While planning your wedding in Arizona, you will need to obtain an Arizona marriage license. Marriage licenses have been delegated by The Superior Court of the State of Arizona, to be issued by each and every county. A wedding license issued by any AZ County is valid as a license for marriage in any AZ County (for instance, you can use a Maricopa County Marriage License in Pima County, etc.). Once purchased, the Arizona marriage license must be used within one year.
In most counties, the license is a two-piece marriage certificate. The top part is a family heirloom, suitable for framing. The bottom part of the certificate is a stub that will be recorded with all the public records in the county from which it was purchased. Some are still a one-piece document that gets recorded. The recorded license stub or one-piece document becomes the subject of “certified copies.”
If either partner intends to change a name after the ceremony at The Social Security Administration or Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles, a certified copy of the stub will be needed.
In most counties a certified copy can be prepaid at the time you apply for the license or paid any time afterwards. The County Recorders office will mail it directly to you.
Your county marriage license allows any judge or duly ordained minister to officiate your wedding ceremony. All county marriage licenses must be signed by the couple, two witnesses age 18 or over, and the officiating minister.