Apply For A Georgia Marriage License

How do I get a marriage license in Georgia?

Marriage licenses are obtained by applying for one at a county probate court. If either you or your spouse-to-be is a resident of Georgia, then you may apply for the license in any county, regardless of where in the state the wedding will take place. However, if neither party is a Georgia resident, then you must apply for the license in the county where the wedding will occur. Both the bride and groom must apply together and in person at the county probate court for the license.

What information will we need to give when filling out the application?

The information requested may vary depending on where you apply, but generally both parties will need to give their full names and dates of birth, as well as produce government issued identification such as a birth certificate, driver’s license, or passport that verifies this information. You will also need to state what your surname will be on the marriage certificate following the marriage. If it is different from your given surname, your spouse’s surname, or a combination of these two, then you will need to provide proof of a formal name change. If either party has been divorced in the previous 12 months, then you will also need to provide a copy of the final divorce decree that has the court’s file stamp in order to receive the license. Similarly, if a previous marriage ended with the death of the spouse, then a copy of the death certificate is required. You must be able to provide all the required information and documentation at the time you file the application or else the application will be denied.

What fees will we need to pay for the marriage license?

The cost of the license varies by county. For example, Gwinnett County charges $51 while Decatur County charges $62. However all counties in Georgia give a discount for couples who complete a six hour pre-marital counseling course. The course must be taken within 12 months of applying for the license in order to receive the discount.

Are blood tests needed?

No, Georgia no longer requires any blood tests in order to receive a marriage license. However, the state government recommends that all parties have tests for sick cell done prior to marriage.

How long is the license good for?

Once issued, the license is good indefinitely for any marriage performed in the state though Georgia requests that you try to use it within a year of issuance.  


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