Utah Marriage Education Discount (MED) FAQ

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What is MED?

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I’m engaged. How do I get the Utah MED?

  • Complete the required premarital education or counseling
    (Premarital education or counseling must be completed not more than one year before but at least 14 days before the day the marriage license is issued)
  • Ask your educator or counselor to submit the online MED Certification Form and get your email with your certificate and discount code
  • Complete an ONLINE marriage license application and enter your discount code
    • Currently, no counties in the state offer an online application for a marriage license. It is anticipated that Utah County will offer an online marriage license option in summer of 2019. Y
  • Get your $20 discount!

Where can I find available marriage education classes that meet the MED requirements?

  • Check the calendar on StrongerMarriage.org for a class being offered near you
  • Ask your local religious leader if they offer a premarital or marriage education course
  • Check our list of approved marriage education providers HERE
  • Certain university courses also qualify for MED. Click HERE for our list of approved college courses across the state. 
  • You can also qualify by completing ePREP, an online premarital education course approved by the Utah Marriage Commission. Engaged Utah couples can receive a code to take this online course for FREE by emailing utahprep@utah.gov

Who can provide approved marriage education or counseling to couples?

Providers of approved marriage education include:

  • Certified Family Life Educators
  • Licensed Family and Consumer Sciences Educators
  • Instructors approved by a qualifying premarital education curriculum
  • Click HERE for our list of MED approved education providers

Providers of approved premarital counseling include:

  • A licensed mental health professional as identified by law and the Utah Division of Professional Licensing
  • A licensed or ordained minister or the minister's designee who is trained by the minister or denomination to conduct premarital counseling or education

What are the marriage education and premarital counseling requirements?

Marriage Education Requirements

  • Couples must complete at least 6 hours of approved premarital education
  • Curriculum must include information on important factors associated with strong and healthy marriages, including: 
    • Commitment in marriage
    • Effective communication
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Avoiding violence and abuse in the relationship

Premarital Counseling Requirements

  • Couples must complete at least 3 hours of approved premarital counseling
  • Counseling must include information on important factors associated with strong and healthy marriages, including: 
    • Commitment in marriage
    • Effective communication
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Avoiding violence and abuse in the relationship
  • Counseling may be completed in a group, individual, or couple setting


I’m a provider of marriage education. How do I find out if my curriculum is approved?

  • Check our list of approved marriage education curriculum HERE  
  • If your curriculum is not on the list, send an email with your curriculum to marriagecommission@utah.gov