Marriage License Bureau Moves

The historic Washoe County Court House is home to the Marriage License Bureau.

In the first floor offices, couples purchase a marriage license to legally tie the knot in Nevada.

These days the bureau is open 365 days a year, from 8:00 in the morning until midnight.

But beginning October 1st--the bureau's historic location will change.

“I made a proposal to the County Commission in order to meet my budget goals that I had to have all my staff in one location,” says Amy Harvey, Washoe County Clerk.

Inside the 9th Street County Complex, a room is being transformed into not only the Marriage Bureau, but also the Business Division, and the Board Records and Minutes Division.

Happy couples will enter on 9th street and be able to get their marriage license during regular business hours 365 days a year.

“We are open any way let us do it,” says George Flint.

Flint, Chapel of the Bells owner, says there's an even better way of doing business.

That is, allow Chapel owners to issue marriage licenses when the Marriage Bureau is closed--off hours and holidays.

“It would save between $250 up to $300 thousand dollars in total wage, benefits, pension benefits, etc,” says Flint.

“ If you are a chapel, you have an interest in selling that license because you are going to make money on the wedding. It's a legal documents and I really think that this is one place where government needs to take control,”responds Harvey

Flint says he is bound by laws to follow the rules, and he points out Nevada Lawmakers are on his side--passing legislation that *allows* a county clerk if he or she chooses, let chapel owners handle marriage license issuance after hours and during holidays.

But, while the law is on the books, it doesn't appear Washoe County will be handing over the reins anytime soon.


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