If you're getting married in the state of Georgia 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 $26.00 to $30.00 dollars, although fees may vary from county to county.

Residency Requirement

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

If both partners are residents you may obtain your license from a Town Clerk of your residence. If only one of you is a resident go to the Town Clerk of that resident. In either circumstance, your license will be valid statewide. If neither partner are residents you must apply for your license in the county where the marriage will take place.

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 marriage license will never expire once it's been issued.

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

This scenario wouldn't apply to you because, as stated above, your license will not expire once it's been issued to you.

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, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order. A minor who is pregnant does not need parental consent as long as the pregnancy is verified in a written statement by a licensed physician.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

As of July 1, 2003, blood tests are no longer 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 6 months, 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 Georgia 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 Georgia. 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 Georgia 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 Georgia. 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 Georgia.

Where to Go

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

Georgia has 154 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.

Appling County Probate Court
106 Tippins St
Baxley, GA 31513
912-367-8114
Atkinson County Probate Court
P.O. Box 855
Pearson, GA 31642
912-422-3552
Bacon County Probate Court
Corner Of 12th & Dixon
Alma, GA 31510
912-632-7661
Baker County Probate Court
1 Baker Place
Newton, GA 31770
912-734-3007
Banks County Probate Court
P.O. Box 337
Homer, GA 30547
706-677-6250
Barrow County Probate Court
P.O. Box 1280
Winder, GA 30680
770-307-3000
Ben Hill County Probate Court
P.O. Box 1104
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
912-426-5137
Berrien County Probate Court
100 Jeff Davis St
Nashville, GA 31639
912-686-5213
Bibb County Probate Court
601 Mulberry St
Room 216

Macon, GA 31201
912-749-6493
Bleckley County Probate Court
306 2nd St SE
Cochran, GA 31014
912-934-3204
Brantley County Probate Court
P.O. Box 1067
Nantucket, GA 31553
912-462-5192
Brooks County Probate Court
P.O. Box 630
Quitman, GA 31643
912-263-5567
Bryan County Probate Court
401 S. College St
Pembroke, GA 31321
912-653-3856
Bulloch County Probate Court
26 S Main St
Stakesboro, GA 30458
912-489-8749
Burke County Probate Court
P.O. Box 803
Waynesboro, GA 30830
706-554-3000
Butts County Probate Court
26 Third St
Jackson, GA 30233
770-775-8204
Calhoun County Probate Court
P.O. Box 68
Morgan, GA 31766
912-849-2715
Camden County Probate Court
P.O. Box 99
Woodbine, GA 31569
912-576-5601
Candler County Probate Court
P.O. Drawer 830
Metter, GA 30439
912-685-2357
Carroll County Clerk Probate Court
311 Newnan St
Room 203

Carrollton, GA 30117
770-830-8540
Catoosa County Marriage License
Catoosa County Court House
Ringgold, GA 30736
706-935-3511
Charlton County Marriage Bureau
100 S 3rd St
Folkston, GA 31537
912-496-2230
Chatham County Probate Court
133 Montgomery, Suite 304
Savannah, GA 31410
912-652-7270
Chattahoochee County Probate Court
P.O. Box 120
Cusseta, GA 31805
706-989-3603
Chattooga County Probate Court
P.O. Box 159
Summerville, GA 30747
706-857-2594
Cherokee County Probate Court
100 North St Room 3
Canton, GA 30114
770-479-1953
Clarke County Probate Court
325 E Washington St
Athens, GA 30601
706-613-3195
Clay County Probate Court
P.O. Box 550
Fort Gaines, GA 31751
912-768-2445
Clayton County Probate Court
121 South Mc Donough St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
404-477-3299
Clinch County Probate Court
P.O. Box 433
Homersville, GA 31634
912-487-5523
Cobb Probate Court
10 East Park Square
Marietta, GA 30090
770-528-1900
Coffee County Courthouse Annex #2
Coffee St
Douglas, GA 31533
912-384-5213
Colquitt County Probate Court
Courthouse
1 S. Main St
Moultrie, GA 31772
912-891-7415
Columbia County Probate Court
P.O. Box 100
Appling, GA 30802
706-541-1254
Coweta County Probate Court
Court Square
Newnan, GA 30264
404-254-2640
Crawford County Probate Court
Crawford County Courthouse
Hwy 341

Knoxville, GA 31050
912-836-3313
Crisp County Probate Court
P.O. Box 747
Cordele, GA 31015
912-276-2607
Dade County Probate Court
Courthouse
U.S Hwy 11 North
Trenton, GA 30752
706-398-1616
Dawson County Probate Court
P.O. Box 222
Georgia, GA 30534
706-265-2525
De Kalb County Recorder Probate Court
556 North McDonough St
Decator, GA 30030
404-371-2601
Decatur County Probate Court
P.O. Box 336
Bainbridge, GA 31717
912-248-3016
Dodge County Probate Court
Dodge County Courthouse
Eastman, GA 31023
912-374-3775
Dougherty County Probate Court
Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 1827
Albany, GA 31703
912-431-2102
Douglas County Probate Court
6754 Broad St
Douglasville, GA 30134
770-920-7249
Early County Probate Court
30 Court Sq., # 8
Blakely, GA 31723
912-723-3454
Echols County Probate Court
Courthouse
Highway 129 & 94
Statenville, GA 31648
912-559-7526
Effingham County Probate Court
901 N Pine St
Springfield, GA 31329
912-754-2112
Elbert County Probate Court
12 S Oliver St
Elberton, GA 30635
706-283-2016
Emanuel County Probate Court
P.O. Box 627
Swainsboro, GA 30401
912-237-7091
Evans County Probate Court
P.O. Box 845
Claxton, GA 30417
912-739-4080
Fannin County Probate Court
420 W Main St
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
404-632-3011
Fayette County Probate Court
145 Johnson Ave
Fayette, GA 30214
404-461-4703
Floyd County Probate Court
P.O. Box 1110
Rome, GA 30162
706-291-5136
Forsyth County Probate Court
100 Courthouse Square
Room 110

