Dakota County process and manages Marriage Licenses that are
issued in our County. We do
records for any other County. If you are looking for a statewide
search, please contact
How do I get a marriage License?
- The issuance of Marriage Licenses preferred hours are
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays.
Licenses will be issued until the closing of the courthouse;
however, arriving after 3:30 p.m. may result in delay from
issuing a license the same day.
- Both applicants must be at least 19 years of age without
- Parental consent required for applicants who are 17 or 18
years of age. The
parental consent forms are also available at the County
Clerk's office. You cannot marry
in Nebraska if you are under 17.
- One form of identification is required-i.e. Drivers
License or Passport and Birth Certificate
- Drivers License/ID: Must be U.S.
- Passport: Must be issued by a
- If a Drivers License or Passport is not available for
use as Identification. We will accept a Birth
Certificate but only if you have an additional form of
Government issued photo-identification translated into
English if it is in another language accompanying the Birth
Certificate. A birth certificate by itself cannot
positively establish identity. The birth certificate must be
in English or have been translated into English by one of
the translators registered with our office. The original
birth certificate must be presented at the time of the
PLEASE NOTE: The supplemental photo ID
provided must be in English or translated into English.
(SEE A LIST OF
TRANSLATORS FURTHER DOWN THIS PAGE)
- Need to know birthplace of bride and groom.
- Need full names and birthplaces of both parents.
- Need mother’s maiden name.
- If the applicant/s had a previous marriage, we will need
to know the date the marriage ended(Date of divorce decree or
date of death).
- Blood test: Not required.
- If you are getting married in any other state than
Nebraska you must get the marriage license in that state.
- Licenses are good for one year from date of issuance,
Therefore, the couple has to be married within one year. The
couple must reapply for another license if the first license
- A couple may apply for a marriage license in any county
in Nebraska and use it to be married in any other Nebraska
county. A Nebraska marriage license is good only in Nebraska,
you cannot get married in Iowa or any other state with a
Nebraska marriage license.
- To receive a certified copy of a Dakota County marriage
license we need to receive $9.00 (check or money order). We now
collect this fee at the time the license is issued unless
*You may print out and print on the
Marriage Worksheet prior to coming in*
Translators of Birth Certificates
Galdino Guzman (712-223-1983)
Susanna Torrez (1401 Pine Street, Dakota City 402-494-6867)
Christina Martinez (712-251-2077)
Our office will also accept
Certified Translation of other languages from
What are the fees?
Marriage License: $25.00
Certified Copy: $9.00
These fees are pursuant to
Neb. Rev. Stat. 33-110
How do I get a Certified Copy?
Certified copies will only be issued to the person named in the
document, their immediate family, legal guardians, or legal
representatives & Government Officials. Legal Guardians and legal
representatives must provide a copy of the document authorizing
guardianship or representation. The applicant must provide photo
You may come into our office located at 1601 Broadway, Dakota
City NE to obtain a certified copy. Or you can print out
application for certified copy of marriage certificate and fill it out then mail it to:
Dakota County Clerk
PO Box 39
Dakota City, NE 68731
Certified Copy Fee: $9.00 (we can accept Cash, Check, or Money
PLEASE NOTE: If the Marriage License was issued in any other
county, you will need to obtain a certified copy through Vital
Records in Lincoln. These are provided by them at a cost of $16.00
per certified copy.
Application for Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate
How do I Amend my marriage license?
In a situation where you need to amend your marriage license
(such as an incorrect spelling or incorrect information) you will
need to amend the marriage license through Vital Records in Lincoln.
This is done through an application which will need to be submitted
Amended Marriage License Application & Instructions.