marriage license
marriage license n: a written authorization for the marriage of a named man and woman that is granted by a legally qualified government official

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

marriage license
n.
A document issued by the state authorizing two people to marry within a stated period of time.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


marriage license
A document that authorizes a couple to get married, usually available from the county clerk's office in the state where the marriage will take place. Couples pay a small fee for a marriage license, and must often wait a few days before it is issued. In addition, a few states require a short waiting period — usually not more than a day — between the time the license is issued and the time the marriage may take place. And some states still require blood tests for couples before they will issue a marriage license, though most no longer do.
Category: Divorce & Family Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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