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Douglas County Recorder
305 8th Ave West
Alexandria, MN 56308

Marriage License Application Process

Both applicants must appear in person and present a valid photo ID. 

The application form may be completed online ahead of time at 
The online application does not need to be printed.

Both parties should appear together at the Recorder’s Office to sign the form under oath.  
If one party is not able to appear in person, please contact the Recorder’s Office.

There is no waiting period for the marriage license, and it is valid for a period of six months.

Marriage Application Fees:
$115.00 – no premarital education
$40.00 – reduced marriage license fee*

*Reduced Fee Information:
Applies to applicants who have completed at least 12 hours of premarital education.
To qualify for the discount, the applicants must present a fully signed, dated, and notarized or sealed Educator’s Statement on official letterhead at the time of application.



Marriage Officiants

Individuals 21 years of age and older may officiate a marriage.  The individual must register as a marriage officiant with a county in Minnesota prior to performing a marriage ceremony.  Once registered, marriages can be performed anywhere within the state.


Registration may be completed in person or by mail by completing a Certificate of Filing form and paying the filing fee. Please note the signature of the officiant must be notarized if submitting the form by mail.
Officiant Filing Fee:  $40.00



Marriage Certificate Requests

To obtain a certified copy, please complete the Certified Marriage Certificate Request Form

Marriage Certificates must be obtained from the county that issued the marriage license.
Certificates may be requested in person, by mail, or by phone.
Certified Marriage Certificate Fee: $9.00


To look up which county is the custodian of the record, visit the Minnesota Official Marriage System (MOMS®)