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State-by-State Marriage "Age of Consent" Laws

The following is a state-by-state summary of the "age of consent" for marriage and other pertinent marriage information for the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico



Alabama The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age fourteen. However, this parental consent is not required if the minor has already been married. (Other statutory laws apply.) Common law marriage is recognized.
Alaska The age of consent is sixteen. Parties can marry at a younger age, also with parental consent. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Arizona The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at the age of sixteen. Parties can marry at a younger age, but with both parental and judicial consent.
Arkansas The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, females under the age of sixteen can marry with parental consent and can receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child.
California The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, there are no age limits regarding the minimum age for a couple to marry. (Other statutory laws apply.) California offers some spousal rights for registered same-sex domestic partners.
Colorado The age of consent is seventeen. Parties can marry at a younger age, also with parental consent. Common law marriage is recognized.
Connecticut The age of consent is sixteen in most relationships (except where one party is in a position of authority over the younger party). Parties can marry at a younger age, but with both parental and judicial consent. Like Vermont (see below), Connecticut permits same sex couples to be parties to a "civil union."
Delaware The age of consent is eighteen. Males can marry under the age of eighteen with parental consent and under the age of seventeen can receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. With parental consent, females can marry at age sixteen and under the age of sixteen can apply for and receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Florida The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age sixteen and parties under the age of sixteen can receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. However, this parental consent is not required if the minor has already been married. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Georgia The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and/or the consent of a judge, parties can marry at a younger age and receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriages are not recognized except for those that were entered into before 1997.
Hawaii The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and/or the consent of a judge, parties can marry at age fifteen. Hawaii offers some spousal rights for registered same-sex domestic partners. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Idaho The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age sixteen. Common law marriages are not recognized except for those that were entered into before 1997.
Illinois The age of consent is seventeen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age sixteen. If parents refuse to consent, judicial consent may be obtained on behalf of the parties. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Indiana The age of consent is sixteen. Parties under the age of sixteen can receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriages are not recognized except for those that were entered into before 1958.
Iowa The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and/or the consent of a judge, parties can marry at a younger age. Common law marriage is recognized.
Kansas The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and/or the consent of a judge, males can marry at age fourteen and females at age twelve. Common law marriage is recognized.
Kentucky The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and/or the consent of a judge, parties can marry under sixteen years of age. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Louisiana The age of consent is seventeen. Parties under seventeen years of age can marry with parental consent. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Maine The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age. Maine offers some spousal rights to registered same-sex domestic partners. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Maryland The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age and younger parties may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Parties giving consent must appear in person to give consent and provide proof of age if the parties seeking marriage are at least sixteen years old. Also, if one of the parents giving consent is ill both an affidavit by the ill parent and from a physician is required to submit. Common law marriage is recognized.
Massachusetts The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and/or the consent of a judge, males can marry at fourteen years of age and females can marry at the age of twelve. On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to recognize same-sex marriage. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Michigan The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Minnesota The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and/or the consent of the judge, parties can marry at a younger age. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Mississippi The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and/or the consent of the judge, males can marry at age seventeen and females can marry at age fifteen. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Missouri The age of consent is seventeen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age fifteen and younger parties may receive a license by reason of special circumstances. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Montana The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and/or consent of a judge, parties can marry at a younger age and younger parties may receive a license by reason of special circumstances. Common law marriage is recognized.
Nebraska The age of consent is seventeen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Nevada The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age. Common law marriage is not recognized.
New Hampshire The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent and the consent of the judge, males can marry at age fourteen and females can marry at age thirteen. Common law marriage is not recognized.
New Jersey The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age. Also, younger parties may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child or other special circumstances. New Jersey offers some spousal rights to registered same-sex domestic partners. Common law marriage is not recognized.
New Mexico The age of consent is seventeen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age sixteen and younger parties may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child or other special circumstances. Common law marriage is not recognized.
New York The age of consent is seventeen. With parental and judicial consent, parties can marry at age sixteen. Common law marriage is not recognized.
North Carolina The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age and younger parties may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriage is not recognized.
North Dakota The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age sixteen. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Ohio The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, males and females under the age of 16 can marry and younger parties may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Oklahoma The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry a younger age and younger parties may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriage is recognized.
Oregon The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age seventeen with the exception that if one party does not have a parent who resides in the state and one party has been a resident in Oregon for at least six months, then no permission is necessary. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Pennsylvania The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age and younger parties may receive a license by reason of special circumstances. Common law marriage is recognized.
Rhode Island The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent males can marry under age sixteen, females at fourteen, and younger parties may receive a license under special circumstances. Common law marriage is recognized.
South Carolina The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, males and females may marry at a younger age and younger parties may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriage is recognized.
South Dakota The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age and younger parties may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Tennessee The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age sixteen. Under special circumstances, younger minors can receive a license to marry. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Texas The age of consent is seventeen. With parental and judicial consent, parties can marry but not below the age of fourteen for males and thirteen for females. Common law marriage is recognized.
Utah The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age fourteen. However, this parental consent is not required if the minor has already been married. In addition, each county is authorized to provide premarital counseling before issuing a marriage license to applicants under the age of eighteen and those who are divorced. Common law marriage is recognized.
Vermont The age of consent is sixteen. With parental or judicial consent, parties can marry a younger age. Common law marriage is not recognized. In addition, a Vermont law, the first in the country, permits same-sex couples to be parties to a "civil union."
Virginia The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age sixteen and under the age of sixteen may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Washington The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age under special circumstances (such as the birth of a child). Common law marriage is not recognized.
West Virginia The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties under the age of sixteen may receive a license at a younger age by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Wisconsin The age of consent is eighteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at age sixteen. Common law marriage is not recognized.
Wyoming The age of consent is seventeen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age. They may obtain a license and marry at a younger age under special circumstances. Common law marriage is not recognized.
District Of Columbia The age of consent is sixteen. With parental consent, parties can marry at a younger age. However, this parental consent is not required if the minor has already been married. The District of Columbia offers some rights to registered same-sex domestic partners. Common law marriage is recognized.
Puerto Rico The age of consent is sixteen. Parties younger than sixteen may marry with parental consent. Younger males and females can marry with parental consent and receive a license by reason of pregnancy, the birth of a child, or other special circumstances. Common law marriage is not recognized.
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