Location and Times

The applicants who wish to be married must appear in person to apply for a marriage license in the Whitley County Clerk's Office, Courthouse, 101 W. Van Buren Street, Second Floor, Room 10.  You may apply Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Allow a minimum of twenty (20) minutes to complete the application process. Call the County Clerk's Office (260) 248-3102 with any additional questions.
You may also initiate your marriage license online, here.  The applicants will both still need to come the Whitley County Clerk's Office, Second Floor, Room 10, to complete the marriage license process.  This should only take a few minutes, but all the following requirements still apply.

For Indiana residents, at least one applicant must reside in Whitley County and provide documentation of residency. If applicants reside in a different Indiana county, you cannot apply in Whitley County. Out of state residents may apply for a license in Whitley County only if the marriage is to be performed in Whitley County.

Required Documents

One or more of the following:

  • Valid operator's license or Indiana state identification, showing date of birth and current Whitley County address, or
  • Passport, military identification.

If the applicant does not have an updated driver's license or identification does not provide an address, applicant must show proof of a Whitley County address, such as:

  • a rental lease, or
  • current utility bill


Indiana Residents: $18.00

Out-of-State Residents: $60.00

A certified copy of your marriage license, for legal proof (court proceedings, employment, or Social Security) may be obtained for $2.00 per copy. For information about name change on your social security card, Visit: Social Security Office or call 1-800-772-1213.
Age Restriction

Applicants under 18 years of age must have parental consent and have a certified copy of their birth certificate.  Applicants age 15 and 16 years of age must have an order from the court. 

License Validity

You will receive the application the same day you apply, and it expires sixty (60) days after being issued. The application is valid only if the marriage is performed in the State of Indiana. Call the County Clerk's Office at (260) 248-3102, if you have additional questions.
Copies of Marriage Licenses
If you would like to retain a certified copy of a marriage license from June 2007 to present, they are located in the Clerk's office.  May 2007 and prior are located in the File Management department in the basement of the Whitley County Government Center, 220 W Van Buren St, Columbia City, IN.  Certified copies are $2.00 each.
Marriage Ceremonies

Marriages may be performed by a member of the clergy (including a minister, priest, bishop, rabbi, and imam), a judge, or clerk-treasurer of a city or town. If you do not have someone to marry you, click here for a list of persons who are willing to officiate ceremonies.