Changes to marriage license process

Sarpy County

Changes to marriage license process

Date: 
March 31, 2020

Effective immediately, due to heightened concerns and restrictions regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus, marriage licenses in Sarpy County will be issued by mail only.
 
Sarpy County Clerk Deb Houghtaling stated “Our priority is the safety, health and well-being of our staff and citizens who visit our office. The Clerk’s office is currently closed to the public but continues to serve. In order to protect our staff and continue to serve, we are taking further precautionary measures and amending our services. Marriage licenses will now only be able to be filed through the mail. Staff will continue to be available for phone calls, emails and electronic records filings for all of the Clerk functions in order to provide needed services. However, marriage licenses must be signed personally by the bride and groom (after taking an oath). The officiant who marries them must also personally sign. The license will now need to be signed by a notary and returned to our office after completion. We are doing this out of extreme caution to minimize, even further, the chance of exposing the public and staff to the coronavirus.”
 
“We remain committed to providing this service to our community in a professional, efficient and safe manner,” Houghtaling added.
 
An application for a marriage license can be found online here. Couples can also request an application be mailed to them by calling 402-593-5957 or by emailing [email protected].
 
Once the application is complete, it can be mailed to: Sarpy County Clerk Marriage License, 1210 Golden Gate Drive Suite 1250, Papillion, NE 68046.
 
Along with the application, couples need to submit photocopies of a valid government-issued ID for each applicant. Applications must be submitted by mail. No faxed or emailed copies will be accepted. Sarpy requires couples submit applications at least three weeks in advance of their wedding. 
 
This process will be in place for up to eight weeks. We will monitor this situation to determine if changes or extensions are necessary.