Marriage Age by State

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The minimum marriage age in the United States varies from state to state, with some states allowing marriages at a much younger age than others. Most states have a minimum marriage age with parental consent of 16 years old, some states have a minimum marriage age that goes as high as 18 years old such as Kentucky and Louisiana, while other states go as low as 14 like Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The general marriage age, without parental consent, is consistent at 18 in most states except for Nebraska, where it is 19, and Mississippi, where it is 21.

It is worth noting that while the minimum marriage age is set by state law, there are federal laws that prohibit marriage between certain individuals, such as close relatives. In addition, states also implement regulations about the age of consent, which refers to the age at which a person is considered legally able to consent to sexual activity. In some states, the age of consent is lower than the minimum marriage age, which means that while someone may be legally allowed to engage in sexual activity, they are not legally allowed to get married. On the other hand, in some states, the age of consent is higher than the minimum marriage age, which means that someone may be legally allowed to get married but not legally allowed to engage in sexual activity. This can create a conflict between the two laws.

Legal Marriage Age by State

StateMinimum Marriage Age ( parental consent)Minimum Marriage Age ( without parental consent)Common Law Marriage
New Hampshire 14 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Hawaii 15 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Kansas 15 Years Old 18 Years OldYes
Missouri 15 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Alabama 16 Years Old 18 Years OldYes
Alaska 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Arizona 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Colorado 16 Years Old 18 Years OldYes
Idaho 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Illinois 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Iowa 16 Years Old 18 Years OldYes
Louisiana 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Maine 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Maryland 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Montana 16 Years Old 18 Years OldYes
New Jersey 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
New Mexico 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
North Carolina 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
North Dakota 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Oklahoma 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
South Carolina 16 Years Old 18 Years OldYes
South Dakota 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Tennessee 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Utah 16 Years Old 18 Years OldYes
Vermont 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Virginia 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Wisconsin 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Wyoming 16 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Arkansas 17 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Florida 17 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Georgia 17 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Indiana 17 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Nebraska 17 Years Old 19 Years OldNo
Nevada 17 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Ohio 17 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Oregon 17 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Texas 17 Years Old 18 Years OldYes
Washington 17 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Connecticut 18 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Delaware 18 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Kentucky 18 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Massachusetts 18 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Michigan 18 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Minnesota 18 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
New York 18 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Pennsylvania 18 Years Old 18 Years OldNo
Rhode Island 18 Years Old 18 Years OldYes
West Virginia 18 Years Old 18 Years OldNo

Minimum Marriage Age by State

The minimum marriage age with parental consent varies significantly by state in the US. In total, there are 36 states that allow marriages at 16 years old. There are 5 states that allow marriage at 17 years old – Arkansas, Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon, and Washington. Three states have a minimum marriage age at the age of 18 – Kentucky, Louisiana, and West Virginia. Two states have a minimum marriage age of 15 years old, Hawaii and Missouri, and two states have the lowest minimum marriage age, which is 14 years old. Those states are Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Age of Marriage by State

Alabama

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16 Years Old

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In Alabama, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Alaska

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16 Years Old

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In Alaska, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Arizona

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16 Years Old

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In Arizona, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 18 years old.

Arkansas

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17 Years Old

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No

In Arkansas, the minimum marriage age is 17 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Colorado

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16 Years Old

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In Colorado, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 17 years old.

Connecticut

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18 Years Old

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In Connecticut, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Delaware

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18 Years Old

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In Delaware, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 18 years old.

Florida

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17 Years Old

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In Florida, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 18 years old.

Georgia

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17 Years Old

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In Georgia, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Hawaii

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15 Years Old

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In Hawaii, the minimum marriage age is 15 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Idaho

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16 Years Old

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In Idaho, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 18 years old.

Illinois

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16 Years Old

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In Illinois, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 17 years old.

Indiana

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17 Years Old

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No

In Indiana, the minimum marriage age is 17 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Iowa

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16 Years Old

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In Iowa, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Kansas

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15 Years Old

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In Kansas, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Kentucky

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18 Years Old

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No

In Kentucky, the minimum marriage age is 18 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Louisiana

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16 Years Old

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In Louisiana, the minimum marriage age is 18 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 17 years old.

Maine

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16 Years Old

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In Maine, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Maryland

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16 Years Old

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In Maryland, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Massachusetts

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18 Years Old

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In Massachusetts, the minimum marriage age is 14 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Michigan

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18 Years Old

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In Michigan, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Minnesota

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18 Years Old

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In Minnesota, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Missouri

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15 Years Old

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In Missouri, the minimum marriage age is 15 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 17 years old.

Montana

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16 Years Old

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In Montana, the minimum marriage age is 16 years old, the general marriage age is 18, and the age of consent is 16 years old.

Nebraska

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17 Years Old

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19 Years Old

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In Nebraska, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 17 years old, and without parental consent, it is 19 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

Nevada

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17 Years Old

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In Nevada, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

New Hampshire

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14 Years Old

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In New Hampshire, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 14 years old for males and 13 years old for females, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

New Jersey

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16 Years Old

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In New Jersey, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

New Mexico

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16 Years Old

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In New Mexico, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 17 years old.

New York

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In New York, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 17 years old.

North Carolina

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16 Years Old

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In North Carolina, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

North Dakota

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16 Years Old

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In North Dakota, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 18 years old.

Ohio

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17 Years Old

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In Ohio, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

Oklahoma

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16 Years Old

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In Oklahoma, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

Oregon

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17 Years Old

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In Oregon, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 17 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 18 years old.

Pennsylvania

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18 Years Old

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In Pennsylvania, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

Rhode Island

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18 Years Old

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In Rhode Island, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

South Carolina

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16 Years Old

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In South Carolina, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

South Dakota

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16 Years Old

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In South Dakota, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

Tennessee

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16 Years Old

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No

In Tennessee, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 18 years old.

Texas

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17 Years Old

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18 Years Old

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In Texas, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 17 years old.

Utah

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16 Years Old

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In Utah, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 18 years old.

Vermont

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16 Years Old

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In Vermont, the legal marriage age with parental consent is 16 years old, and without parental consent, it is 18 years old. The age of consent is 16 years old.

Virginia

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16 Years Old

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In Virginia, the legal marriage age is 16 years old with parental consent and 18 without consent, while the age of consent is 18 years old.

Washington

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In Washington, the legal marriage age is 17 years old with parental consent and 18 without consent, while the age of consent is 16 years old.

West Virginia

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18 Years Old

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In West Virginia, the legal marriage age is 18 years old both with and without parental consent, while the age of consent is 16 years old.

Wisconsin

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16 Years Old

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In Wisconsin, the legal marriage age is 16 years old with parental consent and 18 without consent, while the age of consent is 18 years old.

Wyoming

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16 Years Old

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In Wyoming, the legal marriage age is 16 years old with parental consent and 18 without consent, while the age of consent is 17 years old.

FAQs

What is the legal age to get married ?

The legal age to get married in the US varies by state, with most states having a minimum marriage age of 16 years old with parental consent.

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