Arkansas Marriage Laws
9-11-205 - Notice of intention to wed -- Noncompliance, penalties, and effect
(a) No marriage license shall be issued by the clerks unless a notice of intention to wed shall have been signed by both of the applicants applying for the marriage license and filed with the county clerk where the license is obtained. (b) The notice shall state the name, age, and address of both parties desiring to wed. (c) The county clerk shall verify the age of both parties and may treat birth certificates as prima facie proof of age. (d) The notice of intention to wed referred to in this section shall be filed with the county clerk of the county where the marriage license is obtained. (e) The county clerk may destroy the notice of intention to wed one (1) year after the date of its issuance. (f) Upon the failure on the part of the county clerk or any other person to comply with the provisions of this section, he or she shall be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500). (g) No marriage shall be void for failure to comply with the provisions of this section. (h) If applicable, the notice of intention to wed shall contain the declaration of intent for a covenant marriage as provided in the Covenant Marriage Act of 2001, § 9-11-801 et seq.◀︎ Back to Arkansas Marriage Laws ︎︎︎︎︎◀︎ Back to Marriage Laws Home
HISTORY: Acts 1945, No. 112, §§ 1, 3-5; 1957, No. 119, § 1; 1959, No. 52, § 1; 1981, No. 788, § 1; 1983, No. 712, § 1; A.S.A. 1947, §§ 55-205, 55-207 -- 55-209; Acts 2001, No. 1486, § 2.