How to Elope in Idaho

Are you wanting to elope in Idaho, but have no idea where to start? In this blog post, I'll go through what you need to get married legally, and how that will work for an adventurous elopement vs a traditional wedding. If you want to read more about what eloping is all about, click here! Let's get started!

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The Basics:

First, you'll have to appear in person together at a county recorder's office to get your marriage license. You should bring about $30 cash with you to cover the fees. It may be more expensive on the weekend, so going during a weekday is best!

You will need two forms of identification, your SSN plus another form for proof of identity and age, such as your driver's license. You can also bring a state-issued identification card, a passport, or your birth certificate. I brought as many documents as I could to mine just in case.

Marriage License Info:

You don't have to be a resident of Idaho to obtain an Idaho marriage license, but the ceremony must be preformed in Idaho.

There is no waiting period on the license, so you can get married the same day! This is perfect if you traveled here to elope, because it can be done all in the same day if needed!

There is no expiration date on the license, though it should be used within the year.

Both parties must read an AIDS information sheet and sign the Marriage License Affidavit.

Blood tests and witnesses are not required. If you chose to elope somewhere more private, this is great as well because we don't need to ask other random hikers, for example, to sign the license for you. In other states where witnesses are required, people who elope on a mountaintop usually ask the hikers they run into to sign as their witnesses! This is also super nice if it's just the two of you eloping alone, without guests.

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Now that you have your marriage license, you need an officiant to make it, well, official! An authorized clergy member, judge, or other designated official must perform the ceremony. Now, there's a couple options:

You can pick from a list of people to officiate. If it's religious, there is a designated official for that.

If you would prefer to have someone closer to you officiate, they can become ordained online if they so choose.

The last way you can do this is to have an actual legal ceremony, either with guests or not, and at a later date, go up in the mountains (or your choice of location) for vows and photos. Then, you will be able to read your vows privately to eachother, without anyone else present. As the photographer, I have a longer lens that will allow me to not be right in your faces, so I can still capture the moment while giving you space.

If you're ready to figure out how to plan the actual elopement itself, check out this blog post here that covers the main things in how to start planning an elopement!

"Memories made in the mountains stay in our hearts forever."

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