Starting on Thursday, December 6, 2012, same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses in Washington State. If you or someone you know wants to be among the first couples, expect some wait times! Here is what you need to know for King, Pierce and Thurston counties. If your county isn't on this list, call or visit the webpage of your county's auditor or recorder office for more details.
Because Washington has a three-day wait period after obtaining a license, the first same-sex ceremonies will be on Sunday, December 9.
King County Recorder's Office (500 4th Avenue, Seattle) will open at 12:01 a.m. Executive Dow Constantine will be there accompanied by the same pen the Governor used to sign Referendum 74 into law, and will be signing commemorative items. If you plan to go, you can download and complete the application in advance to ensure a smooth process, bring a photo ID, and $64 in cash or check for the fee.
Pierce County Auditor's Office (2401 S. 35th Street, Tacoma) will open at 6:30 a.m. on December 6, but will have much less fanfare than King County! There will be three licensing fairs: December 6 from 6:30 a.m. - p.m.; December 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; December 8 - 9 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bring photo ID and $64 in cash, money order or cashier's check (no personal checks).
Thurston County Auditor's Office (2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia) will open at 12:01 a.m. and issue 10 marriage licenses to 10 couples drawn by lottery, but then will close until the following morning. It will have extended hours over the coming days: December 6 from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; December 7 from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. The $64 fee is accepted via cash, check, money order, Visa or Master Card. Also bring photo ID.
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