Marriage License

To get married in Hawaii you must fill out an application with a marriage license agent in Hawaii. Both of you have to meet the agent in person. The state of Hawaii does not allow Proxies or mailing in of the application.When you make your travel arrangement plan to be here a business day before your wedding to be able to get your marriage license appointment.The Governors office is closed on weekends, Hawaiian Holidays and National Holidays. The outside agents are always very accommodating and helpful, but are often not available on weekends and holidays.

Your marriage license is valid for 30 days including the date it was issued. It can only be used in the State of Hawaii.

If you have been married before you must know the month and year when your divorce was final.

If you are traveling to other islands before you come here, you may get your license there.

The state of Hawaii does not require a blood test, residency or citizenship.

Please apply for your license online.There is a $60 fee plus a $5 processing fee. Marriage License Online Form

Call for Marriage License Appointment:

Kailua Kona:

Andrea: 808.990.1929

Hilo:

Governors Office: 808.974.6262 ( walk in o.k.)

Source: Hawaii Government Office

Apostilles


Who is required to get anApostille?

A certified copy of civil union, marriage, or divorce certificate issued by the State of Hawaii may need to be officially authenticated in order that it be recognized and accepted by government officials of foreign countries.

For those foreign countries who are nations that have joined the 1961 Hague Convention, the authentication process requires just one official form called an Apostille to accompany the civil union, marriage, or divorce certificate. In the State of Hawaii, Apostilles are prepared by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

For nations who have not joined the Convention, the authentication process requires two separate forms to accompany the certificate. In Hawaii, one of these forms is called a Certification and is prepared by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. The second form is called an Authentication and is prepared by the State Circuit Court.

Any person applying for a certified copy of a birth, death, civil union, marriage, or divorce certificate is eligible to apply for its authentication, if necessary, for international purposes.

How to Apply for an Apostille ?

If you require a certified copy of a civil union, marriage, or divorce certificate to be authenticated for international legalization, you may request authentication at the same time you request a certified copy of the certificate. The Department of Health will coordinate with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and the State Circuit Court to have the official forms prepared and attached to the certificate being issued.

There are separate fees charged by each of the agencies involved in authenticating the certificate. Each fee must be paid separately in form of a money order.

If you are making the request in person, the clerk can assist you in determining which forms are needed and what the amount of the fees will be.

If you are making the request by mail, indicate that you want the certificate to be authenticated for international recognition and identify the foreign country that’s involved. If you do not know whether this foreign country has or has not joined the Convention, enclose three separate money orders or cashier’s checks (all payable in U.S. Dollars); and if it is determined that only an Apostille is needed, the unused money order or cashier’s check will be returned to you. Prepayment is required.

The first money order/cashier’s check should be made payable to the State Department of Health and will serve as payment for the certificate. The fee is $10 for the first copy of the certificate and $4 for each additional copy of the same certificate ordered at the same time.  There is also a $2.50 portal administration fee for each certificate order up to 5 copies and for each 5-copy increment thereafter.

A second money order/cashier’s check should be made payable to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and will serve as payment for either the Apostille or the Certification, whichever is needed. The fee is $1 per certificate to be authenticated.

A third money order/cashier’s check should be made payable to the Chief Clerk, First Circuit Court and will serve as payment for the Court Authentication, if it is needed. The fee is $3 per certificate to be authenticated.

Further Information and Assistance

If you require further information about applying for an Apostille or want to check on the status of an accepted request for an Apostille, call (808) 586-4539 or (808) 586-4542 during regular business hours.