As long as you are getting married in Minnesota, you can apply for your license anywhere in the state.
In Benton County, we require that both applicants come in to apply. As it may take some time to complete the application, we ask that you come in no later than 4 p.m.
If you have taken a 12-hour marriage course, you may qualify for the reduced rate if you present the proper form.
The fee for a regular license is $115, reduced rate is $40. Payment is accepted in either cash or check.
Certified copies of your marriage certificate are only available in the county where you purchased your marriage license.
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The fee for recording for most documents is $46 with an additional $50 if accompanied by a well certificate. Some documents have different fees, such as a plat which is $56. Torrens documents may have additional fees.
The fees for recording are payable to the Benton County Recorder and must be in a separate check from the state deed tax or mortgage tax.
Please call office at 320-968-5037 if in doubt.Please note: Benton County does not accept credit cards for payment.
If you were born in Minnesota, you may go to any courthouse in the state and, upon completion of the application, you may get your birth certificate. You must have tangible interest and show a picture ID. The fee is $26.
Yes, if you live in Benton County, you must come to office to register your signature. You must bring the Notary Commission Card from the Secretary of State. The fee is $20. You must present a picture ID.