Utah launches digital application for marriage licenses

February 7, 2020 GMT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Residents getting married in Utah can now get their marriage licenses online, county officials said.

The state auditor’s office has already launched the digital application process on its website, KUTV-TV reported Thursday.

Most states require the couple to appear in person, fill out paperwork and present identification, a process some clerks have called labor-intensive.

“You and your significant other handed that to one of our clerks, who then re-typed everything you had just handwritten,” clerk Amelia Powers Gardner said, citing the possibility of human error.

Utah County issues about 10,000 marriage licenses each year, county officials said.

“Typically if you go from 10,000 marriage licenses a year to 15,000, you have to hire another person, and with that person comes full-time wages, full-time benefits, full-time pensions,” Gardner said.

The 10-minute online process requires both people to use one smartphone or computer to fill out a form and take pictures of themselves and their IDs so the system can verify identities, officials said. The couple is then emailed a PDF document with the marriage license, officials said.