Marriage Licenses
A marriage license is required to be considered legally married in the state of North Dakota. Licenses  are available for purchase from the Williams County Auditor's Office, Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 4:45 pm. 

Please contact the Auditor's Office by calling 701-577-4500 to obtain a pre-application before coming in. Once you have received the pre-application, please fill it out electronically and return it to the Auditor's Office.

Marriage licenses can only be obtained in-person at the Auditor's Office and both parties must be presented. Please bring with you:
  • Current photo IDs
  • Certified Divorce papers (if you are widowed, we do not need a death certificate) 
  • $65 cash or $68 with a credit card; checks are not accepted
  • Please do not bring children or extra people with you 
Once the marriage license is obtained a ceremony, conducted by an officiant and attended by two witnesses, must occur within 60 days for the marriage to be considered legal. There is no waiting period; you can get married right away. Once the officiant and witnesses sign the license, the license must be returned to the Auditor's Office within 5 business days of the ceremony. If the ceremony does not occur within 60 days, the license will expire and a new one will need to be obtained.

Certified copies of marriage licenses can also be obtained from the Auditor's Office for $10 per copy. A certified copy of a marriage license is required to complete a legal name change or to prove a marriage occurred.

Search for marriage licenses here: Marriage Search

    Beth M. Innis   - Auditor

    Williams County Administration Building
    1st Floor

    206 E Broadway
    PO Box 2047
    Williston, ND 58802-2047

    701-577-4510 (fax)

    8:00 AM-5:00 PM

    206 East Broadway
    Williston, ND 58801

    Mailing Address:
    PO Box 2047
    Williston, ND 58802-2047


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