Marriage Age By State 2020

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.

Marriage Age By State 2020

State With Parental Consent Without Parental Consent Note 2020 Pop.
Californian/a1839,937,489
Mississippin/a15Age of consent to marry without parental consent for males is 17, for females is 15.2,989,260
Massachusetts1218Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 14, for females is 12.6,976,597
New Hampshire1318Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 14, for females is 13.1,371,246
Hawaii15181,412,687
Missouri15186,169,270
Alabama16184,908,621
Alaska1618734,002
Arizona16187,378,494
Arkansas1618Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 17, for females is 16.3,038,999
Colorado16185,845,526
Connecticut16183,563,077
Delaware1618Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 18, for females is 16.982,895
District of Columbia1618720,687
Florida161821,992,985
Georgia161810,736,059
Idaho16181,826,156
Illinois161812,659,682
Iowa16183,179,849
Kansas16182,910,357
Maine16181,345,790
Maryland16186,083,116
Michigan161810,045,029
Minnesota16185,700,671
Montana16181,086,759
Nevada16183,139,658
New Jersey16188,936,574
New Mexico16182,096,640
New York161819,440,469
North Carolina161810,611,862
North Dakota1618761,723
Ohio1618Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 18, for females is 16.11,747,694
Oklahoma16183,954,821
Pennsylvania161812,820,878
Rhode Island1618Age of consent to marry with parental consent for males is 18, for females is 16.1,056,161
South Carolina16185,210,095
South Dakota1618903,027
Tennessee16186,897,576
Texas161829,472,295
Utah16183,282,115
Vermont1618628,061
Virginia16188,626,207
Wisconsin16185,851,754
Wyoming1618567,025
Indiana17186,745,354
Nebraska17191,952,570
Oregon17184,301,089
Washington17187,797,095
Kentucky18184,499,692
Louisiana18184,645,184
West Virginia18181,778,070