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Q: Marriage license ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Marriage license
Category: Family and Home
Asked by: jezlouise-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 02 Oct 2005 22:35 PDT
Expires: 01 Nov 2005 21:35 PST
Question ID: 575634
Do you need to disclose to your fiance that you have been married
before in order to get a marriage license in the same state that you
were married and divorced? What about if you get married in another

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 03 Oct 2005 00:02 PDT
Different states have different regulations. You'd better indicate,
which states you refer to.

Clarification of Question by jezlouise-ga on 03 Oct 2005 09:10 PDT
I was married in California, and could possibly get married in
California again. I possibly could get married also in Nevada though,
which makes me think if it is a different state, I won't have to
disclose my previous marriage.
Subject: Re: Marriage license
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 03 Oct 2005 21:39 PDT
Hi jezlouise,

Seems you do need to disclose the prior marriage, both in CA and NV.
Nevada does seem easier with no requirement to bring a copy of the
divorce decree, however, you will need the exact date and location
(county) of the final divorvce decree of any prior marriage,
regardless of the location you choose.

California Marriage License, Registration and Ceremony Information
..."If you have been married before, you will need to know the
specific date your last marriage ended, and how it ended (Death,
Dissolution, Divorce or Nullity). Some counties may require a copy of
the final judgment if your previous marriage ended by dissolution or

Download a copy of the "Application for Certified Copy of Marriage or
Divorce Record" (from California)

Nevada County Clerk Marriage License FAQ's
..."How does a divorced person apply for a Marriage License?
You must provide the final date, month and year the decree was issued,
as well as the City, State and County where it was granted.  You are
not required to provide a copy of the final decree..."

Check this out:

Clark County Nevada - Marriage License Requirements:
..."Requirements for U.S. citizens and non U.S. citizens are the same.

    It is suggested that non U.S. citizens check with your local
officials for special documents that may be needed to ensure that your
marriage will be recognized in your country.

   Applicants must be a Male and a Female, at least 18 years of age,
and not nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half blood,
and not having a husband or wife living.

   Applicants may be required to prove their age. Those not having
acceptable identification to prove age may be refused a marriage
license. (Faxed copies, damaged identification, privately issued I.D.,
check cashing cards or photocopies of identification are

    Social Security Numbers are required on the Affidavit of
Application for a Marriage License. Please know your Social Security
Number. Those without knowledge of their Social Security Number may be
refused a marriage license.  It is recognized that non U.S. citizens
will not have a Social Security Number.

NOTE:  AS OF JANUARY 1, 2003, THE FEE IS  $55.00     

You can apply for the license online (for Clark County/Las Vegas) here:
If you do it online, you could do it privately...  

I hope this helps...


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Subject: Re: Marriage license
From: myoarin-ga on 03 Oct 2005 14:43 PDT
I can understand that you would prefer not to, and maybe you don't
have to where you live, but I can also envision scenarios about it one
day becoming known that you had been married.  It's a small world;
you're living in the same state still, you can still run into old
acquaintances and erstwhile colleagues, and your partner can too, and
so on  - one day your ex just happening to be at the "ball game" when
you both are.
I'd think about telling your fiance now, rather than living with the secret.

Maybe the circumstances are such that you know this could never happen, fine.
You don't have to tell us anything, I just wanted to make the suggestion.
Good luck, Myoarin
Subject: Re: Marriage license
From: steph53-ga on 03 Oct 2005 15:20 PDT
I have to agree with myoarin. If you are making a commitment of
marriage, why for heaven's sake, are you not close enough with your
fiance' to share the fact that you were married once before?

As myoarin points out, its a small world out there. Secrets of this
magnitude should not be kept from a future husband.

My 2 cents

Subject: Re: Marriage license
From: sparse_prose-ga on 30 Oct 2005 15:21 PST
There is a *moral* obligation to inform your future spouse of previous
marriages, yes...

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