Rev. BJ Pinkerton
Non-denominational Wedding Officiant
Oregon and Washington
Marriage License Information
In Oregon, and in Washington, your marriage license can come from any County and be good in that or any other County.
Your License is only good for 60 days. If you go over that time period, it becomes null and void and you would have start all over, including paying another fee.
Legally, you are supposed to have your Marriage License for 3 days before you can get married. A County can waive the 3 day waiting period, if asked. Sometimes there is a fee to waive the three days.
For those of you who live out of town, some Counties allow you to apply for your license by mail.
You need to have a Certified Copy of your signed Marriage License, in order to make any name changes, etc. You can either go back to the County where you got your License, and pay them another fee, (usually $7.50 in OR, $3.00 in WA) or you can pay for it when you purchase your Marriage License, and they will send it to you when completed.
It usually takes a couple of weeks (if you get married in the busy summer months) for the County to get your license recorded before you can get copies. A Certified copy is necessary to have if the bride is planning on changing her name and/or if the groom is going to put the bride on his Insurance, etc.
The DMV should probably be your first stop, then the Social Security Administration. I would suggest you visit these two establishments in person. That way, they can take care of the changes right in their computer.
The State of Washington laws are similar to Oregon and I'm a Licensed Officiant authorized to perform weddings there, also.
For more information, your best resource is always your County Clerk.
Thinking of Eloping or having "just" a Justice of the Peace type of ceremony?? Not a problem. Just let me know if you would like me to officiate for you at my home, your home or a park, etc.
Beautiful Same Sex ceremonies are also available. You can now be legally married in Oregon and Washington. WooHoo!
Lovely Celebrations of Life are a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed on. People or pets.
Pre-marital counseling is available, for those of you who would like a session. However, it is NOT a requirement.
Hypnotherapy/Regression is also available for those who wish to use this for their physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and to be more prepared to enter into a loving, lasting partnership.
Please don't hesitate to call or e-mail me for more information on any of these ceremonies.
Rev. BJ Pinkerton
6107 SW Murray Blvd., #242
Beaverton, OR 97008
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