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The applicants do not have to be residents of Iowa. Picture identification is required. The applicants also need to provide Social Security information.

 If either of the applicants were previously married, the applicant will need to show the date of divorce or date of spouse’s death. If the divorce was within 60 days, a signed copy of the divorce decree will need to be provided.

Same sex marriages are legal in Iowa. The law became effective on April 27, 2009.

Iowa has a three (3) business day waiting period. No other tests are required in Iowa for a marriage license.

Proxy marriages and Cousin Marriages are not allowed in Iowa. Common law marriage in Iowa is legal for the purposes of filing income taxes (Administrative Rule, Chapter 39 [701]) and property tax exemptions (Administrative Rule, Chapter 73 [701]).

Applicants with 16 or 17 years of age need to have parental consent.

Any ordained or licensed clergymen, and justices of the peace can be the officiants.

The applicants need to have one witness (over 18 years of age) with them when applying for the license.

An Iowa marriage license is valid for 6 months.

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