Arkansas Marriage and Blood Test Requirements

Planning the wedding of your dreams may be fun, but figuring out marriage requirements may not be so fun. The state of Arkansas has a few requirements that must be met in order to obtain a marriage license.

In Arkansas, you must be 18 years of age or older (or have the consent of a parent or legal guardian if between the ages of 16-17) and pay a license fee, the cost of which may vary depending upon the county. There are no residency or blood test requirements. This is a quick summary of Arkansas marriage license and blood test requirements.

Arkansas Marriage License and Blood Test Requirements

The following table outlines marriage license and blood test requirements in Arkansas.

Code Sections ARK. CODE ANN. ยง 9-11-101 et seq.
Where to Obtain a License

County Clerk Office

Age Requirements

18 or older with proof of age.

For those ages 16-17, consent of both parents or the legal guardian is required unless the parents are divorced and custody has been awarded to one parent or the other parent has given up custody by abandoning or deserting the child.

An exception to the minimim age requirements may be made if the following requirements are met:

  • The female is pregnant and has a certificate from a licensed practicing Arkansas physician
  • Parental consent has been provided for the under age party
  • Birth certificates of both parties have been provided
  • The judge finds that marriage is in the best interests of the parties.
Residency Requirement No.
Identification Requirements

Proof of name and age.

Birth certificate may be requested for persons marrying at ages 16-17.

Blood Test Requirement No.
Other Requirements Must be sober at the time of marriage (i.e. free from the influence of any intoxicating alcohol or drugs).
How Long is the License Valid? 60 days.
Same Sex Marriage No.
Fees The fee may vary depending upon the county.
Who Can Preside Over the Ceremony?

The governor, former Supreme Court justice, current Arkansas judge of a court of record or district court or former judge of a court of record or district court who served at least 4 years, regularly ordained minister or priest of any religious sect or denomination, mayor of any city or town, or any official appointed for purpose of solemnizing marriages by the county court.

Marriages between persons who are members of the Quakers, which have no ordained minister, may be solemnized per the assembly's practices.

Waiting Period 5 days for those marrying at ages 16-17.

Arkansas Marriage License Requirements: Related Resources

Determining what is required for a marriage license can be confusing. If you want legal assistance with a marriage issue, you can contact an Arkansas family law attorney. You can also visit Findlaw's Marriage Law Overview, Can Prenuptial Agreements Help You?, Tips for Marriage and Marriage FAQs for more articles and information on this topic.

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