Marriages in Hawai'i
This page does not provide legal advice or assistance. This page is meant to provide generic information about marriages in Hawai'i, as a way to help you get started. Additionally, rules and regulations may change over time, so please confirm any information with the appropriate resources. If you discover outdated information or links, or have additional questions, please contact the Office of the Bishop by e-mail.
You will need to obtain a Performer License from the state's Department of Health HERE.
If you are an Episcopal priest who is not canonically resident or licensed in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i, you will need to obtain temporary permission from Bishop in order to officiate in the Diocese of Hawai'i. To request permission, please complete the following and send to Bishop Fitzpatrick:
The priest shall register the marriage at the church where the ceremony takes place. If it takes place at a location other than a church (ex: beach or hotel), the marriage is to be registered at a church near the venue. Please visit the "Our Churches" page for a listing of churches by island and contact the church directly for assistance.
Canonically resident and licensed clergy in the Diocese of Hawai'i will find the required forms on the "Forms and Documents" page (scroll to "Marriage").
Info for Couples
Obtaining a marriage license is relatively easy – the application is done online and you have to appear before a marriage license agent to finalize the application. See the information under "Licenses" on this page for links and additional information.
If you want an Episcopal priest in Hawai'i to marry you in either a church or outdoors, please contact the priests directly to inquire as to their availability and the requirements. You'll find church information, including clergyperson names on the "Our Churches" page.
If you have an Episcopal clergyperson from another Diocese who will officiate in Hawai'i, he/she will need to do two things:
Additional information is in the "Out-of-State Clergy" section on this page.
One note for those desiring an outdoor wedding that is on public property (ex: on a beach), a permit is required. Visit the website of the Department of Land and Natural Resources HERE to learn more.
A marriage license permits a marriage to take place.
Applying for a marriage license in Hawaii is done online, through the state's Department of Health website. Make sure to read the instructions, as well as about eligibility and requirements. There's also an instructional video about Hawaii's electronic application system HERE.
Application Instructions are HERE and the online portion of the application process begins HERE.
Note that the couple will still need to appear before a marriage license agent in order to finalize the application process.
A marriage certificate is the document that indicates a legal marriage has taken place.
The marriage certificate is prepared and filed by your licensed marriage officiant or performer with the Department of Health.
If copies of a marriage certificate are needed, you can apply for one or more additional certified copies.