How do I get a marriage license in Mississippi?
You and your spouse-to-be will need to appear together at a County Circuit Clerk’s office to file your application for a marriage license. You will need to bring the necessary documents and pay the license fee to receive your marriage license. If the bride is under 21 and she or her parents live in Mississippi, the application should be filed in the county where her custodial parent resides. Otherwise the application can be filed in any county in the state and will be good throughout Mississippi.
What information will we need to provide?
The application for a marriage license in Mississippi will ask you and your fiance to provide some basic information in order to receive your license.
- Full names and addresses
- Full names and addresses of parents
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Highest education completed
- Number of previous marriages and how and when they ended You will also need to bring the required documents and identification.
How old must we be to get married?
To get married in Mississippi, the bride must be at least 15 years old and the groom at least 17 years old. However, parental consent is needed for all applicants under the age of 21. Parental consent can be given by a parent who accompanies the minor when applying for the license, or can be sent by the Clerk’s office via certified mail. The license will only be issued in these cases once parental consent is confirmed.
What documentation will we need to bring with us?
In Mississippi, you and your fiance will need to the health certificate showing that you have done the required blood tests described below. You will both need to provide identification proving that you are over 21 such as a certified birth certificate or driver’s license. Also, if the bride or groom was previously married and the divorce was finalized within the last six months, you must also bring a copy of the final divorce decree.
Are there any blood or medical tests required before we can receive our marriage license?
Yes, Mississippi requires that both you and fiance obtain blood tests to test for syphilis before you can apply for your license. After your blood test is processed, you will be issued a health certificate that you need to submit for your marriage license. The blood test can be done by your own private doctor or at a county health center, but it must be dated no more than 30 days before you file your license application. If you and your fiance are from out of state and are traveling to Mississippi to get married, you can have the blood tests done in your home state but will need to present the results to a Mississippi county health center for review and issuance of the official certificate.
When can we pick up our license?
There is a 72 hour waiting period between the time you apply and the earliest the license can be picked up. This means that you must apply for your license at least three working days before your wedding in order for it to be valid for your ceremony.
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