Apply For A South Carolina Marriage License

My fiance and I are getting married in South Carolina. What do we need to do?

Besides all the plans for your wedding, you will also need to make time to get your marriage license from the state to make your marriage legal. Marriage licenses are issued at the county level and can be obtained from a County Probate Judge in any county in South Carolina. You and your fiance will need to go to the County Probate office together to apply for the license. You should apply for your marriage license at least one day before your wedding as the license does not become valid until 24 hours after it is issued. After your wedding, your marriage officiant will need to sign the license and return it to the County Probate office that issued it. Then your marriage will be entered into the official record and you will be legally married.

Do we need to be residents of South Carolina to get married there?

No, South Carolina does not have any residency requirements for a marriage license to be issued. However, there may be a difference in how much the license cost based on residency. For example, the marriage license fee in Cherokee County is currently $30 for county residence and $50 for applicants who are not county residents.

What should we bring with us when we go to apply for the marriage license?

In South Carolina, both applicants will need to bring a Social Security card or Alien Identification card. If you no longer have your physical Social Security card, you must bring some other paperwork that displays the full number, such as a paystub or voter registration card. You will also need to present some form of identification, such as a certified birth certificate, driver’s license, state issued identity card, military identification card, or valid passport.

Are there any special requirements if this is not my first marriage?

Generally no. You do not need to provide proof of divorce or widowhood unless you have since reverted back to your maiden name. In that case, you will need to present a certified copy of your final divorce decree or a certified copy of your previous spouse’s death certificate.

When does the marriage license expire in South Carolina?

Marriage licenses issued in South Carolina have no expiration date. However they are only valid for weddings that take place in South Carolina.  


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