After arriving at Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport, passengers can head to the Terminal 1 baggage claim to pick up their belongings.
Maybe their golf clubs? Check.
Marriage license? In early February, check.
Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya has opened a pop-up marriage license office next to carousel 5 at baggage claim to handle the plethora of couples coming to Las Vegas for Valentine’s weddings.
The office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through February 14. Goya said it helps alleviate the crowds at the county’s Marriage License Bureau during this period when more than 1,500 licenses are requested daily.
“Las Vegas is the Wedding Capital of the World and this February will be especially busy as couples enjoy Valentine’s Day weddings,” Goya said in a release.
The pop-up office will only issue marriage licenses and vow renewal certificates. Any other documents or needs typically handled by the county clerk will still need to be done in the Marriage License Bureau’s permanent downtown office.
That facility is located just three blocks from the Fremont Street Experience and numerous chapels. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight to handle those late-night proposals and spur-of-the-moment weddings.
The pop-up office will only take credit cards and debit cards for payments, with a marriage license costing $102. “Couples love the convenience of the pop-up Marriage License Bureau as it gives them even more time to enjoy the variety of experiences we offer in Las Vegas,” Goya said.
Streamlining The Process
Couples planning a Las Vegas wedding can speed up the paperwork process by filling out a pre-application at the Las Vegas weddings website. The couple will receive a reference number, which they can show at the pop-up facility or the main office to move the process along quickly.
Couples will also need a passport, driver’s license, or some other form of accepted identification.
While early February is easily the busiest time for weddings in Las Vegas, there never is a slow period, the clerk’s office claims. The county issues about 80,000 marriage licenses annually. While that number includes plenty of Southern Nevada residents, the bulk is for visitors having a destination wedding.
Last February, the county issued its 5 millionth marriage license.
“As one of the most iconic wedding destinations in the world, if you can dream it, Las Vegas can make it happen,” the clerk’s office says on its website. “Leave your stress back home and let the Las Vegas experts make your wedding dreams a reality while you create the stories you will share for a lifetime with family and friends. Whether you exchange intimate vows under the desert stars, within a simple chapel, or at an elegant event surrounded by all of your loved ones, the best love stories start here.”
Experts have estimated the wedding industry generates more than $2.5 billion annually in economic activity.