Getting Married in Baltimore
Marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples will be effective beginning January 1, 2013. To be married in the City of Baltimore, you will need to obtain a marriage license in Baltimore. You do not need to be a resident of Maryland to obtain a marriage license in Baltimore.
You may apply for a marriage license in person beginning December 6, 2012 at the Baltimore City Marriage License Office, 100 North Calvert Street, Room 628, Baltimore, MD 21202, however the license will not be valid until January 1, 2013. If you cannot apply for your license in person, you may request a Non-Resident Marriage Application from the Court Clerk Business and Marriage License Department at (410) 333-3780. Only one person from the couple needs to be present to apply for a marriage license. You must bring the following information for both applicants: name, address, age, social security number, place of birth, and marital status. The marriage license fee in Baltimore City is $85.00, which must be paid in cash. If you want to be married at the courthouse court clerks perform marriage ceremonies from 8:30 am - 3 pm, no appointment is necessary. The fee is $25 cash, and couples must have one witness present.
Anyone divorced or widowed must supply the exact date and name of the county and state in which the divorce or death occurred in order to obtain a marriage license. This applies for all divorces and deaths.
After applying for your marriage license, there is a 48-hour waiting period. In extreme circumstances this 48-hour waiting period may be waived by a judge. Once approved, marriage licenses are valid for six months. Couples who are still not wed six months after obtaining their license must reapply for a new license.
For more information visit:
Baltimore City Marriage License Office
100 North Calvert Street, Room 628, Baltimore, MD 21202