Clerk of the Peace Office
Hon. Loretta Wootten, - Clerk
555 Bay Rd Dover, DE 19901
(302) 744-2346 / Fax: (302) 760 - 4763
Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Mon. - Fri.
Licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00am - 4:15pm M-F
THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BEFORE A MARRIAGE LICENSE WILL BE ISSUED:
Both parties must appear together with positive ID (Valid Driver's license, or Valid State Issued ID, or Certified Birth Certificate, or Valid Passport, or Military ID Card).
RESIDENCY/WAITING PERIOD. Residents and non-residents must apply for a license 24 hours prior to the time of the ceremony.
VALIDITY. The Delaware license is only valid for 30 days from date of issue.
DIVORCED, ANNULLED, WIDOWED. All parties must produce a Certified Final Decree of divorce/annulment or a Certified Death Certificate. These will be returned at application.
If an applicant has divorced or dissolved a legal partnership and taken back their former name, they must bring the original or certified copy of the name change court documents. No photocopies accepted.
PAROLEES/PROBATIONISTS. An original letter of permission from the Probation Officer is required before a license will be issued.
MINORS. All applicants must be 18 years of age. Minors must petition Family Court for authorization to marry.
LICENSE FEE. The cost of a Delaware Marriage License is $50 for residents / $100 non-residents (Cash Only). Additional fee for ceremonies performed by the Clerk of the Peace office is $50 for residents / $100 non-residents (Cash Only). We regret we are unable to accept checks.
CERTIFIED COPIES. Certified copies are available from the County in which the license was obtained. Certified copies are $25 CASH.
OFFICE HOURS. Our hours of operation are from 8:00 AM - **5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
(**Marriage Licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00am - 4:15pm M-F)