Georgia Marriage License

If you're getting married in Georgia, you must first apply for a marriage license.
It'll cost you $56.00 to $82.00, plus you'll have an unlimited amount of time to use it, as it won't expire.

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Where to Apply

Where can I get a marriage license?

You can apply for a marriage license at the probate court. It's typically located at the county courthouse. Some high population counties (400,000+) have extra satellite courthouses available.

Note: Your application will be processed by the probate court clerk, deputy, or judge.

Costs

How much does the marriage license cost?

A Georgia marriage license costs between $56 and $82, depending on the county.

Residency

How does my residency factor into applying?

Are you or your fiancé a Georgia resident?

If either you or your fiancé is a Georgia resident, you may apply for a marriage license at any Georgia probate court.

Are both you and your fiancé nonresidents of Georgia?

If neither you nor your fiancé is a Georgia resident, apply for a marriage license in the county where the marriage ceremony will take place.

Usage

Where can I use my marriage license?

If you or your fiancé is a Georgia resident, you can marry anywhere in the state. Otherwise, apply and marry in the county where the ceremony will occur.

Application

What information do I have to provide on the application?

The marriage license application will ask for your current name, new last name after marriage, residence, date and place of birth, social security number, marital history, along with your parents' names, residences, and dates and places of birth.

Attendance

What if I can't apply in person?

You must apply together, in person. Georgia does not offer the ability to submit an absentee marriage license application.

Age Requirements

How old must I be to marry?

Aged 18 and over?

If you're 18 years old or over, parental consent to marry is unnecessary.

Aged 16 and 17?

If you're 16 or 17 years old, you can marry with the consent of your custodial parents or guardian. Consent is either granted face-to-face with the probate court judge or by affidavit.

Aged 15 and below?

Minors below the age of 16 are not allowed to marry.

Premarital Education

What's to gain by taking a premarital education course?

Your marriage license fee will be reduced by $40 if you and your fiancé present a 6-hour premarital education course certificate of completion, signed by an authorized instructor within the past year.

Waiting Period

When will my marriage license be issued?

Your marriage license will be issued immediately and can be used right away.

Expiration

How long will my marriage license last?

Your marriage license will expire 60 days after it's been issued.

Identification

What ID must I bring?

Bring ID to confirm your age, such as a driver's license, state-issued ID card, military ID card, passport, birth certificate, immigration papers, or citizenship papers.

Note: Documents not written in English must be accompanied by a certified and notarized English translation.

Blood Test

Do I have to get a blood test?

You're not required to get a blood test before marriage. However, you'll be given brochures on AIDS and sickle cell disease that recommend getting tested.

Divorced

What if I've been divorced?

There's a high likelihood you'll be asked to show a certified copy of your divorce decree from every prior divorce.

Widowed

What if I'm a widow or widower?

Depending on the probate court, you may be asked to produce an obituary notice or certified copy of the death certificate for your late spouse.

Witnesses

Do I have to bring witnesses?

You do not have to bring witnesses to your marriage ceremony.

Name Change

How do I change my name after marriage?

Your marriage certificate can be used to change your name with government institutions based on the new name you specify on the application. You can use a marriage name change service to prepare the forms before or after your marriage ceremony.

License Return

When must my license be returned?

Your marriage license must be returned to the probate court judge to be recorded no later than 30 days after your marriage ceremony.

Marriage Certificate

How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

You can purchase a certified copy of your marriage certificate for roughly $10 from the probate court that issued and recorded your marriage license.

Common-law Marriage

Can I establish a common-law marriage?

Georgia will only recognize a common-law marriage established before January 1, 1997.

Cousin Marriage

Am I allowed to marry my cousin?

You can marry your first cousin, but no family relationship closer than that.

Proxy Marriage

Can I get married by proxy?

You cannot get married by proxy in Georgia.

Civil Ceremony

Where can I get married in a civil ceremony?

You can request the probate court judge preside over your civil ceremony. The fee is usually minor and sometimes even free. If you can't be scheduled in a timely manner due to lack of available appointments, you may be referred to a magistrate court.

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  1. Do we have to have 2 witnesses in order to get our marriage license/certificate because we're under the impression that we have to?

    1. Do we have to have 2 witnesses in order to get our marriage license

      You do not have to bring witnesses when applying for a marriage license. They're not required at the ceremony either.

  2. So my fiance is at Fort Benning for basic training. His graduation is July 3rd and his family day is July 4th. We are both residents of Texas. His grandfather is an ordane.

    How do we go about getting our marriage license? because July 4th is a federal holiday, how else can we get married in the state of Georgia? I'm not sure if we will have a chance on July 3rd or 5th. If we do, how long does it take to get a marriage license?

    1. How do we go about getting our marriage license? because July 4th is a federal holiday, how else can we get married in the state of Georgia?

      Since your fiance cannot apply absentee or by proxy in Georgia, you'll have to take advantage of the 60 day expiration period and apply as early as possible. Even right now is not too early.

      If we do, how long does it take to get a marriage license?

      The application process is about 30 minutes long. You'll get your marriage license the same day.

  3. what is the $42 course fee associated with getting a marriage license?

    1. what is the $42 course fee

      If you and your future spouse complete six hours of premarital education, you'll be given a $40 discount off the marriage license fee. If you don't take the course, you'll pay $82 instead.

  4. My boyfriend and I plan on getting married in August but we want to just have a “courthouse wedding” or just a judge to legally bound us.

