BASIC (09-87)

GN 00302.570 Marriage Records

A. Introduction

The application for a marriage license filed before a license is issued will normally call for the bride's and groom's DB or age. The age or DB may also be shown on the marriage certificate itself.

B. Purpose of chart

The chart which follows in E. below shows the minimum legal age for marrying without consent of parent or guardian in effect in each State at various time internals since 1900. This chart will alert you to those situations in which the applicant may have given an incorrect age in order to marry without parental consent.

C. Warning

The chart is furnished solely for use in considering the probative value of a marriage record as proof of age. It should not  be used to determine the validity or invalidity of a particular marriage.

D. Comment

No information is given regarding certain specific exceptions in some State laws such as previous marraiges, pregancy, no parent or guardian competent to act, etc.

E. Chart : Minimum age for marriage without parental consent

StateAge of MaleAge of FemaleEffective Dates
Alabama2118
Alaska21181917 - present
Arizona2118
Arkansas2118
California21187/29/21 - present
1815through 7/28/21
Colorado2118
Connecticutlaw not specific
Delaware2118
District of Columbia21181901-present
Florida2121
Georgia1718
Hawaii20186/6/69 - present
20201929 - 6/5/69
 2018through 1928
Idaho1818
Illinois2118
Indiana2118
Iowa2118
Kansas21181905 - present
Kentucky2121
Louisiana2121
Maine2118
Maryland21181920 - present
2116through 1919
Massachusetts2118
Michigan1818
Minnesota2118
Mississippino requisite age from 7/1/58 - present
2118through 6/30/58
Missouri2118
Montana2118
Nebraska21211921 - present
2118through 1920
Nevada2118
New Hampshire20181923 -present
18161907-1922
New Jersey2118
New Mexico2118
New York18189/1/74 -present
21181907 - 8/1/74
North Carolina1818
North Dakota2118
Ohio18181974 -present
21211923 - 1973
2118through 1922
Oklahoma2118
Oregon2118
Oregon2118
Pennsylvania2118
Rhode Islandlaw not specific
South Carolina18181911 -present
South Dakota2118
Tennessee16161937 -present
18181919 - 1936
1616through 1918
Texas2118
Utah2118
Vermont2118
Virginia2121
Washington2118
West Virginia2121
Wisconsin2118
Wyominglaw not specific
Puerto Rico2121

NOTE:  There is no provision for consent by parents and the age referred to is the minimum marriageable age fixed by statute in the following States:

  • Georgia

  • Michigan

  • South Carolina

  • Tennessee (for 1919 - 1936 and 1937 - present records).


To Link to this section - Use this URL:
http://policy.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0200302570
GN 00302.570 - Marriage Records - 10/06/2010
Batch run: 10/06/2010
Rev:10/06/2010