Mississippi Marriage License

If you're getting married in Mississippi, you must first apply for a marriage license. It'll cost you $20.00 to $23.00, plus you'll have an unlimited amount of time to use it, as it won't expire.

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Where to go

Where can I get a marriage license?

Mississippi marriage licenses are issued on the county level, at the Circuit Court, by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Where can I use it once I get it?

Your marriage license can be used throughout the state, regardless of which Circuit Court you get it from.

Your license is only valid within the borders of Mississippi. For instance, you can't get a marriage license from the neighboring state of Alabama, then use it here—and vice versa.

Costs

How much is a marriage license in Mississippi?

A marriage license costs approximately $20.00 to 23.00 USD. The cost can vary between each Circuit Court, as each county is allowed to set its own price.

I've changed my mind; can I get my money back?

Circuit Courts will not issue refunds for unused marriage licenses.

Attendance

Must we both be present when applying?

Both parties to the marriage must appear together when applying for a marriage license.

Waiting periods

Is there a waiting period to get a marriage license?

There is no waiting period to get a Mississippi marriage license. You'll get your license the same day you apply for it.

How soon can I get married after getting a license?

You can get married immediately after you receive your marriage license. There is no post-issuance waiting period to abide by before you can have your marriage ceremony.

Expiration dates

When will my marriage license expire?

Surprisingly, Mississippi marriage licenses do not expire after they've been handed out. Mississippi's one of the few states that won't invalidate an unused marriage license after a certain period of time has passed.

Residency requirements

What are the rules for residents and non-residents?

Whether you're a resident or non-resident of Mississippi, the rules are the same; you can apply for a marriage license anywhere in the state. You can then get married anywhere within the state.

Age requirements

How old must I be to get married?

You must be 21 years old (or above) to get married in Mississippi without parental consent.

17 to 20 years old

For males:

You must obtain the consent of both parents or legal guardians. It's not sufficient if only one parent/guardian acquiesces—both must agree.

15 to 20 years old

For females:

Same as above.

16 years old and below

For males:

You must obtain a court order from a Circuit Judge, Chancery Judge or County Judge—in Mississippi—which will authorize the Clerk of the Circuit Court to issue a marriage license.

14 years old and below

For females:

Same as above.

Identification requirements

What forms of ID must I bring?

Provide one of the following:

  • Driver's License
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
    • Original or certified copy
  • Baptismal Record
    • Original or certified copy
  • Military Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Dependent Identification Card
    • Issued by U.S. Armed Forces
  • Military Discharge Papers
    • Also referred to as DD Form 214, Certificate of Release, and Discharge from Active Duty
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Insurance Certificate
  • School Record

Name Change

How do I go about changing my name due to marriage?

Undergoing a marriage-related name change in the state of Mississippi (or any other state) involves notifying various government and non-government institutions. You'll typically start with updating your Social Security Card, driver's license, passport, and other federal/state/non-governmental institutions.

Keep in mind, your name does not automatically and legally change just because you get married or obtain a marriage license or marriage certificate; you must go through the steps of updating your identification documents, whether it's through an online name change service, or contacting the SSA, State Dept. and MS DPS directly.

Blood Tests

Am I required to get a blood test?

No, Mississippi does not require you, nor your partner, to get a blood test as a condition for getting a marriage license.

Divorced

What if I've been previously divorced?

If you've been previously divorced, or have had an annulment or dissolution, there are extra bits of information that you must provide the Clerk of the Circuit Court when applying.

If your last divorce, annulment, or dissolution took place within the past year, provide the following:

Things you must know

You must know the date your divorce, annulment, or dissolution took place.

Things you must bring

You will need to provide a copy of your divorce decree (aka divorce certificate). It must be an original or certified copy—not a photocopy. The Clerk of the Circuit Court will not keep your certificate; it just needs to be examined for authenticity, and to confirm your previous marriage is over.

What if I'm separated from my spouse, but not yet divorced?

Mississippi law forbids a marriage license be granted to anyone who is currently married or separated from their spouse. You must have your divorce finalized, or marriage annulled, before getting married again.

Widowed

What if I'm currently a widow or widower?

If your previous marriage left you as a widow or widower, the Circuit Court will need to solicit basic information regarding the death of your spouse. You only need to provide information for your last spouse who passed away.

Things you must know

You must be able to specify the date your spouse died.

Things you must bring

You must bring the original or certified copy of the death certificate for review. The Clerk of the Circuit Court will hand the death certificate back to you once it's been looked over.

Solemnization

Who's allowed to marry me?

Mississippi law recognizes several types of officiants who may legally officiate (i.e., preside over) your marriage. They are as follows:

Religious officiants

  • Minister
  • Priest
  • Rabbi
  • Reverend

Nonreligious officiants

  • Board of Supervisor Member
    • Current
  • Mayor
    • Current
  • Supreme Court Justice
    • Current
  • Appeals Court Judge
    • Current
  • Chancery Court Judge
    • Current
  • Circuit Court Judge
    • Current
  • County Court Judge
    • Current
  • Justice Court Judge
    • Current

Witnesses

Are witnesses required to attend my marriage ceremony?

Mississippi does not require witnesses attend your ceremony. This is a convenience, as most other states do require at least one or two witnesses be present.

Can (or should) I still have witnesses attend?

While you can still have one or more witnesses be present, they won't serve any official purpose or role (during or after the ceremony) in concert with the officiant.

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