Georgia Marriage Licenses

Search for Georgia marriage license rules and requirements. You can learn how to get a marriage license, a marriage certificate, or marriage records from your local Marriage License Office, Clerk, Health Department, or Town or City Hall.


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Marriage License Application Requirements and Process:

1. Apply where: County Probate Court

2. Minimum Age: 18, or 16 in certain counties with parental consent

3. Cost/fees: $16-$67, depending on whether the couple completes a qualifying premarital education program and whether a certified copy of the license is included

4. Identification: birth certificate, driver's license, state-issued identification, passport, military identification card

5. Blood test / Physical Test: No

6. Residency Requirement: No, but non-residents must obtain a marriage license in the county where the marriage ceremony will be performed

7. Witnesses: Yes

8. License Valid: Indefinitely

9. Waiting Period: No

10. Same-sex marriage: Yes

11. Marriage between cousins: Yes

12. Divorce/Widow: Yes, with official documents

13. Proxy Marriage: No

14. Common Law Marriage: No, but common law marriages predating January 1, 1997 remain valid

Questions/Answers about Georgia Marriage Licenses

What do you have to do to get married?

To get married in Georgia, both members of the couple must visit a County Probate Court in person to fill out a marriage license application. You will have to meet certain age requirements, provide photo identification, and pay a fee. Once you have received the marriage license, you must perform a marriage ceremony while the license is still valid. Your officiant will complete the marriage license and submit it to the proper county authority. After the marriage license has been recorded, the Probate Court will issue a certified marriage certificate as proof of marriage.

How do I get a marriage license in Georgia?

You will need to visit the County Probate Court to apply for a marriage license. Non-residents must apply in the county where the marriage ceremony will take place. Both members of the couple must prove that they have reached the eligible age, provide photo identification, and pay a fee.

How much does it cost to get a marriage license in Georgia?

The cost for a marriage license in Georgia varies from $16 to $67 depending on the county and whether the couple has complete a qualifying premarital education course.

How old do you have to be to get married in Georgia?

You must reach the minimum of 18 years of age to get married in Georgia. Some counties allow individuals between 16 and 18 to marry with parental consent.

Can you get married under 18 in Georgia?

Yes, in certain counties. Individuals between 16 and 18 can get married in some counties with parental consent. Parental consent requires both parents or legal guardians to provide identification to confirm the relationship, and both must be in attendance. If only one parent or guardian is present, there must be sufficient evidence for why a parent is unable to attend.

Do you need a blood test to get married?

No. There is no legal requirement for a premarital blood test or physical exam in order to get married in Georgia.

Who can legally marry you in Georgia?

The state of Georgia requires a recognized officiant to perform a marriage ceremony. This includes licensed or ordained religious officials, as well as government officials such as justices of the peace, judges, or magistrates.

Do you need a witness to get married?

Yes. In Georgia, two witnesses over the age of 18 must be present at the marriage ceremony. These witnesses must sign the marriage license, along with the officiant and the couple.

How long does it take to get a marriage license in Georgia?

There is no waiting period to receive a marriage license.

What can you do when your marriage license expires?

Georgia marriage licenses do not expire.

What if you or your spouse were previously married? Widowed or divorced?

There is no waiting period in the state of Georgia for entering into a new marriage. However, official documentation for any prior marriages is required. This may include official copies of divorce decrees or death certificates.

Can you get married by proxy?

No. Marriage by proxy is not permitted in Georgia.

Is same-sex marriage legal in Georgia?

Yes. Same-sex marriage is legal in Georgia.

Can you marry your cousin?

Yes. It is legal to marry your first cousin in Georgia.

Is Georgia a common law marriage state?

No. Common law marriages are no longer allowed in Georgia. However, common law marriages established before January 1, 1997 are still recognized as valid.

How do you change your name after getting married?

You will need to present your marriage certificate to several government entities, including the Georgia state or county government, the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to receive a new license, the Social Security Administration (SSA) to update your Social Security Card, the U.S. Department of State to receive a new passport, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Some government agencies may require a valid marriage certificate. You may also need to provide a marriage certificate to change your name on your insurance, bank accounts, utilities, and with other companies.