Arizona State Marriage Law & Information
Arizona Marriage Law
Persons authorized to perform marriage ceremony; definition
- The following are authorized to solemnize marriages between persons who are authorized to marry:
- Duly licensed or ordained clergymen.
- Judges of courts of record.
- Municipal court judges.
- Justices of the peace.
- Justices of the United States supreme court.
- Judges of courts of appeals, district courts and courts that are created by an act of Congress if the judges are entitled to hold office during good behavior.
- Bankruptcy court and tax court judges.
- United States magistrate judges.
- Judges of the Arizona court of military appeals.
- For the purposes of this section, "licensed or ordained clergymen" includes ministers, elders or other persons who by the customs, rules and regulations of a religious society or sect are authorized or permitted to solemnize marriages or to officiate at marriage ceremonies.
Requirement of license and solemnization; covenant marriages
- A marriage shall not be contracted by agreement without a marriage ceremony.
- A marriage contracted within this state is not valid unless all of the following occur:
- A license is issued as provided in this title.
- The marriage is solemnized by a person authorized by law to solemnize marriages or by a person purporting to act in such capacity and believed in good faith by at least one of the parties to be so authorized.
- The marriage is solemnized before the expiration of the marriage license.
- The requirements of this section do not apply to the conversion of an existing marriage that is valid in this state to a covenant marriage that complies with the requirements of section 25-902.
Marriage License Agency: County Clerk
Common Law: No
Civil Union: No
Duration of Marriage Licence: 1 Year
- Arizona State Legistature
- Arizona State Attorney General
- Arizona State Governor's Office
- Arizona State Supreme Court
- Arizona State Department of Health