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If you are in Minnesota you may know about the reduced marriage license fee if you take 12 hours of premarital counseling. As the fees go up each year, the rate stays at $30 if you complete those 12 hours.

So what’s involved? Here is the legal verbage for the MN marriage license fee reduction – how to get it, what you need to have filled out. A summary of what is included:

(b) The marriage license fee for parties who have completed at least 12 hours of premarital education is $30. In order to qualify for the reduced fee, the parties must submit a signed and dated statement from the person who provided the premarital education confirming that it was received. The premarital education must be provided by a licensed or ordained minister or the minister’s designee, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under section 517.18, or a person authorized to practice marriage and family therapy under section 148B.33. The education must include the use of a premarital inventory and the teaching of communication and conflict management skills.(c) The statement from the person who provided the premarital education under paragraph (b) must be in the following form:”I, (name of educator), confirm that (names of both parties) received at least 12 hours of premarital education that included the use of a premarital inventory and the teaching of communication and conflict management skills. I am a licensed or ordained minister, a person authorized to solemnize marriages under Minnesota Statutes, section 517.18, or a person licensed to practice marriage and family therapy under Minnesota Statutes, section 148B.33.”The names of the parties in the educator’s statement must be identical to the legal names of the parties as they appear in the marriage license application. Notwithstanding section 138.17, the educator’s statement must be retained for seven years, after which time it may be destroyed.

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