A straight forward guide to getting legally married in Sedona, Arizona/ANYWHERE in the sunshine state of Arizona!
You must obtain your marriage license BEFORE arriving to Sedona. You cannot obtain a marriage license in Sedona. The easiest place to obtain your marriage license is at any participating Clerk of the Superior Court or comparable government office in Maricopa County, AZ (Phoenix area). It doesn’t matter where in Arizona you obtain your marriage license – all marriage licenses obtained in Arizona are valid ANYWHERE in the State of Arizona.
Here is a list of all of the locations in Maricopa County to obtain a marriage license. Upon application completion and approval, you can expect a wait time of 15-30 minutes to obtain your physical marriage license. After obtaining the license, you are free to get married the same day.
Want to make an appointment? Here is the direct link to schedule an appointment online at one of the participating courts!
If you would like to obtain your marriage license closer to Sedona, you may do so at either the Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott, AZ (1.5 hours to Sedona) or the Camp Verde Superior Court (40 mins to Sedona). You will have to make an appointment via phone. You may do so by clicking HERE.
If you are an Arizona State resident, you may apply for your marriage license online HERE and get it mailed to you. This is NOT recommended if you are getting married in less than 30 days. If you are getting married in less than 30 days, the fastest way to obtain your marriage license is in person.
Want to obtain your marriage license outside of Maricopa or Yavapai counties? Click HERE to view all Arizona county marriage license locations.
Here’s what you need to come prepared with to obtain your marriage license in Arizona:
This is the fun part! For couples eloping with me – I plan every aspect of their elopement to ensure their dream adventure elopement day is stress free! I am also ordained, meaning I can legally sign their marriage license.
YES! Any family member or friend can legally marry you in Arizona! All they need to do is become officially ordained. The process of doing this is FREE and takes less than 2 minutes. It is valid immediately. You may become legally ordained and ready to sign legal marriage licenses in the State of Arizona (and beyond) by registering with The Universal Life Church here. Your ordination is valid for life.
Within 30 days of your ceremony, you must mail or drop off your completed marriage license to the same court in which you originally received the license from. If you pre-purchased a copy when obtaining your license, an official copy of your marriage certificate will be mailed to the address you provided once it is processed.
I hope this blog post about how to get legally married in Sedona, Arizona (and beyond) was helpful for you! If you are eloping with me and have any other questions regarding this process, feel free to reach out to me directly!
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