Marriage Licenses

Applying for a Marriage License

Applications are not accepted after 4:30 p.m. Please arrive no later than 4 p.m. to allow time for processing.

You will save time when you come to apply by completing the Marriage License Application online. Once this is done and you have submitted the application, you will receive a confirmation number. You should print out or write down the confirmation and bring it with you when you come to apply.

Requirements

Residence

If either applicant is a resident of the State of Georgia, the marriage license may be obtained from the Probate Court in any county in the State. It is not required that the license be obtained from the county of the legal residence of either applicant. If neither applicant is a resident of the State of Georgia, the license must be obtained from the Probate Court in the county in which the ceremony is to be performed. Blood Tests: As of July 1, 2003, premarital blood tests are no longer required under Georgia law.

Proof of Age

Effective July 1, 2019, all applicants must present documented proof of age before a license can be issued. 

Acceptable documents include:

  • Alien papers
  • Armed forces discharge papers
  • Armed forces identification card
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of birth registration
  • Citizenship papers
  • Court record
  • Driver's license
  • Hospital admission card containing the full name and date of birth
  • Immigration papers
  • Passport
  • Selective service card

 Effective July 1, 2019, no one under the age of 17 years of age shall be issued a marriage license in the State of Georgia for any reason, as the law no longer accepts parental consent. Applicants who are 17 years of age may be issued a marriage license only if all of the following requirements are met:

  • A Petition is granted in Juvenile Court for Emancipation and a certified copy of such Order is presented at the time of application, in       which 15 days will have passed since the date of the Order granting Emancipation.
  • The older party to the marriage is no more than 4 years older than the younger party.
  • Both applicants shall complete Premarital Education. Said education can only be completed by a professional counselor, social               worker or marriage and family therapist who is licensed.

Proof of Dissolution Of Prior Marriage

If either applicant has been previously married and the marriage was dissolved by divorce or annulment, a copy of the decree of divorce or annulment must be presented at the time of application. (Applicants who have been married and divorced more than once need only provide a certified copy of the decree dissolving the last previous marriage.)

Death Certificate

If either applicant has been previously married and the marriage was resolved due to death of a spouse, a certified copy of a death certificate must be presented at the time of application.

Fees

The fee for a marriage license is $66, as this fee includes one marriage certificate which will be given upon the filing of the completed marriage license. However, with the Pre-Marital Counseling Form (PDF), which may be obtained from the Probate Court, the fee is $26, as this fee also includes one marriage certificate. Additional copies of marriage certificates are $10 each. Exact cash, money order, cashier's check, Visa or Mastercard. No personal checks. A convenience fee will apply to card payments.

Request Copy of Marriage Certificate Online

Please visit Fee Pay Online to request a copy of a marriage certificate. Cost of each certificate is $10, plus convenience fee.

Additional Information

The Judge of the Probate Court does not perform weddings.