Nevada Marriage Laws

Nevada Revised Statutes - Title 11: Domestic Relations - Chapter 122: Marriage - Authentication of Marriage - Licenses and Fees NRS 122.040 - Marriage license: Requirements; issuance by county clerk; waiver of certain requirements; public records; expiration

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Marriage license: Requirements; issuance by county clerk; waiver of certain requirements; public records; expiration

1. Before persons may be joined in marriage, a license must be obtained for that purpose from the county clerk of any county in the State. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the license must be issued at the county seat of that county. The board of county commissioners: (a) In a county whose population is 400,000 or more: (1) Shall designate one branch office of the county clerk at which marriage licenses may be issued and shall establish and maintain the designated branch office in an incorporated city whose population is 150,000 or more but less than 300,000; and (2) May, in addition to the branch office described in subparagraph (1), at the request of the county clerk, designate not more than four branch offices of the county clerk at which marriage licenses may be issued, if the designated branch offices are located outside of the county seat. (b) In a county whose population is less than 400,000 may, at the request of the county clerk, designate one branch office of the county clerk at which marriage licenses may be issued, if the designated branch office is established in a county office building which is located outside of the county seat. 2. Except as otherwise provided in this section, before issuing a marriage license, the county clerk shall require each applicant to provide proof of the applicant?s name and age. The county clerk may accept as proof of the applicant?s name and age an original or certified copy of any of the following: (a) A driver?s license, instruction permit or identification card issued by this State or another state, the District of Columbia or any territory of the United States. (b) A passport. (c) A birth certificate and: (1) Any secondary document that contains the name and a photograph of the applicant; or (2) Any document for which identification must be verified as a condition to receipt of the document. Ê If the birth certificate is written in a language other than English, the county clerk may request that the birth certificate be translated into English and notarized. (d) A military identification card or military dependent identification card issued by any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States. (e) A Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, Permanent Resident Card or Temporary Resident Card issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security. (f) Any other document that provides the applicant?s name and age. If the applicant clearly appears over the age of 25 years, no documentation of proof of age is required. 3. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, the county clerk issuing the license shall require each applicant to answer under oath each of the questions contained in the form of license. The county clerk shall, except as otherwise provided in this subsection, require each applicant to include the applicant?s social security number on the affidavit of application for the marriage license. If a person does not have a social security number, the person must state that fact. The county clerk shall not require any evidence to verify a social security number. If any of the information required is unknown to the person, the person must state that the answer is unknown. The county clerk shall not deny a license to an applicant who states that the applicant does not have a social security number or who states that any requested information concerning the applicant?s parents is unknown. 4. Upon finding that extraordinary circumstances exist which result in only one applicant being able to appear before the county clerk, the county clerk may waive the requirements of subsection 3 with respect to the person who is unable to appear before the county clerk, or may refer the applicant to the district court. If the applicant is referred to the district court, the district court may waive the requirements of subsection 3 with respect to the person who is unable to appear before the county clerk. If the district court waives the requirements of subsection 3, the district court shall notify the county clerk in writing. If the county clerk or the district court waives the requirements of subsection 3, the county clerk shall require the applicant who is able to appear before the county clerk to: (a) Answer under oath each of the questions contained in the form of license. The applicant shall answer any questions with reference to the other person named in the license. (b) Include the applicant?s social security number and the social security number of the other person named in the license on the affidavit of application for the marriage license. If either person does not have a social security number, the person responding to the question must state that fact. The county clerk shall not require any evidence to verify a social security number. Ê If any of the information required on the application is unknown to the person responding to the question, the person must state that the answer is unknown. The county clerk shall not deny a license to an applicant who states that the applicant does not have a social security number or who states that any requested information concerning the parents of either the person who is responding to the question or the person who is unable to appear is unknown. 5. If any of the persons intending to marry are under age and have not been previously married, and if the authorization of a district court is not required, the clerk shall issue the license if the consent of the parent or guardian is: (a) Personally given before the clerk; (b) Certified under the hand of the parent or guardian, attested by two witnesses, one of whom must appear before the clerk and make oath that the witness saw the parent or guardian subscribe his or her name to the annexed certificate, or heard him or her acknowledge it; or (c) In writing, subscribed to and acknowledged before a person authorized by law to administer oaths. A facsimile of the acknowledged writing must be accepted if the original is not available. 6. If a parent giving consent to the marriage of a minor pursuant to subsection 5 has a last name different from that of the minor seeking to be married, the county clerk shall accept, as proof that the parent is the legal parent of the minor, a certified copy of the birth certificate of the minor which shows the parent?s first and middle name and which matches the first and middle name of the parent on any document listed in subsection 2. 7. If the authorization of a district court is required, the county clerk shall issue the license if that authorization is given to the county clerk in writing. 8. All records pertaining to marriage licenses are public records and open to inspection pursuant to the provisions of NRS 239.010. 9. A marriage license issued on or after July 1, 1987, expires 1 year after its date of issuance.

[Part 5:33:1861; A 1867, 88; 1899, 47; 1919, 382; 1927, 49; 1947, 41; 1949, 91; 1943 NCL § 4053]?(NRS A 1959, 484; 1961, 332; 1975, 144, 435; 1977, 280; 1979, 486; 1981, 678; 1985, 1211; 1987, 1419; 1991, 1866; 1993, 28, 1230; 1997, 2287, 3323; 1999, 547; 2007, 1053; 2009, 1503)

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