Ramsey County begins accepting same-sex marriage license applications

Following legislation legalizing same-sex marriage that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law on May 14, Ramsey County began accepting same-sex marriage license applications on Thursday, June 6.

Licenses will not be issued until Thursday, Aug. 1, at 12:01 a.m. Also beginning that day, Minnesota will recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples that took place in other states.

In Minnesota, there is a five-day waiting period before a marriage license can be issued, so in order for a marriage license to be obtained on Aug. 1, applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Friday, July 26.

To prepare for the influx of couples wishing to acquire their license, the Ramsey County Vital Records Office, located at 555 Cedar St. in St. Paul, will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1. Two additional locations will have expanded early-hour service that day:

-Como Park Conservatory, Como Park, St. Paul, midnight to 9 a.m.

-Irvine Park, 251 Walnut St., St. Paul, 7 to 9 a.m.

Licenses obtained in Ramsey County are valid for six months and may be used in any other county in the state. Per Minnesota statute, there is a $115 fee for marriage licenses. This fee can be lowered to $40 if a couple completes 12 hours of pre-marital counseling.

Marriage license applications are available at the Ramsey County Vital Records office at 555 Cedar Street in St. Paul or online at http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/vr/marriage_licenses.htm. For more information about marriage licenses and policies, visit http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/index.htm.

— Johanna Holub

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