Marriage Application Frequently Asked Question
Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers. Please be sure to read the State of Iowa Marriage Application Instructions completely.
I have been married before, do I need to show/bring divorce papers?
No. Divorce papers are not required.
Do we need social security cards?
No. Only government issued photo ID's or passports.
Does Iowa require a blood test?
Iowa no longer requires blood tests for marriage.
Can the 4-day waiting period be bypassed?
Yes. A 4-DAY WAIVER FORM can be obtained from our office. The waiver must be approved/signed by a judge at the courthouse at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm. There is an additional $5 cost to file the waiver.
Can people under the age of 18 get married?
Yes. A CONSENT TO MARRY A MINOR form can be obtained through our office. Parents of both parties must sign the form, in addition to a judge at the courthouse. There is no additional cost for filing this form.
Can a marriage license be applied for in Scott County if the marriage ceremony is to take place in a different county of Iowa?
Yes, the license is valid in any county in the State of Iowa.
Who is legally able to perform a marriage ceremony in the state of Iowa?
Persons ordained or designated as a leader of the person’s religious faith or a judge. See next question for how to obtain a list of judges.
Are marriage ceremonies performed at the courthouse?
Marriage ceremonies are no longer performed at the Scott County Courthouse.
You can access a list of Magistrate Judges on the County Recorders website. You are responsible for making arrangements for the actual ceremony.
One or both of us are not living in Iowa. How can we start the application process?
You can download the application from our website for one or both of you to complete and have notarized locally. The waiting period of 3 business days begins once the application is complete and received in our office with the appropriate fee. Please include a daytime phone number with the return of your application and fee.
Can a relative be a witness to the Marriage Application?
Yes. Any person 18 and over can be the witness.
What is the fee for the application?The fee is $35.00. This includes a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate.
Where can I find out more about wedding planning in the Quad Cities?
The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau offers information and assistance finding services for your Quad Cities wedding. Find the wedding planner at: