If you're getting married in the state of Alabama you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is roughly $43.35+, although fees may vary from county to county. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of Alabama to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 30 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parents or legal guardians must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. A $200.00 bond must be executed and made payable to the state.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. If the divorce or spouse's death had taken place within the last 30 days, bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Alabama or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Alabama. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Alabama marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

Yes, common-law marriages are allowed in Alabama. The fact that it is a viable option in this state is notable considering common law marriage is not available in four-fifths of the country.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in Alabama.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Alabama has 67 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Autauga County Probate Records
134 N Court St
Prattville, AL 36067
Baldwin County Probate Office
P.O. Box 459
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Barbour County Probate Court
P.O. Box 158
Clayton, AL 36016
Bibb County Probate Court
455 Walnut St #100
Centreville, AL 35042
Blount County Clerk Probate Records
P.O. Box 549
Oneonta, AL 35121
Bullock County Probate Court
P.O. Box 71
Union Springs, AL 36089
Butler County Probate Court
P.O. Box 756
Greenville, AL 36037
Calhoun County Probate Court
1702 Noble St Suite 102
Anniston, AL 36201
Chambers County Probate Court
Courthouse Sq.
Lafayette, AL 36862
Cherokee County Probate Court
100 E Main St
Centre, AL 35960
Chilton County Judge of Probate
P.O. Box 270
Clanton, AL 35045
Choctaw County Probate Court
117 South Mullberry St #9
Butler, AL 36904
Clarke Probate Court
P.O. Box 10
Grove Hill, AL 36451
Clay County Probate Court
Court Square
Ashland, AL 36251
Cleburne County Probate Court
120 Vickery St # 101
Heflin, AL 36264
Coffee County Judge of Probate
P.O. Box 1256
Enterprise, AL 36330
Coffee-A County Probate
230 Court Ave # P
Elba, AL 36323
Colbert County Clerk Courthouse
P.O. Box 47
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Conecuh Probate Office P.O. Box 5
Jackson St
Evergreen, AL 36040
Coosa County Probate Office
P.O. Box 218
Rockford, AL 35136
Covington County Probate Office
P.O. Box 188
Andalusia, AL 36420
Crenshaw County Probate Office
P.O. Box 22
Luverne, AL 36049
Cullman County Probate Court
P.O. Box 698
Cullman, AL 35055
Dale County Probate Judge
P.O. Box 580
Qzark, AL 36361
Dallas Probate Recording Office
P.O. Box 997
Selma, AL 36701
De Kalb County Probate Court
300 Grand Ave, SW # 100
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Elmore County Probate Court
200 Commerce St
Wetumpka, AL 36092
Escambia County Probate Court
318 Belleville Ave
Brewton, AL 36427
Etowah County Probate Court
800 Forrest Ave
Gadsden, AL 35902
Fayette County Probate Office
P.O. Box 509
Fayette, AL 35555
Franklin County Probate Office
P.O. Box 70
Russellville, AL 35653
Geneva County Probate Office
2200 N Commerce St
Geneva, AL 36340
Greene County Probate Office
400 Morrow Ave
Eutaw, AL 35462
Hale County Probate Office
1001 Main St
Greensboro, AL 36744
Henry County Probate Office
101 Court Sq. # A
Abbeville, AL 36310
Houston County Probate Office
462 N Oates St
Dothan, AL 36303
Jackson County Probate Office
P.O. Box 128
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Lamar County Probate Court
N Pond St & Courthouse Sq.
Vernon, AL 35592
Lauderdale County Probate Court
200 South Court
Florence, AL 35630
Lawrence County Probate Court
14330 Court St # 102
Moulton, AL 35650
Lee County Probate Court
215 S 8th St
Opelika, AL 36802
Limestone County Probate Court
200 W Washington St
Athens, AL 35611
Lowndes County Probate Court
P.O. Box 5
Hayneville, AL 36040
Macon County Probate Court
101 E Northside St
Tuskegee, AL 36083
Madison County Probate Court
100 Northside Sq.
Huntsville, AL 35801
Marengo County Probate Court
101 East Coats # 101
Linden, AL 36748
Marion County Probate Court
Military St
Hamilton, AL 35570
Marshall County Probate Court
425 Gunter Ave # 110
Guntersville, AL 35976
Mobile County Probate Court
101 Government St
Mobile, AL 36002
Monroe County Probate Court
Courthouse Square
Monroeville, AL 36461
Montgomery County Probate Court
101 S Lawrence St
Montgomery, AL 36104
Morgan County Probate Court
302 Lee St
Decatur, AL 35601
Perry County Probate Court
P.O. Box 478
Marion, AL 36756
Pickens County Probate Court
P.O. Box 370
Carrollton, AL 35447
Pike County Probate Court
P.O. Box 1008
Troy, AL 36081
Randolph County Probate Court
P.O. Box 249
Wedowee, AL 36278
Russell County Probate Court
501 14th St
Pheonix City, AL 36867
Shelby County Probate Court
P.O. Box 825
Columbiana, AL 35051
St Clair County Probate Court
Court House Square
Ashville, AL 35953
Sumter County Probate Court
P.O. Box 1040
Livingston, AL 35470
Talladega County Probate Office
P.O. Box 755
Talladega, AL 35160
Tallapoosa County Probate Court
Dadeville, AL 36853
Tuscaloosa County Probate Court
P.O. Box 67
Tuscaloosa, AL 35402
Walker County Probate Court
1803 3rd Ave SW
Jasper, AL 35502
Washington County Probate Court
1 Court St
Chatom, AL 36518
Wilcox County Probate Court
P.O. Box 668
Camden, AL 36726
Winston County Probate Court
11 Blake Dr # 7
Double Springs, AL 35553