Marriage Licenses
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To insure that your application can be processed the same day please arrive no later than 4pm. Our building hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm. 

You can apply for a marriage license in any vital records office in Minnesota for a ceremony occurring within the state of Minnesota. To apply for a marriage license go to and fill out the online application, which stays in the system for 90 days. To receive your marriage license BOTH applicants must appear in person to sign, show ID and pay the license fee within that 90 days. The fee for a marriage license is $115 unless a premarital education statement is provided, then the fee is reduced to $40.  A marriage license is good for 6 months after it is purchased. 

Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check or money order (payable to Dodge County). We also accept credit cards for payment, however, there is an additional 4% service fee.

*The Dodge County Court House does NOT have an officiant onsite to perform marriages.*

*REMINDER: Officiants must pay to have their credentials filed somewhere in the state of Minnesota before performing a legal marriage*

Premarital Education Requirements
In order to receive a reduced rate applicants must provide an original Premarital Education Statement that meets specific criteria. The attached sample letter is an example of a compliant educator's statement.

Request for Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate
If you are looking for a certified copy of your marriage certificate, and you were married in Minnesota, go to to find the county where it is filed. Once you find the county it is filed in, you will need to contact that county to request a certified copy of your Marriage Certificate. 

If your marriage was recorded in Dodge County you can request a copy over the phone, mail or email. If you would like to request your certificate through the mail, please complete the attached request form and mail it to: Dodge County Vitals Records at 721 Main Street North, Mantorville, MN 55955.   Each certified copy you request is $9.00. 

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