aisle style . planning . licensed to wed
licensed to wed
Q: What do your car and your future marriage have in common?
A: You cant get very far in either without a license. All brides- and grooms-to-be must register with the state of Delaware before their marriage is legal.
Though that means a trip to a Clerk of the Peaces office, the process doesnt have to be difficult. Fran Moore, Kent Countys deputy clerk of the peace, says couples need about 15 minutes to file the paperwork. Its a matter of knowing what the requirements are, she says. Its a fairly simple process.
For the record, those stipulations are:
The bride and groom, both 18 or older, must appear together, with photo identification.
Divorced or widowed applicants must bring certified copies of decrees, annulments or death certificates.
Those on parole or probation must have permission from a correctional official.
Applicants can not be related, of the same sex, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
After licenses are issued, Delaware residents,, or non-residents with a Delaware parent, must wait 24 hours to marry. Non-residents must wait 96 hours.
Where to go: The Sussex County Clerk of the Peaces office, at 2 The Circle, Georgetown, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 855-7834.
In Kent County, the clerks office at the Administrative Complex, 555 Bay Road, Dover, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 744-2346.
The New Castle office at the Louis L. Redding Building, 800 N. French St., Wilmington, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment on Tuesday nights.
Tara Lynn Johnson