Appendix 5: Comparison of Notice Periods

TIME FOR NOTICE of Intended Marriage in Other Countries:

This is a representative sample of other countries and that not all countries of the world are included due to time constraints in doing the tedious up-to-date research on a volunteer basis.

Country

Notice Time

Notes

CANADA

 

Canadian Provinces (ie: states) A Marriage Commissioner is a Civil Celebrant:

Alberta, British Columbia New Brunswick, Northwest Territory, Nunavut, Ontario and Prince Edward Island

No waiting period

 

Manitoba Saskatchewan, Yukon

24 hours

Between issuance of license and ceremony.

Newfoundland and Labrador

8 days

4 days between application for and issuance of license and a further 4-day wait between the time the clergy or marriage commissioner receives the license and when the ceremony takes place.

Nova Scotia

5 days

Between application for and issuance of license.

Quebec

20 days

Between issuance of license and ceremony for purposes of publication of banns, an old tradition that simply entails posting a wedding announcement at the prospective venue for your ceremony. A Court Clerk or your wedding officiant will assist you.

USA

 

United States wait between getting Marriage License and the actual ceremony within each State's jurisdiction

Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas;

California; Colorado; Connecticut; Georgia; Hawaii; 

Idaho; Indiana; Kentucky;
Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico;  North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Rhode Island; South Dakota;  Tennessee; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wyoming;

None

 

Florida

No waiting period

For Florida residents have both completed a state sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last 12 months.

Florida

Three-(3) day waiting period

For Florida residents who have not taken the course.

Illinois; New York; South Carolina;

24 hours

 

Delaware

24 hours  (non-residents 4 days)

If both of you are nonresidents, there is a 96 hours waiting period.

Maryland;

48 hours

(ie 2 days)

 

Alaska;

Iowa;

Three (3) business days

 

Kansas; Maine; Massachusetts; Michigan; Missouri; Missouri; 

New Hampshire; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Washington;

Three (3) days

 

Louisiana; Mississippi; New Jersey; Texas; New Jersey;

 72 hours (ie 3 days)

Out-of-state couples can get married in New Orleans without the 72-hour wait.

District of Columbia; Minnesota;

Five (5) days

 

Wisconsin:

 Six (6) days

 

Sweden

No wait

But local laws on Certificate of no impediment apply

Costa Rica  

No wait

(If not previously married or if not pregnant)

 Italy

   
 

No wait

Non-residents

 

2 Sundays for Banns

Residents of Italy

Dominican Republic

No wait

 

Denmark

Depends

On locales (Kommune) rules & documentation

Dominica (Caribbean Island nation)

2 days

 

 

New Zealand

3 days

 

Mexico 

2 or 3 days wait

Depends on state laws, if divorced year wait

UK Isles

   

Guernsey

one day

 

Isle of Man

3 days

 

Jersey

7 days

 

Bahamas 

24 hours

 

Belize 

   
 

1 day

 
 

3 days

If non-resident

Philippines 

10 days

Local jurisdictions   

Belgium  

10 days

 

Bermuda 

15 days

 

UK

   

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales  

15 clear days

 

Spain  

21 days wait

 

Australia

1 month

 

Russian Federation

   
 

32 days

 

Ireland

   

Republic of Ireland

3 months

 

Germany

Up to 6 week wait

 

Up to local jurisdiction

Egypt 

   
 

None listed

 
 

3 Months

If Divorced

 

4 months 10 days

If widowed

Greece 

Local paperwork times

Can use non-Greece Marriage licence / notice

Lebanon

Up to local jurisdiction

Very complicated, no Civil weddings

Slovenia

Each locale

Has own requirements

As one can see our present month (and a day) wait is at the extreme end of waits after notice (or marriage license) has been given.  Note also that virtually all of our civil couples have been living together (or dating) for over a year (unlike other religiously or culturally conservative dominated countries):
 

Charles Foley 
HCN Delegate
CoCA Online Forum 31 October 2011

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