Marriage License Application
⚠ ATTENTION

The Auditor’s Office is currently offering limited, in-person, services. We’re still here to help, but you must call us first. (253) 798-7435.

Washington State has a mandatory 3-day waiting period.
The 3-day waiting period cannot be waived.

DAY YOU APPLY FOR LICENSE 
FIRST DAY YOU CAN MARRY

Monday →    

Thursday

Tuesday →    

 Friday

Wednesday →    

 Saturday

Thursday →    

 Sunday

Friday →    

 Monday


⚠ NOTICE  
The 3-day waiting period does not begin until you have purchased the license.
The license is valid for 60 days from the issuance of the license.
Pierce County Auditor

2401 S 35th St, Rm 200, Tacoma, Washington

Please follow the instructions below to apply for your marriage license. 


1. Fill out the application online. 

Complete the online application. Select ’Print Preview’ to print the marriage application, and then select ’Apply’.

If you don’t have a computer, please call for assistance. (253) 798-7435



⚠ NOTICE  
All marriage applications are public record (RCW 26.04.170) and may be published in the local newspaper.


2. Sign the application in front of a Notary Public. 

You must both sign the application in front of a Notary Public.

3. Submit your application and $72 fee by mail.

Mail or use our document drop box in-person at the Pierce County Annex to submit the original, notarized, application and the following:

  • $72 money order or check made out to ’Pierce County Auditor’.
  • Your return mailing address to send your marriage packet.
  • Your contact phone number.

Mail marriage licenses to:

Pierce County Auditor
Attn: Marriage License
2401 S. 35th St., Room 200
Tacoma, WA 98409

Use our document drop box in-person at:

Pierce County Annex
2401 S. 35th St.
Tacoma, WA 98409

  Call 253-798-7435 for Assistance

⚠ NOTICE  
If you do not include your return mailing address or contact phone number, we will hold your packet until we hear from you. 



4. Get married. 

Once you receive your marriage packet in the mail you can get married. Have your original marriage certificate signed by your witnesses, officiant, and yourself. 



⚠ NOTICE  
Washington State has a mandatory 3-day waiting period that cannot be waived.


5. Return signed marriage certificate and get certified copies. 

After you’re married, you MUST return the original, signed, marriage certificate to the Auditor’s Office. Return your certificate by mail or in-person, at the Pierce County Annex. using our document drop box.

Certified copies may be purchased for $3 each. You’ll need certified copies to:

  • Change your name with Social Security.
  • Apply for military benefits. 
  • Change your driver’s license. 

Request Certified Marriage License Copies by Mail

Complete the form and mail it with appropriate payment to receive certified copies of your marriage license by mail. 


Mail signed marriage certificates to:

Pierce County Auditor
Attn: Marriage License
2401 S. 35th St., Room 200
Tacoma, WA 98409

Use our document drop box in-person at:

Pierce County Annex
2401 S. 35th St.
Tacoma, WA 98409


Find more information about marriage requirements in RCW 26.04.