Tennessee Marriage License

If you're getting married in Tennessee, you must first apply for a marriage license.
It'll cost you $93.50 to $107.50, and you'll have to use it within 30 days.

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Where to Apply

Where do I get a marriage license?

You can apply for a Tennessee marriage license at any county clerk's office. Either the county clerk or deputy clerk will help you.


How much does a marriage license cost?

The Tennessee marriage license fee varies by county, ranging from $93.50 to $107.50, with $100 being the most common price point.


Are there any residency conditions?

There are no marriage license residency requirements.


Where can I use my marriage license?

Your Tennessee marriage license can be used anywhere in the state, but only in Tennessee.


What information will the application ask for?

The marriage license application will ask for your current name, birth name, birth date, birthplace, gender, address, address after marriage, phone number, social security number, race, education completed, marital history, and parents' names, birth names, and birthplaces.

Can I submit my application online?

Most Tennessee counties allow you to submit the marriage license application online. You must pick up and pay for the license at the county clerk's office.


What if I can't apply in person?

You can submit a notarized absentee application or statement if you're a member of the U.S. armed forces serving overseas, incarcerated, or unable to appear due to a disability. Otherwise, you must apply together, in person.

Age Requirements

How old must I be to get married?

Aged 18 and over?

Any adult aged 18 or over is free to marry without soliciting anyone's consent.

Aged 17?

If you're 17 years old, you can get married to someone no more than four years your senior with the consent of a custodial parent, guardian, or next of kin. Consent can be granted in person or through a notarized affidavit.

Aged 16 and under?

Marriage below the age of 17 has been banned, effective May 21, 2018.

Premarital Education

What's the benefit of taking a premarital preparation course?

The marriage license fee will be reduced by $60 if you and your fiancé each present a notarized premarital preparation course certificate of completion signed by the instructor within the past year.

Waiting Period

When will I get my license?

You'll receive your marriage license immediately. You can marry that same day.


How long will my marriage license last?

Your marriage license will expire 30 days after it's been issued.


What form of ID should I bring?

Virtually any valid government-issued photo ID is acceptable, such as a driver's license, military ID card, passport, green card, or visa.

Will I also have to show my birth certificate?

If you're under 18 years old, bring a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you look less than 21, the clerk might want to see your certificate.

Blood Test

Do I have to get a blood test?

There is no longer a blood test requirement before getting married.


What if I'm previously divorced?

Divorcees do not have to bring proof of divorce. Knowing the divorce date is sufficient.


What if I'm a widow or widower?

Widows and widowers do not have to bring evidence of their late spouse's death. Just know the date of death.


Are witnesses required at my ceremony?

Witnesses are not required to participate in your marriage ceremony.

Name Change

How do I change my name due to marriage?

Name change after marriage isn't an automatic process. Although your marriage certificate authorizes you to change your name, you have to submit the necessary forms. You can use an online name change service to help complete the process.

License Return

When does my license need to be sent back?

Your marriage license must be returned to the issuing county clerk to be recorded in the marriage registry no later than three days after your marriage ceremony.

Marriage Certificate

How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

A certified copy of your marriage certificate can be purchased for $5 from the county clerk's office where you applied for your marriage license. The state's office of vital records also sells it for $15.

Common-law Marriage

Can I enter into a common-law marriage?

Although you can't establish a common-law marriage in Tennessee, the state will recognize one lawfully established in another jurisdiction.

Cousin Marriage

Can I marry my first cousin?

Marriage among first cousins is permitted.

Proxy Marriage

Can I get married by proxy?

You cannot have a proxy take your place during the marriage ceremony. You must be physically present to exchange vows.

Civil Ceremony

Can I get married in a civil ceremony?

You may ask the county clerk to schedule your civil ceremony with a judge at the county courthouse. Some county clerks also officiate.

Office Locations

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  1. So me and my husband went to get our marriage license, got the preacher to sign it, and when we went to turn it in names and social security numbers were put in wrong and what not.

    They gave us another license and told us to just get the preacher to sign it and bring it back. It's been 7 months since then and we still haven't went to see that preacher again.

