Maryland waives in-person requirement for marriage licenses


Residents can apply through e-mail, regular mail or drop-off.


BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland residents wanting to get married may now apply for marriage licenses by email, regular mail or at a drop-off as courthouses remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Baltimore Sun reports the one-page applications, which require couples to provide personal information to the court such as social security numbers and any past marriages, are mandatory for couples to have their marriages recognized by the state. Information included in the applications must be sworn under oath either before the clerk, by video conferencing or by an affidavit included with the application.

Before the pandemic, couples were required to fill out applications in person.


By The Associated Press