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 must print out or write down the confirmation and bring it with you when you come to apply.
If either of the applicants 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
Both applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply for a marriage license without parental consent. Proof of age must be presented by every applicant who does not appear to the judge or clerk to be at least 25 years of age. 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
- Selective service card
If either applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, a license may be issued only with the written consent of the parent or parents of the underage applicant. No license may be issued if either applicant is under the age of 16. As of July 1, 2006, the pregnancy of a female applicant no longer authorizes the issuance of a license to a 16 or 17 year old without consent. An appointment is highly recommended.
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.)
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.
The fee for a marriage license is $66. However, with the Pre-Marital Counseling Form (PDF), which may be obtained from the Probate Court, the fee is $26. 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.
The Judge of the Probate Court does not perform weddings.
Visit the Georgia Probate Court website for more information on marriage licenses.