    Could we still go get him to sign that one and turn it in? Is our license not valid anymore and we'd have to pay the money for license all over again?

    1. Could we still go get him to sign that one and turn it in?

      Yes, you can still go to your preacher after all this time has passed and get him to sign.

      There isn't a time limit to correct your marriage record.

      Is our license not valid anymore and we'd have to pay the money for license all over again?

      Your license is valid. Your marriage is valid. You do not have to pay for another license. That isn't an option anyway, since you're already married.

      It's in the county clerk's interest to make sure their records are properly amended so that the state's vital records also has corrected records.

  2. What are the requirements to get married in the courthouse? And what is the fee?

    1. What are the requirements to get married in the courthouse?

      You'll have to make an appointment.

      And what is the fee?

      You'll have to contact the courthouse for their fees. Some offices will perform your civil ceremony free of charge.

    1. Hi Brad. The course fee varies by instructor. They set their own rates. Ballpark is $20 to $30.

    1. Hi Tina. If you're referring to a courthouse ceremony, that's up to the judge. It's unlikely though.

  3. I applied over the weekend for a marriage license.I was checking if it was received? What fees will needed to be paid? Thanks

    1. Hi William. You'll have to pay the application fee, which is approximately $100.

  4. Our church offers pre-marital counseling for couples. Does that count as a pre-marital counseling course or is there a list of approve courses somewhere?

  5. I never got my name changed back to my maiden name after my divorce - I still have my hyphenated last name (maiden-married) and now I’m getting remarried. Do I have to bring anything about my divorce with me to get my new marriage license?

    1. Do I have to bring anything about my divorce with me to get my new marriage license?

      No. But make sure you remember the date your divorce was finalized.

  6. This info was from another website ( https://www.aclu-tn.org/general-requirements-marriage-tennessee/ ) regarding Marriage in TN:

    "Are we required to get premarital counseling before getting our license?

    No, but it will save you about $60.00. If you provide the county clerk with a valid and timely certificate of completion of a premarital preparation course conducted by an authorized counselor, approximately $60 of your marriage license fee will be waived.(12)."

    So, basically, it's "Legal Extortion" to charge people MORE money to acquire a marriage license, if they choose NOT to get pre-marriage counseling.

    We have been together for 10+ years and decided to Honor our Union Officially. No Pre-Marriage Counseling is going to change the way that we love and honor and treat each other.

    But yet, we're being PENALIZED for not joining the Status Quo? Because our belief system may be different than the majority of the State?

    We were told in a very disrespectful way by the Centerville County Clerk, "That's the way it is, take it or leave it!"

    Whatever happened to the "Separation of Church and State"?

  7. My fiancé and I are looking to get married in Tennessee but currently live in Maryland. What would we need to do for out of state residents? Could we apply and pick up the license same day? Or is there a waiting period?

    1. What would we need to do for out of state residents?

      Nothing different.

      Could we apply and pick up the license same day? Or is there a waiting period?

      Yes. There's no waiting period.

  8. When can we schedule an appointment to get married and who do we call to make the appointment

    1. Hi Charles. Availability varies. You'll have to phone your county clerk for their schedule. Check the offices lookup on this page to find your local office.

  9. Is it possible to get married as a tourist without a social security number?

    1. Hi Tim. Non-U.S. citizens don't need to supply a social security number.

  10. When you call about getting married at the courthouse who do you talk to?

  11. Can you still get married at the courthouse in Bolivar, by a judge or justice of the peace? If yes, do we need to make a appointment and what documents need to be brought with us? We have been married before and would like to get license and all in one stop.

    1. Can you still get married at the courthouse in Bolivar

      You'll have to contact the courthouse about availability.

      by a judge or justice of the peace

      Perhaps by a judge. Also inquire if the county clerk is willing and available to do so.

      do we need to make a appointment

      That's likely.

      what documents need to be brought with us?

      The same documents you'll need when applying for a marriage license: government-issued photo ID and birth certificate (for minors).

      would like to get license and all in one stop

      This would be possible if you make sure to schedule your ceremony to coincide with your application date.

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