Marriage Licenses and Certificates

How to Apply for a Marriage License

A marriage license purchased in Minnesota is valid for 6 months and allows you to be married within the geographical boundaries of Minnesota. 

The official who performs the marriage ceremony should file the marriage license at the Recorder’s Office within 5 days of the ceremony.

What to Bring

Both parties must appear in person at the Cook County Recorder’s Office to complete the application. You will need to provide:
  • Social security numbers
  • Identification such as a driver’s license or state issued ID
  • Address (street, city, state, and zip code)
  • Date of birth
  • If previously married, number of previous civil marriages, how last marriage terminated (death or divorce) date and place terminated, court terminated, and the previous married name
Regular Fee - $115; payable by cash, check, debit or credit card; due at the time of application
Reduced Fee - $40; If you have obtained premarital education as per MS 517.08. You must bring in a signed and dated statement, printed on the church or educator’sletterhead with educator’s signature notarized or the church’s seal. This statement must be presented at the time the marriage license is applied for. There are no refunds on the fees charged for a marriage license.

Marriage Certificates 
Marriage Certificates are available at the Recorder’s Office for those couples who applied for their license in Cook County.

Divorce Decrees
Divorce decrees are available from the county that granted the divorce through Court Administration

Contact Us

Dusty Nelms
County Recorder

Holly Schroeder
Chief Deputy Recorder

Cook County Courthouse
411 W. 2nd Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Fax: 218.387.3043
Monday – Friday
8am – 4pm
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