Marriage Age By State 2019

In the United States, marriage age is set by each state and territory, either by the common law or by individual statutes. An individual in the US can marry without parental consent at the age of 18 in all states except for Nebraska, where the age is 19, and Mississippi and Puerto Rico, where the age is 21.

In the past 15 years, about 200,000 minors have married. Underage marriage in the United States is not permitted unless there are exceptional circumstances including consent of a court clerk or judge, consent of the parents or legal guardians of the minor, if one of the parties is pregnant or has given birth to a child, or if the minor is emancipated. New Jersey and Delaware do not allow underage marriage in exceptional circumstances.

Most states have a minimum marriage age for minors with parental consent, ranging from 12-17 years old. California and Mississippi, however, do not have minimum ages for minors to be allowed to marry with parental consent. Massachusetts has the lowest minimum marriage age with parental consent of 14 years old for boys and 12 years old for girls.

Some states have separate minimum ages for males and females, with or without parental consent. For example, in Mississippi, the age of consent to marry without parental consent is 17 for males and 15 for females.

Below is a table with each state’s minimum marriage age for with and without parental consent.

State With Parental Consent Without Parental Consent Note 2019 Pop.
Californian/a1839,747,267
Mississippin/a15Age of consent to marry without parental consent for males is 17, for females is 15.2,987,895
Massachusetts1218Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 14, for females is 12.6,939,373
New Hampshire1318Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 14, for females is 13.1,363,852
Hawaii15181,416,589
Missouri15186,147,861
Alabama16184,898,246
Alaska1618735,720
Arizona16187,275,070
Arkansas1618Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 17, for females is 16.3,026,412
Colorado16185,770,545
Connecticut16183,567,871
Delaware1618Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 18, for females is 16.975,033
District of Columbia1618711,571
Florida161821,646,155
Georgia161810,627,767
Idaho16181,790,182
Illinois161812,700,381
Iowa16183,167,997
Kansas16182,910,931
Maine16181,342,097
Maryland16186,062,917
Michigan161810,020,472
Minnesota16185,655,925
Montana16181,074,532
Nevada16183,087,025
New Jersey16188,922,547
New Mexico16182,096,034
New York161819,491,339
North Carolina161810,497,741
North Dakota1618760,900
Ohio1618Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 18, for females is 16.11,718,568
Oklahoma16183,948,950
Pennsylvania161812,813,969
Rhode Island1618Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 18, for females is 16.1,056,738
South Carolina16185,147,111
South Dakota1618892,631
Tennessee16186,833,793
Texas161829,087,070
Utah16183,221,610
Vermont1618627,180
Virginia16188,571,946
Wisconsin16185,832,661
Wyoming1618572,381
Indiana17186,718,616
Nebraska17191,940,919
Oregon17184,245,901
Washington17187,666,343
Kentucky18184,484,047
Louisiana18184,652,581
West Virginia18181,791,951