Oregon Marriage Age Requirements Laws

Maybe it was just jotting down your first name with various last names in your notebook at school. Or maybe you thought more seriously about eloping with your first crush. Most of us have dreamt at one time or another about running off and getting married? (And there are probably parents out there who have worried about one of their children doing the same.)

So how old do you have to be to make your Beaver State romance a legal reality? The short answer is that it depends on whether your parents have given their permission. This is a quick overview of the marriage age requirement laws in Oregon.

State Marriage Age Laws

As with most states, once you turn 18 in Oregon, you can get married with only a few additional restrictions. However, a few states have no statutory age limits, and some states allow younger partners with a child (or expecting a child) to get married. Oregon’s marriage age laws do allow minors aged 17 to get married with parental consent.

Marriage Age Statutes in Oregon

As noted above, state marriage laws aren’t all the same. The details of Oregon’s marriage age statutes in are listed in the chart below.

Code Section

Oregon Revised Statutes 106.010, et seq.: Marriage, Domestic Partnership

Minimum Legal Age With Parental Consent

Male: 17; Female: 17

Minimum Legal Age Without Parental Consent

Male: 18; Female: 18

Comments

If parent is out of state and either party is a resident, parental consent not required.

Marriage Requirements

Every state has marriage requirements couples have to meet in order to get an actual marriage license. Oregon residents may apply for a marriage license at a county clerk’s office and must provide full names, identification, and social security numbers. Be aware that there is a three-day waiting period from the time the license is issued to when it can be used. The fee can vary, so check with your local county clerk for any additional requirements.

Oregon Marriage Age Requirements Laws: Related Resources

Getting married is a momentous decision and state marriage laws can be difficult to decipher. You can find more information and resources on this topic in FindLaw's section on Getting Married. You can contact an Oregon family law attorney if you would like legal advice regarding a marriage matter.

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