If you want to get married in Georgia, you'll need a marriage license . County probate courts grant marriage licenses to couples.
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 person is a Georgia resident, then you must apply for the license in the county where the wedding will occur. Both the persons must apply together and in person at the county probate court for the license.
You'll both have to fill out an application, sign it, and pay a license fee. The amount varies depending on the county. If you want to reduce the license fee, you can take a premarital education program. It's a six-hour class that reviews basic marriage lessons such as budgeting and conflict resolution.
You can receive your license that same day and there isn't a waiting period.
If either person was previously married, he or she must show certified documents on how previous marriage ended such as divorce, annulment, or death.
The following table highlights the main provisions of Georgia marriage license requirements. See Marriage Laws Overview, Prenuptial Agreements, Tips for Marriage, and Marriage FAQs for more information.
|Code Section||Georgia Code of Domestic Relations Title 19, Section 19-3-30|
|Where to Obtain a License||County Probate Court|
18 years old, otherwise 16 years old as long as you have parental consent.
Two forms of identification driver's license, passport or birth certificate. If your identifying documents are printed in a language other than English, you'll need to hire a notary to type a certified translation.
|Same Sex Marriage||No|
|Blood Test Requirement||
|Fees||Varies by county. Check the website for more information.|
|How Long is the License Valid?||No expiration date|
|Who Can Preside Over the Ceremony?||Licensed or ordained ministers, clergymen, or pastors of recognized religious societies, and justices of the peace.|
|Prior Marriage?||If you've been married before, you'll need to present to the court your divorce decree.|
|Where to Request Marriage Certificate or Divorce Decree||Georgia Department of Public Health Vital Records|
Because marriage laws can sometimes get complicated, it may also be a good idea to consult an experienced Georgia family law attorney or Georgia Legal Aid if you have questions about your specific situation.
Contact a qualified attorney.