    We both live outside of Georgia and he is in the military so he only gets a couple days off for this. When we apply for a marriage license, is it possible for us to get married in the courthouse that same day? And does that become the marriage certificate after all parties have signed?

    1. is it possible for us to get married in the courthouse that same day

      You'll likely have to schedule your ceremony in advance. Call the probate court ahead of time to determine availability. They may have to redirect you to a magistrate court if your schedules can't align.

      And does that become the marriage certificate after all parties have signed?

      It might be the same document. After your ceremony is done, the judge will have to record and file your marriage license.

      You may or not be able to receive a certified copy of your marriage record moments after you're married. That's a question you can ask when you schedule your ceremony.

  5. If I live in Gwinnett county Georgia and obtain a marriage license from Gwinnett county Can I get married in DeKalb county Georgia?

    1. Hi E.M. Since you live in Georgia, you're allowed to get married in any Georgia county.

  6. My fiance is coming to America from China on a fiance visa. What documents does he need to bring to get a marriage license? And is a marriage license and ceremony the only steps to getting married?

    1. What documents does he need to bring to get a marriage license?

      Passport.

      And is a marriage license and ceremony the only steps to getting married?

      Your marriage license must also be returned to the issuing probate court within 30 days following your marriage ceremony. This records/registers your marriage. Your officiant should do this for you.

  7. Is the ceremony mandatory or can my fiance and i just fill out the marriage license paperwork?

    1. Is the ceremony mandatory

      The marriage ceremony is mandatory.

      or can my fiance and i just fill out the marriage license paperwork

      Completing a marriage license application to get a marriage license just allows you to marry. It doesn't make you married. You have to get the marriage solemnized and return the marriage license for recording.

  8. Who all needs to be present to get married by a judge or at the courthouse?

    1. Hi Zitania. Only you and the person you're marrying must be present for a courthouse marriage. Witnesses are not required.

  9. Can a Retired Ordained Minister from another state perform a marriage in Georgia?

    1. Hi Troy. Retired and active ministers may perform marriages in Georgia, regardless of residency.

  10. I live in colquitt county. Can I get married at the courthouse here in Moultrie?

    1. Can I get married at the courthouse here in Moultrie?

      Yes, schedule it with the Colquitt County probate court judge.

  11. How much does it cost to get married by magistrate in Camden county. I've looked online a d it says nothing of the cost to have a judge or magistrate to perform the ceremony.

    1. Hi Dorcas. You may want to first try getting your marriage presided over by a probate court judge at the Camden County probate court. You'll have to go there anyway to get your marriage license.

      The probate court performs marriage ceremonies by appointment only. You'll have to contact them for fees. You can find their information using the locations drop-down.

  12. How many friends and family can accompany me and my fiance the day we go get our marriage license to get marry that same day?

    1. How many friends and family can accompany me and my fiance

      That's entirely up the probate court and their capacity for the room and/or schedule.

  13. My fiance was married for 38 years myself I was married for 25 years both spouses have passed away can we get the lower price on the marriage license? Since I feel this many years of marriage should be enough education.

    1. can we get the lower price on the marriage license?

      No, you would still have to complete the course to be eligible for the discounted fee. There are no exceptions for age or length of prior marriages.

  14. We both live in South Carolina but want to elope in Augusta, GA (Richmond county). How do we go about this? My fiancée is also a permanent alien resident- what documentation do we need?

    1. Hi B. Since neither of you are South Carolina residents, apply for your marriage license in the county where your marriage will take place. Bring ID that proves your age.

  15. I married a couple for the first time and need to turn in their marriage license. Where do I go to do this?

    1. Hi Steffani. Return it to the probate judge that issued the license.

  16. We have obtained a marriage license in Gwinnett County but the magistrates calendar for marriage ceremonies is full through December.

    Is there a judge or official in Walton County that could perform the ceremony this or next week? Thanks for any information and contacts you can provide.

    1. Hi Russ. You'll need to contact the Walton County probate court clerk for a referral or recommendation.

  17. We want to get married in early county so we can get a marriage certificate not just a contract.

    We both live in Alabama and they dont give certificates anymore. Does our minister need to have a copy of his credentials or just his signature. He has done some in Alabama and Florida and wasn't sure what all Georgia required.

    We would just need to get another copy online and was trying to make sure we have everything before the day.

    1. We both live in Alabama and they dont give certificates anymore.

      They do. Only the process has changed.

      Does our minister need to have a copy of his credentials or just his signature.

      No need for credentials. Just the signature.

      We would just need to get another copy online

      I'm not sure what you're referring to here.

  18. Hi, I want to inquire because me and my fiance wants to get married on December 6 there in Tbilisi Georgia. We will arrive on 5th and already arranged a tour as well after marriage..

    we are both working in UAE and both in Residence working Visa. I am filipina and he is a Pakistani.. we want to know if we can direct request there for this wedding without assistance of any law office here in UAE or we must have a Consultant from here to coordinate there..

    hope to help us in our concern and the requirements and procedure.. if direct is very helpful as a little expensive fees we have consulted in here.. thank you so much

    Regards, Erine

    1. Hi Erine. You can get married in Georgia as long as your have sufficient ID. You should focus on if you need to have your marriage certificate authenticated/attested for the UAE.

  19. Hi, I and my boyfriend are both non-US citizens? Only I live in Georgia. We are thinking to get married at the court. Do we only need drivers license or do we need any other documents?

    1. Do we only need drivers license or do we need any other documents?

      You could use your passport or an immigration document.

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