Maryland Blogger: Montgomery County has become Marry-land during the Trump Shutdown

Montgomery County has become Marry-land during the Trump Shutdown

Montgomery County has become Marry-land during the Trump Shutdown


Because of the government shutdown, the D.C. Superior Court is closed, meaning D.C. residents cannot go to the Marriage Bureau to get a marriage license.


Marry-land has invited D.C. residents to come to Montgomery County to obtain a marriage license.

How to Obtain a Marriage License in Montgomery County

It takes about 15 minutes to complete an application for a marriage license at the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Here’s some of the key rules to remember when applying for your license.

  1. In order to receive a marriage license from the Montgomery County Circuit Court, you must get married in Montgomery County, Maryland.
  2. Licenses should be purchased at least 48 hours before wedding ceremonies.
  3. Marriage licenses are valid for six months.
  4. In order to receive a license, you must pay a $55 marriage application and license fee (you can pay in cash or credit card; checks and America Express cards aren’t accepted).

The License Department is located on the North Tower 1st Floor in the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Room 1300. The office distributes marriage licenses from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

More information can be found here.


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Comment balloon 14 commentsRoy Kelley • January 04 2019 06:26PM


Hello Roy,  Wow, never figure that this would be a problem with the shutdown of the government.  Have a good day.  Almost 5 million!!!

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 8 months ago

Will Hamm 

Thousands of families in our area are adversely impacted by the Trump shutdown.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

The government shutdown is hurling a lot of individuals. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 8 months ago

I had to smile at your #4 item, Roy.  I thought it cute that they don't accept credit cards, or checks.  Can you imagine someone contesting the charge afterward?

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

Love is in the air in Marry-Land! Not a bad reason to go to Montgomery County!

Posted by Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) 8 months ago

When people want to get married, government shut down or not they will find a way. 

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty (Regal | Christie's International Real Estate) 8 months ago

Will Hamm 

This post is available for reblogs. You should be able to do it.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Good that your community can offer some relief during the Trump Shutdown, it's looking like he will be extending this as long as possible.

Posted by Sally Crane, Woodland appraisal support. (WMS) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy.  I hope that everyone who gets their license in Marry-land will live happily forever after.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 8 months ago

Gabe Sanders 

Chef Dolores and I attended the wedding of her brother which was held in the Montgomery County offices. They do a great job and it is much less expensive than renting a facility for a wedding.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

I love that they call it Marry-land, Roy! I'd rather get married there than in DC anyway, wouldn't you?!! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 7 months ago

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