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Can I Get Married in Minnesota?

Can an undocumented immigrant get married in Minnesota?

Every person living in the United States has a legal right to get married, regardless of immigration status. However, it’s important to remember that being married in the United States or even being married to an American citizen does not protect you from potential deportation.

If you do not have a Social Security number, you may still fill out a marriage license application in Minnesota without entering your number in the designated field. You will be required to legally swear that you do not have a number in a specially designated field on the application form.

You are considered legally married in Minnesota once you have applied for your marriage license and have been married by someone authorized to perform marriages in the state. At this point, you will get your marriage certificate.

What types of marriages does Minnesota not allow?

There are some types of marriages not considered valid in Minnesota. If you were already married, you must have a valid divorce before getting married again. Even if you are legally single, the following types of marriages are not allowed:

  • Marriages to biological or adopted children
  • Marriages to biological or adopted grandchildren
  • Marriages to first cousins
  • Marriages to nieces or nephews if you are related by blood


To learn more about marriage law in Minnesota and what is and is not allowed, consult a knowledgeable family law attorney today.

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