Alabama Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in AL

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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or 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

334-361-3731

Baldwin County , Probate Office

P.O. Box 459
Bay Minette, AL 36507

251-937-9561

Barbour County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 158
Clayton, AL 36016

334-775-8371

Bibb County , Probate Court

455 Walnut St #100
Centreville, AL 35042

205-926-3104

Blount County Clerk , Probate Records

P.O. Box 549
Oneonta, AL 35121

205-625-4191

Bullock County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 71
Union Springs, AL 36089

334-738-2250

Butler County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 756
Greenville, AL 36037

334-382-3512

Calhoun County , Probate Court

1702 Noble St Suite 102
Anniston, AL 36201

256-236-8231

Chambers County , Probate Court

Courthouse Sq.
Lafayette, AL 36862

334-642-5348

Cherokee County , Probate Court

100 E Main St
Centre, AL 35960

256-927-3363

Chilton County , Judge Of Probate

P.O. Box 270
Clanton, AL 35045

205-755-1555

Choctaw County , Probate Court

117 South Mullberry St #9
Butler, AL 36904

205-459-2417

Clarke Probate Court

P.O. Box 10
Grove Hill, AL 36451

334-275-3251

Clay County , Probate Court

Court Square
Ashland, AL 36251

256-354-2198

Cleburne County , Probate Court

120 Vickery St # 101
Heflin, AL 36264

205-463-5655

Coffee County , Judge Of Probate

P.O. Box 1256
Enterprise, AL 36330

334-347-2688

Coffee-A County Probate

230 Court Ave # P
Elba, AL 36323

334-897-2211

Colbert County Clerk , Courthouse

P.O. Box 47
Tuscumbia, AL 35674

256-386-8542

Conecuh Probate Office , P.O. Box 5

Jackson St
Evergreen, AL 36040

334-548-2365

Coosa County , Probate Office

P.O. Box 218
Rockford, AL 35136

256-377-4919

Covington County , Probate Office

P.O. Box 188
Andalusia, AL 36420

334-222-3189

Crenshaw County , Probate Office

P.O. Box 22
Luverne, AL 36049

334-335-6568

Cullman County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 698
Cullman, AL 35055

256-739-3530

Dale County , Probate Judge

P.O. Box 580
Qzark, AL 36361

334-774-2754

Dallas Probate , Recording Office

P.O. Box 997
Selma, AL 36701

334-874-2516

De Kalb County , Probate Court

300 Grand Ave, SW # 100
Fort Payne, AL 35967

256-845-8510

Elmore County , Probate Court

200 Commerce St
Wetumpka, AL 36092

334-567-1138

Escambia County , Probate Court

318 Belleville Ave
Brewton, AL 36427

334-867-0263

Etowah County , Probate Court

800 Forrest Ave
Gadsden, AL 35902

256-549-5334

Fayette County , Probate Office

P.O. Box 509
Fayette, AL 35555

205-932-5916

Franklin County , Probate Office

P.O. Box 70
Russellville, AL 35653

256-332-8801

Geneva County , Probate Office

2200 N Commerce St
Geneva, AL 36340

334-684-2276

Greene County , Probate Office

400 Morrow Ave
Eutaw, AL 35462

205-372-3340

Hale County , Probate Office

1001 Main St
Greensboro, AL 36744

334-624-7391

Henry County , Probate Office

101 Court Sq. # A
Abbeville, AL 36310

334-585-3257

Houston County , Probate Office

462 N Oates St
Dothan, AL 36303

334-677-4719

Jackson County , Probate Office

P.O. Box 128
Scottsboro, AL 35768

256-574-9290

Lamar County , Probate Court

N Pond St & Courthouse Sq.
Vernon, AL 35592

205-695-9119

Lauderdale County , Probate Court

200 South Court
Florence, AL 35630

256-760-5800

Lawrence County , Probate Court

14330 Court St # 102
Moulton, AL 35650

256-974-2439

Lee County , Probate Court

215 S 8th St
Opelika, AL 36802

334-745-9761

Limestone County , Probate Court

200 W Washington St
Athens, AL 35611

256-233-6427

Lowndes County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 5
Hayneville, AL 36040

334-548-2365

Macon County , Probate Court

101 E Northside St
Tuskegee, AL 36083

334-724-2611

Madison County , Probate Court

100 Northside Sq.
Huntsville, AL 35801

256-532-3330

Marengo County , Probate Court

101 East Coats # 101
Linden, AL 36748

334-295-2210

Marion County , Probate Court

Military St
Hamilton, AL 35570

205-921-2471

Marshall County , Probate Court

425 Gunter Ave # 110
Guntersville, AL 35976

256-571-7764

Mobile County , Probate Court

101 Government St
Mobile, AL 36002

334-937-9561

Monroe County , Probate Court

Courthouse Square
Monroeville, AL 36461

334-743-4107

Montgomery County , Probate Court

101 S Lawrence St
Montgomery, AL 36104

334-832-1235

Morgan County , Probate Court

302 Lee St
Decatur, AL 35601

256-351-4675

Perry County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 478
Marion, AL 36756

334-683-2210

Pickens County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 370
Carrollton, AL 35447

205-367-2010

Pike County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 1008
Troy, AL 36081

334-566-1246

Randolph County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 249
Wedowee, AL 36278

256-357-4933

Russell County , Probate Court

501 14th St
Pheonix City, AL 36867

334-298-0509

Shelby County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 825
Columbiana, AL 35051

205-669-3710

St Clair County , Probate Court

Court House Square
Ashville, AL 35953

205-338-9449

Sumter County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 1040
Livingston, AL 35470

205-652-7281

Talladega County , Probate Office

P.O. Box 755
Talladega, AL 35160

256-245-2900

Tallapoosa County , Probate Court

Courthouse
Dadeville, AL 36853

256-825-4266

Tuscaloosa County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 67
Tuscaloosa, AL 35402

205-349-3870

Walker County , Probate Court

1803 3rd Ave SW
Jasper, AL 35502

205-384-7281

Washington County , Probate Court

1 Court St
Chatom, AL 36518

334-847-2201

Wilcox County , Probate Court

P.O. Box 668
Camden, AL 36726

334-682-4883

Winston County , Probate Court

11 Blake Dr # 7
Double Springs, AL 35553

205-489-5219