While wedding season is generally late spring through early fall, Las Vegas sees its greatest uptick in marriage license requests in February—it might have something to do with Valentine's Day falling so close to the long weekend leading up to Presidents' Day. Whatever the cause, the Marriage License Bureau in Las Vegas is often inundated around this time of year.
“The days around Valentine’s Day and the Presidents' Day weekend are always some of our busiest,” Clark County Clerk Lynn Goya says. “This pop-up marriage license office will make it easier for couples flying here to pick up a marriage license.”
The pop-up office will be open in the Terminal 1 baggage claim area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Feb. 9 through Feb. 17, accounting for Valentine's Day (February 14) and Chinese New Year (February 16). This way, couples flying in for a wedding in Las Vegas during that time will have their paperwork settled before they even pick up the rental car. Those driving in for their nuptials are also welcome to stop by the pop-up office—baggage claim is outside the bounds of security checkpoints, so there's no plane ticket necessary.
The pop-up is just a courtesy; couples can still head to the Marriage Bureau's main office in downtown Las Vegas, which is open every day from 8 a.m. to midnight. To expedite the process in either location, couples should fill out the pre-application on Clark County's official website.
Be sure to read in full what is required to obtain a marriage license there—a good rule of thumb for any destination wedding. For example, those getting married in Las Vegas have to show proper identification and pay $77 to secure a marriage license.
The Marriage License Bureau in Las Vegas is one of the busiest in the nation, issuing about 80,000 marriage licenses each year. In the days leading up to and including Valentine's Day, the office issues about 1,500 licenses, doubling the number of licenses issued during a non-holiday period.