New Hawaii marriages are finally legal and that’s good news for couples in the state, but Hawaii officials are warning that not everyone will be able to get married this year.
Hawaii marriage licenses are now legal for anyone 18 years old or older to legally marry in the United States.
The state says the changes will only take effect in 2019, though it does not specify which dates the licenses will be valid for.
Marriage licenses are issued by a Hawaii Bureau of Vital Statistics, and if a license is lost, it is up to the person who issued it to file for a replacement license.
In addition to the state of Hawaii, more than 100 other states have marriage licenses in place, but they require applicants to obtain their own marriage certificate or be sworn to secrecy.