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Getting Married in West Hartford?

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As of October 1, 2009, marriage licenses may only be obtained from the town of occurrence. If you are getting married in the Town of West Hartford, you will need to apply for your license in the Town Clerk’s Office, 3rd floor, Room 313, Town Hall. Once issued, the marriage license is good for 65 days. There is no waiting period between applying for and receiving your license.

The couple must appear in the office to sign the Marriage License and present photo ID's such as a driver's license or passport. We advise couples to apply for their license about two weeks before the ceremony. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to closing in order to process the Marriage License.  You may complete the application on line.

The license will be printed when you arrive at our office. 

The fee for a marriage license is $30.00. We suggest that the couple order and pre-pay an additional $20.00 for each certified copy of the marriage license, which will be mailed to them automatically upon our receipt of the marriage certificate after the ceremony. A certified copy is required by social security and DMV to make a name change. We accept cash or a personal check, we do not accept credit cards.

The Town Clerk's office is frequently asked whether our staff is responsible for legally changing a bride's last name with Social Security Administration once she has been married. There are no provisions with the Connecticut Statutes to allow Town Clerks to perform this service. However, if you click here you can access the necessary form to submit to SSA along with a certified copy of your marriage license.

We are happy to provide the couple with a list of West Hartford Justices of the Peace. Arrangements can be made directly with the Justice you select. Please click here for the list of Justices of the Peace.

Anyone who has become ordained, either through a traditional religious organization or on-line, is authorized to perform marriages.

For further information, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (860) 561-7430.

Please click on the link to view the Justice of the Peace Manual