Everyone in the United States has a right to get married. This is true regardless of immigration status. But, being married in the US or being married to a US citizen does NOT protect you from deportation.
The Minnesota marriage license application has a place to fill in a social security number. If you don’t have a social security number, you can still apply but you have to swear that you don’t have one. There is a place to do this on the application form.
In Minnesota, you must be over 18 and able to make your own decisions if you want to get married. If you are 16 or 17, you can get married with permission from your parent or legal guardian. You have to give your parents’ name and address when you apply for a license.
If you want to get married, you can’t be married to anyone else.
If you were married before, you must have a valid divorce from your previous spouse. A valid divorce is one that follows the divorce laws in the state or country where the divorce happened. In Minnesota, a divorce must go through the court systems and an order needs to be signed by a judge and filed with the court before it is a valid divorce.
Minnesota doesn’t let certain blood relatives get married. You can’t marry:
Your biological or adopted children.
Your biological or adopted grandchildren.
Your nieces or nephews if there is any blood relation.
Your first cousins. First cousins are the children of an aunt or uncle that you are related to by blood.
For information about getting a marriage license and having a ceremony, please see our fact sheet Marriage in Minnesota.