Georgia Marriage License Requirements
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You do not have to be a resident of Georgia.
If one of the parties is a resident of Georgia, the license can be issued in any county.
If neither party is a resident of Georgia, the license must be issued in the county in which the marriage ceremony is to be performed.
A marriage license is issued based upon a written application made by the applicants, verified by oath of the applicants.
1. The parties must be of sound mind, must have no living spouse from an undissolved prior marriage.
2. Persons related by blood or marriage, falling within the following relationships may not be married in Georgia:
father and daughter or stepdaughter
mother and son or stepson
brother and sister of the whole blood or half blood
grandparent and grandchild
aunt and nephew
uncle and niece
Two valid forms of id such as drivers license, birth certificate, U. S. passport, Armed Forces ID card, or Resident Alien ID card. Applicants will also be asked to fill out a brief form.
If divorced within six months, you will need to show a copy of your divorce decree. Some counties require a final divorce decree no matter how long you have been divorced. You can obtain a copy of your final divorce decree from the Superior Court in the county in which you filed for divorce.
There is no waiting period for getting married in Georgia.
How Much Does a Marriage License Cost?
There are two sets of fees for marriage license applications. The fee is either $56.00 (without certificate) or $26.00 (with certificate). The application fee is waived when the couple seeking the license has completed a qualifying premarital education program. A certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program in accordance with Code Section 19-3-30.1 must be presented for the $35.00 application fee to be waived.
In some instances, other minor charges may apply. Most probate courts accept cash, checks, and money orders but some ONLY ACCEPT CASH so please call to verify whether or not you need cash.
Under Georgia Law, a man and woman who present to the court at the time of making application a certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program shall not be assessed a marriage license fee. The premarital education shall include at least six hours of instruction involving marital issues, which may include but not be limited to conflict management, communication skills, financial responsibilities, child and parenting responsibilities, and extended family roles. The premarital education shall be completed within 12 months prior to the application for a marriage license and the couple shall undergo the premarital education together. The premarital education shall be performed by:
1. A professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 10A of Title 43;
2. A psychiatrist who is licensed as a physician pursuant to Chapter 34 of Title 43;
3. A psychologist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 39 of Title 43; or
4. An active member of the clergy when in the course of his or her service as clergy or his or her designee, including retired clergy, provided that a designee is trained and skilled in premarital education.
Cobb County offers a free Marital Workshop called Focus On Forever ( http://portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=2235&Itemid=903). It is a skill-based non-religious workshop designed to address issues concerning communication and listening skills, anger management, and financial planning. Contact the Cobb County Superior Court for more information. By state law, counties in Georgia now charge more for a marriage license if you do not show certification of a premarital education program.
As of July 1, 2003, blood tests are no longer required in Georgia.
The applicants must designate on the application the legal surname that will be used after the marriage. An applicant may choose his or her given surname or his or her surname as changed by order of the superior court, the surname from a previous marriage, the spouse's surname, or a combination of the spouse's surname and the applicant's given or changed surname or surname from a previous marriage.
No. However, common-law marriages will be recognized in Georgia if it was created before January 1, 1997.
You must be at least 16 years of age in order to obtain a license in Georgia. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, both parents and legal guardians must give their consent in person unless his/her rights have been terminated by an Order of a court.
Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit (http://www.marriagenamechange.com/).
Same Sex Marriages:
No. In November, 2004, voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage.
Licensed or ordained ministers, clergymen, or pastors of recognized religious societies, and justices of the peace.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage:
Vital Records 2600 Skyland Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30319-3640 Phone: (404) 679-4701
It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk (found on the next page) before making any wedding or travel plans.
State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.
Georgia County Clerk’s Offices:
Cobb Probate Court
Marietta, GA 770.528.1900
Chatham Probate Court
Savannah, GA 912.652.7270
Bibb Probate Court
Macon, GA 912.749.6493
De Kalb County Recorder
Decator, GA 404.371.2601
Coweta Probate Court
Newnan, GA 404.254.2640
Crawford Probate Court
Knoxville, GA 912.836.3313
Dougherty Probate Court
Albany, GA 912.431.2102
Cherokee Probate Court
Canton, GA 770.479.1953
Clarke Probate Court
Athens, GA 706.613.3195
Forsyth Probate Court
Cumming, GA 770.781.2140
Clayton Probate Court
Jonesboro, GA 404.477.3299
Gwinnett Probate Court
Lawrenceville, GA 770.822.8250
Greene Probate Court
Greensboro, GA 706.453.3346
Coffee County Clerk
Douglas, GA 912.384.5213
Hall Probate Court
Gainsville, GA 770.531.6921
Henry Probate Court
Mcdonough, GA 770.954.2303
Douglas Probate Court
Douglasville, GA 770.920.7249
Newton Probate Court
Covington, GA 770.784.2045
Pickens Probate Court
Jasper, GA 706.692.2515
Floyd Probate Court
Rome, GA 706.291.5136
Rockdale Probate Court
Conyers, GA 770.929.4016
Richmond Probate Court
Augusta, GA 706.821.2434
Fulton Probate Court
Atlanta, GA 404.730.4692
Spalding Probate Court
Griffin, GA 770.467.4726
For a comprehensive list of Georgia county clerk offices, please click HERE: