Before starting your application
  • Regardless of the device used, this application works best on a Google Chrome browser. Mac and iPhone users have also reported difficultly using the application even with Google Chrome.
  • Both applicants will need to use a valid email address to apply. The system will send a confirmation email to first applicant with the application link. The system does not send a confirmation email to the second applicant. The application link is the same for both applicants.
  • Using the application link, applicants can switch between mobile devices, tablets, or computers to complete their application. The system will save an applicant's progress.
  • Applicants do not have to be in the same physical location to complete their application, but they do have to apply in sequence. This means that Applicant 2 cannot start their part of the application until Applicant 1 has completed their part. For couples not completing their applications in the same physical location, one spouse should register their email first, complete the Applicant 1 portion, then provide their fiancee with the application link to complete the Applicant 2 portion.
  • When taking pictures of your ID's, be sure to turn off the flash or any special features like motion or 3D. These will cause the picture to fail the ID Verification due to glare or blurriness. Camera flashes also will highlight ID security features making a good facial recognition by the system unlikely.
  • Be ready to pay your fee using a credit card or debit card.
  • Be ready with an unexpired, government issued, photo ID for each applicant. Temporary (paper) ID's will not work.
    Your ID must be a state issued ID card, Driver's License, Passport, or Military ID. We can also validate Driver's Licenses or Passports from most countries outside the United States. Any other form of government ID must be issued by a U.S. state or the U.S. federal government.
Tips When Using Application on Mobile Phone Click to Expand
About the ID Verification:
  • The process will require you to take a picture of your ID (usually both front and back depending on the ID) and a selfie for both applicants.
  • The picture of your ID should fill the screen of your phone without cutting off any of the edges of the ID.
  • Your selfie must show your whole head/face and up to four inches of your shoulders. Similar to a passport photo. A neutral background behind you is best, but not required.
  • Be sure your selfie matches your ID Photo. Do not wear anything on your head or face, like glasses or a hat, unless you are wearing it in your ID photo.
  • If your ID is worn or significantly discolored, it can increase the likelihood of a ID verification fail.

Tips when using Application on a Desktop or Laptop Computer Click to Expand
About ID verification using a desktop or laptop computer:
  • The process will require you to upload a scan/picture file of your ID (usually both front and back depending on the ID), and a selfie of both applicants.
  • Web cameras included with most laptops typically will not capture an image of your ID or your selfie with a high enough quality to allow for a successful ID verification. Scans/pictures created from scanners, digital cameras, or mobile phones will work best.
  • All scans/pictures uploaded for your ID verification must be in a jpg or jpeg format with at least 300 dpi resolution. All other formats will cause an ID verification fail.
About doing the ID verification:
  • Before starting your application, take pictures/scans of your photo ID's and selfies for each applicant using these guidelines. Place the picture files in an easy to find location on your computer.
  • Card type ID's will require you to scan the front and backs of the cards. You will need a picture file for the front of the ID, and a separate picture file for the back of the ID. Each scan/picture must be cropped so the ID fills the picture with a thin border around the edge of the ID.
  • If using a passport book, you will only need a scan of the page that includes the passport picture and your information. The scan/picture should be cropped so there is a thin border around the information page of the passport.
  • Your selfie picture must show your whole head/face and up to four inches of your shoulders. Similar to a passport photo. A neutral background behind you is best, but not required.
  • Be sure your selfie matches your ID Photo. Do not wear anything on your head or face, like glasses or a hat, unless you are wearing it in your ID photo.
  • If your ID is worn or significantly discolored, it can increase the likelihood of a ID verification fail.

Taking the Best Selfie for Your Marriage Application

Please view the following video from Consular Affairs at the Department of State about passport pictures. We recommend these tips as best practices for taking your selfie for the ID verification portion of your marriage license application.