Marriage Licensing

Application Information

Apply in Person

Applicants may apply in person at the Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office, during regular business hours.

 Monday through Thursday (except legal holidays)
 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 207 N. 4th Avenue
 Kelso, WA 98626

A $72.00 fee is collected at the time of issuance of the marriage license.  We accept cash, personal check, debit/credit cards, or money orders.  A service fee will apply when using a debit/credit card.

Apply by Mail

Applicants who are unable to apply for a marriage license in person may go before a notary to complete the paperwork. Once this has been done, the completed paperwork and payment of $72.00 cash, personal check, debit/credit cards, or money order, must be returned to the Auditor’s Office for issuance of the marriage license packet.

If the application is not completed correctly, a marriage license cannot be issued. Be sure to include current contact information and payment with the application.

Click here to open the Marriage Application by mail or click here to download a PDF version of the form.

Application Requirements 

  • All couples must wait 3 days after issuance of their marriage license, before the ceremony can be performed.
  • The marriage license must be used in the State of Washington within 60 days of the date of issuance.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older in order to apply for a license. If the applicant is 17 years of age, they must have parental/legal guardian consent to apply for a marriage license. Click here to download form. Parents/legal guardians may come in with the couple and be sworn in, prior to signing the consent affidavit, or they may sign a notarized statement of consent. 

Who May Perform a Ceremony

More information regarding individuals authorized to perform a ceremony (solemnize marriage) is  outlined in statute, Revised code of Washington RCW 26.04.050.

The Cowlitz County Chaplain performs marriages and can be reached by calling 360-425-7222.

It is the responsibility of the individual performing your ceremony to return the Marriage Certificate to the Cowlitz County Auditor's Office within thirty (30) days of your marriage. This is the official Marriage Certificate that is recorded with the County Auditor's Office and Washington State Department of Health.

Certified Copies

A certified copy of your marriage certificate may be obtained by written or in-person request to our office.  The charge for a certified copy is $3.00.  (Please note: You will NOT automatically receive a copy - it must be requested.)

Searching for Marriage Certificates

You may search our marriage records from 1986 to date, online.

Link to Auditor's Public Record Search.

You may also search and order marriage records from Cowlitz County, and other counties in Washington, utilizing the Washington State Digital Archives database.

Notice - not all counties in Washington utilize the digital archives database.

Link to Washington State Digital Archives.

The Center for Health Statistics in the Washington State Department of Health is responsible for issuing certified copies of vital records for events that occurred within the state of Washington.

Link to Center for Health Statistics in the Washington State Department of Health.