Can you be married without a license?
In other jurisdictions, a license is not required. In some jurisdictions, a "pardon" can be obtained for marrying without a license, and in some jurisdictions, common-law marriages and marriage by cohabitation and representation are also recognized. These do not require a marriage license.
Is it illegal to marry without a license?
Yes. The marriage license must be reviewed by the marriage officiant prior to solemnizing the marriage. Any person who solemnizes a marriage without first reviewing the license is guilty of a misdemeanor (Penal Code, Section 360).
Can you get married without the other person being there?
A proxy wedding or proxy marriage is a wedding in which one or both of the individuals being united are not physically present, usually being represented instead by other persons. Proxy weddings are not recognized as legally binding in most jurisdictions: both parties must be present.
Why do you need a license to marry?
What is a marriage license and why is it so important? "A marriage license is a legal document signifying the marriage as a legal union. It needs to be signed by the bride, groom, officiant, and sometimes witnesses," says Ashley Bourque, a wedding planner at Chancey Charm Weddings.
What is it called when you get married without a marriage license?
The most important thing to understand about a commitment ceremony is that it does not involve laws or government agencies in any way; there's no license or certificate, and the participants' legal status does not change.
What makes someone legally married?
Common Law Marriage: An Overview. Marriage is a legal union between two people that requires a license and ceremony in most states. But in a handful of states, if you and your partner have been living together and behaving as if you are married, you may have what's known as a common law marriage.