You may apply for a Marriage
License at any County Recorderís office in Iowa as long as the ceremony is
performed in Iowa. Marriage Applications are accepted in Lee County between
the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.
To apply for a Marriage License in the Recorderís Office:
||Party A, Party B, and one witness (must be 18
years or older) must appear in person,
||All three must present photo identification
(driverís license or government issued ID),
||$35.00 fee includes a certified copy of the
*There is a 3-day waiting period before the License is valid and
the actual marriage may occur. This does NOT include the day the
application is received for processing and will
be delayed if there are errors on the application.
You must use the
current form of Application for Marriage prescribed by the Iowa Department of
Public Health. In order to receive the Application by email, please call
the Recorderís office at 319-376-1070 and request the Marriage Packet.
Otherwise, you must apply in person at the Recorderís office, 933 Avenue H, Fort
Madison, Iowa, 52627.
You must retain an
officiant and provide two witnesses for the marriage ceremony. Local
judges are not performing marriages at this time. The ceremony must be
performed in Iowa.
Once the marriage has been
performed and the Certificate of Marriage has been returned to the Recorderís
office and placed on record, a certified copy will be mailed to Party A and
Party B. Either Party may use this certified copy for a name change on social
security and driverís license, etc.
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