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State waiting times for remarriage after divorce

Some states require divorced couples to wait an additional number of days before applying for a marriage license.

Many people want to move on with their lives immediately after they receive their divorce decree. However, depending on what state you live in, you could face additional waiting times when remarrying.

Some states require all couples to wait up to 6 days to receive a marriage license. Divorced couples may face an additional remarriage waiting period, up to 90 days.

Marriage waiting periods by state
  To remarry after divorce To apply for a marriage license
Alabama 60 days No restrictions
Alaska No restrictions 3 business days
Arizona No restrictions No restrictions
Arkansas No restrictions No restrictions
California No restrictions No restrictions
Colorado No restrictions No restrictions
Connecticut No restrictions No restrictions
Delaware No restrictions 24 hours for residents, 96 hours for non-residents
District of Columbia No restrictions 5 days
Florida No restrictions 3 days
Georgia No restrictions No restrictions
Hawaii No restrictions No restrictions
Idaho No restrictions No restrictions
Illinois No restrictions 24 hours
Indiana No restrictions No restrictions
Iowa No restrictions 3 business days
Kansas 30 days 3 days
Kentucky No restrictions No restrictions
Louisiana No restrictions 72 hours
Maine No restrictions 3 days
Maryland No restrictions 48 hours
Massachusetts Up to 90 days, varies by county 3 days
Michigan No restrictions 3 days
Minnesota No restrictions 5 days
Mississippi No restrictions No restrictions
Missouri No restrictions 3 days
Montana No restrictions No restrictions
Nebraska No restrictions 6 months
Nevada No restrictions No restrictions
New Hampshire No restrictions 3 days
New Jersey No restrictions 72 hours
New Mexico No restrictions No restrictions
New York No restrictions 24 hours
North Carolina No restrictions No restrictions
North Dakota No restrictions No restrictions
Ohio No restrictions No restrictions
Oklahoma No restrictions No restrictions
Oregon No restrictions 3 days
Pennsylvania No restrictions 3 days
Rhode Island No restrictions No restrictions
South Carolina No restrictions 24 hours
South Dakota No restrictions No restrictions
Tennessee No restrictions No restrictions
Texas 30 days 72 hours
Utah No restrictions No restrictions
Vermont No restrictions No restrictions
Virginia No restrictions No restrictions
Washington No restrictions 3 days
West Virginia No restrictions No restrictions
Wisconsin 6 months 6 days
Wyoming No restrictions No restrictions

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