVE A COMPLETE AND CORRECT FORM.

After review to confirm that the form has been completed correctly, it is scanned and recorded by King County Records, and then forwarded to Washington State Department of Health, Vital Statistics Division. A certified copy of this record is considered an official copy. When they applied for their marriage license, the couple was given printed directions on how to obtain certified copies of this certificate.