2.22.22 busy day at the Washoe County Clerk’s Office

Published: Feb. 21, 2022 at 5:23 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - William Welch and Amy Zamagni came to Reno from Northern California to get hitched. Their first stop, the Washoe County Clerk’s Office to get a marriage license. They moved the date up by two years.

That’s because Tuesday is February 22, 2022, or 2-22-22. “She’s a big fan of numbers,” says William. “Yea big time,” replies Amy. “I have four, two--both of us do actually,” she says. “42 is the answer to the universe,” says William.

Inquiries started coming into the clerk’s office nearly a year ago about 2.22.22.

Couples like William and Amy were asking about it or just flat out making an appointment to get a marriage license. On Tuesday, couples will head to wedding chapels or other local venues to tie the knot on the palindrome day.

The clerk says they haven’t seen anything like this for more than a decade.

“We know palindrome days and same digit days we are going to see an increase,” says Janis Galassini, Washoe County Clerk. She adds, “Oh 07.07.07, 08.08.08 or 09.09.09,” as other popular days. “We just like to have enough staff so there is not a long line for our customers to wait,” says Galassini.

Galassini says this week is full of palindrome dates. But Tuesday is chock full of twos...that is perhaps more significant for couples. It’s also a “Twos-day.”

Since 1861, the clerk’s office has issued more than 2,000,000 marriage licenses. They don’t plan on issuing that many licenses on Tuesday. But it will be three times as many licenses than an average day.

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