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Hogan signs order allowing courts to virtually issue marriage licenses

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Posted at 2:08 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 14:11:57-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday signed an executive order allowing county court clerks to issue marriage licenses remotely.

Couples can now submit their signed marriage application by mail, email, or via a drop box at their local county courthouse.

The clerk will affirm application information under oath over video conference, or in an affidavit that accompanies the application.

While couples still need to be physically present at the same location during proceedings, the clerk can communicate virtually from somewhere else.

Approved marriage certificates can then be mailed, emailed, or sent other ways electronically to newly married couples.