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How to Get Married in an Online Wedding Ceremony in Utah

Published Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 2022

Get married online with the help of Utah County's remote marriage services



Updated September, 2023: Special thanks to Russ J. Rampton, Digital Services Supervisor & Utah County Deputy Clerk for providing us with up-to-date information. Contact the Utah County Clerk's office with any additional questions on performing remote appearance ceremonies.



Thousands of couples all around the world are getting married without ever leaving home – with the help of Utah County’s fully online marriage portal. 


This online marriage portal is the only one of its kind in the United States, and makes it possible for both U.S. citizens and international couples located anywhere in the world to be married remotely by a wedding officiant in Utah, using a Utah marriage license.
Utah County’s online wedding service has been life-changing for LGBTQ+ couples in countries where same-sex marriage isn’t yet legal, and for couples in countries like Israel, where strict religious laws forbid nontraditional or civil marriage ceremonies. The service has also come in useful for members of the military, disabled couples, and for some immigration purposes, when restrictions or illness make travel difficult.
Using the online marriage portal, couples are able to apply for a remote marriage license and fill out all the necessary documents over the internet. The wedding ceremony is performed by a wedding officiant in Utah, and the ceremony is legally binding, even for those living internationally. Currently, Utah County is the only county in Utah that provides this service.
(Note: Some countries, like China, do not recognize same-sex marriages solemnized in the U.S.)
Below, we cover the process to get married in a remote wedding ceremony in Utah.



How To Get Married Online in Utah in a Remote Wedding Ceremony 


Plan an online wedding in Utah: for U.S. citizens and international couples


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The first step to being able to get married online is obtaining the marriage license. 


Traditionally, this is accomplished by both parties going in person to the county clerk’s office in the county where they'll physically hold the ceremony. 


However, as you can see, Utah County provides a unique exception to this requirement. If your officiant is physically located in Utah, you can obtain your marriage license from anywhere in the world regardless of citizenship or nationality.


During the ceremony, the officiant must be physically located within the state of Utah, and assigned as the designated host of the video-conference session (remote appearance ceremony), in order to use the Utah marriage license. That physical location will be needed to complete the license.



How to file for your marriage license:


Even though applying for your marriage license is a big step, the process itself is very easy. You'll begin by using the Utah County Online Application.
To begin with, both applicants will need a valid email address. Utah County will send you an automated email with an application link to the first email and both parties will use that same link.
As noted on the Utah County website, this process has recently been updated to make things easier for international applicants. The website states: "It is no longer necessary to use a US based address when completing an application. ALL APPLICANTS should provide their current mailing address and provide their correct State/Province and Country of birth."



Items you will need to complete your application:


  • A valid credit or debit card to pay the license fee


  • An unexpired, government issued ID card, Driver's License, Passport, or Military ID for each applicant (IDs from a country outside the U.S. can be validated by their system)


  • If a divorce has been granted within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree


  • Access to a printer (to print the officiant worksheet and instructions, you will receive the license through a unique URL)


  • You’ll need the following information to complete the form, so make sure you have these details ahead of time: name, address, social security number, date and place of birth, names of the applicants’ respective parents and their places of birth



Tips for completing the online application:


  • If possible, make sure to use Google Chrome when filling out your application. And, try to avoid using a Mac or an iphone if you can. PCs are known to work best on their system.


  • You don’t have to complete the application in one sitting. The system will save your progress between devices and between sessions.


  • Both applicants do not have to be in the same physical location to complete the online application, but you will have to complete it in sequence as if you were in the same spot. This means that the second person can’t begin to fill out their portion of the application until the first person has finished the section. If you aren’t filling out the application in the same physical place, applicant 1 should register their email and complete their portion before sending their fiance the application link.


  • You'll need to send a clear, non-blurry picture of the front and back of your ID and it will have to be free of glare. To do this, turn off the flash on your camera and or any other special features like motion or 3D.


  • You'll need to take a selfie that matches the picture on your ID. Your face should fill the entire photo just like a passport photo and make sure not to wear any article of clothing that obstructs your face unless it is something you wore in your ID photo as well. 



A happy couple sitting on a couch raise their arms and laugh in celebration of their new marriage, a laptop sits in their laps to represent the remote wedding officiant. They are dressed in casual clothing
A destination wedding in Utah without leaving home! 
There are no residency or citizenship requirements to obtain a marriage license in Utah, so you can apply from anywhere in the world. Just make sure that your wedding officiant is physically located in Utah during the ceremony.



During the ceremony:


During remote appearance ceremonies, all participants are connected through video conferencing software that allows everyone involved to see and hear all other participants in real time. It’s essential that the officiant and witnesses are able to clearly see and hear each party willingly enter the marriage commitment. 

During the ceremony, your officiant will act as host. In order for the marriage to be valid, the host location must be physically located within the boundaries of the State of Utah. This host location will be listed on the marriage certificate and establishes the jurisdiction for the marriage.

Utah also requires that wedding ceremonies include two witnesses over the age of 18. These witnesses can join the celebration remotely, but they must be able to see and hear all activity in real time. 
There are no specific requirements in Utah for wording, nature, tone, or other aspects of the ceremony. All other aspects of the ceremony are left up to you, the couple, and any cultural traditions or religious tenets you choose to include.  



After the Ceremony


After your officiant has digitally signed and submitted the marriage license, the Utah County system will auto-generate a digital, certified copy of the Marriage License and Certificate of Completed Marriage. 
This information is stored in the county’s database, making the marriage official. The next business day, the County marriage license office will print a certified copy of your license and mail it to the address you’ve requested. 


Congratulations, you're officially married! 






Learn more by visiting the Utah County Clerk Office : Marriage Licenses


Complete details for officiants and couples who wish to marry remotely can be found here:





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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

Daniel Rattray
Daniel Rattray

Guest Contributor

AMM Minister, cat person, and party lover. Daniel's knowledge of state marriage laws and marriage license application requirements makes him a valuable member of the contributors' team.

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