Clark County opens ‘Pop-up Marriage License Bureau’ at McCarran Airport

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Love is in the air at McCarran International Airport.  On Tuesday, Clark County opened its ‘Pop-up Marriage License Bureau’ inside Terminal 1. It’s for any travelers looking to tie the knot.

“Special days are always good for us,” said Lynn Marie Goya, Clark County Clerk.  “We always get increased numbers over other days, so Valentine’s Day weekend is always a good weekend for us.”

The few days that the marriage license bureau is there makes it that much easier for couples to say “I do.”

“About 10 percent of the couples who came to Clark County to get married last year stopped here, and got their license,” Goya said.

There’s been a slight spike, but overall, fewer people are choosing Las Vegas for their wedding destination.  Data shows roughly 7,000 fewer licenses issued in Clark County last year compared to 2015.

“I’m a little surprised that it’s actually gone down,” said  Trish Reedy, visiting from Tennesse.

A steady decline was also seen in the number of marriages filed. 

“I think that’s because there’s a lot more competition out there and Clark County has been marriage capital of the world for probably 75 years, so we have been a little bit laissez-faire in promoting ourselves,” Goya said.

Clark County hopes the marriage license bureau will spark couple’s interest. 

“Even if they haven’t thought about it, sometimes this encourages them to think about getting married here or getting their vows renewed here,” Goya said.

Something this couple of 18 years may consider while vacationing here the next few days, 

“I think that’s what we’d like to try, vow renewal,” said Skeet Foster, visiting from Texas. “We talked about it before we came down here.”

The temporary marriage license office will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Note: Both parties have to have a legal I.D., and both must be present to fill out a license application. 

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