Cumming, GA 30130
770-781-2140
Franklin County Probate Court
9592 Lavonia Rd
Carnesville, GA 30521
706-384-7214
Fulton County Probate Court
137 Peachtree Steet
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-730-4692
Gilmer County Probate Court
1 West Sidesquare
Ellijay, GA 30540
404-635-4763
Glascock County Probate Court
P.O. Box 231
Gibson, GA 30810
706-598-3241
Glynn County Probate Court
P.O. Box 1355
Brunswick, GA 31520
912-267-5626
Gordon County Probate Court
P.O. Box 367
Calhoun, GA 30701
706-629-7314
Grady County Probate Court
250 N Broad St
Cairo, GA 31728
912-377-2912
Greene County Probate Court
113 N Main St, # C
Greensboro, GA 30642
706-453-3346
Gwinnett County Probate Court
75 Langley Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30246
770-822-8250
Habersham County Probate Court
P.O. Box 108
Clarksville, GA 30523
706-754-2013
Hall County Probate Court
116 Spring St
Gainsville, GA 30503
770-531-6921
Hancock County Probate Court
P.O. Box 451
Sparta, GA 31087
706-444-5343
Haralson County Probate Court
P.O. Box 373
Buckanan, GA 30113
706-692-2515
Harris County Probate Court
Highway 27 Court House
Hamilton, GA 31811
706-628-5038
Hart County Probate Court
Court House Annex
Public Square

Hartwell, GA 30613
706-376-2565
Heard County Probate Court
P.O. Box 240
Franklin, GA 30217
706-675-3353
Henry County Probate Court
Clerk Superior Court
1 Courthouse Square
Mcdonough, GA 30253
770-954-2303
Houston County Probate Court
800 Carroll St
Perry, GA 31069
912-987-2770
Irwin County Probate Court
P.O. Box 182
Ocilla, GA 31774
912-468-5138
Jackson County Probate Court
85 Washington St
Jefferson, GA 30549
706-367-6366
Jasper County Probate Court
Jasper County Courthouse
Monticello, GA 31064
706-468-4903
Jeff Davis County Probate Court
100 Jeff Davis St
Hazlehurst, GA 31539
912-375-4263
Jefferson County Probate Court
202 E Broad St
Louisville, GA 30434
912-625-3258
Jenkins County Probate Court
P.O. Box 904
Millen, GA 30442
912-982-5581
Johnson County Probate Court
150 Bradford St
Wrightsville, GA 31096
912-864-3316
Jones County Probate Court
Jefferson St
Gray, GA 31032
912-986-6668
Lamar County Probate Court
326 Thomaston St
Barnesville, GA 30204
770-358-5155
Lanier County Probate Court
100 W Main St
Lakeland, GA 31635
912-482-3668
Laurens County Probate Court
101 N Jefferson St
Dublin, GA 31040
912-272-2566
Lee County Probate Court
P.O. Box 597
Leesburg, GA 31763
912-759-6022
Liberty County Probate Court
112 N Main St
Hinesville, GA 31313
912-876-3635
Lincoln County Probate Court
P.O. Box 340
Lincolnton, GA 30817
404-359-7595
Long County Probate Court
P.O. Box 458
Ludowici, GA 31316
912-545-2123
Lowndes County Probate Court
P.O. Box 1349
Valdosta, GA 31601
912-333-5103
Lumpkin County Probate Court
279 Courthouse Hill
Dahlonega, GA 30533
404-864-3847
Macon County Probate Court
Sumter St
Oglethrope, GA 31068
912-472-7685
Madison County Probate Court
91 Aubany Ave
Danielsville, GA 30633
404-795-3354
Marion County Probate Court
P.O. Box 41
Buena Vista, GA 31803
912-649-5549
Mc Duffie County Probate Court
Courthouse
337 Main St
Thomson, GA 30834
706-595-2124
Mc Intosh County Probate Court
P.O. Box 1661
Darien, GA 31305
912-437-6636
Meriwether County Probate Court
P.O. Box 160
Greenville, GA 30222
706-672-4952
Miller County Probate Court
P.O. Box 66
Colquitt, GA 31737
912-758-4110
Mitchell County Probate Court
11 Broad St
Camilla, GA 31730
912-336-2016
Monroe County Probate Court
P.O. Box 450
Forsyth, GA 31029
912-994-7037
Montgomery County Probate Court
400 N Railroad Ave
Mt. Vernon, GA 30445
912-583-2681
Morgan County Probate Court
149 E Jefferson St
Madison, GA 30650
706-342-1373
Murray County Probate Court
P. O Box 1000
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-695-3812
Muscogee County Probate Court
100 10th St
Columbus, GA 31994
706-653-4333
Newton County Probate Court
1132 Usher St
Covington, GA 30014
770-784-2045
Oconee County Probate Court
23 N Main St
Watkinsville, GA 30677
706-769-3936
Oglethrope County Probate Court
P.O. Box 68
Lexington, GA 30648
706-743-5350
Paulding County Probate Court
11 Court House
Square, Rm G-2

Dallas, GA 30132
770-443-7541
Peach County Probate Court
205 W Church St
Fort Valley, GA 31030
912-825-2313
Pickens County Probate Court
P.O. Box 130
Jasper, GA 30143
706-692-2515
Pierce County Probate Court
3550 US Highway 84
Blackshear, GA 31516
912-449-2029
Pike County Clerk Probate Court
P.O. Box 10
Zebulon, GA 30295
770-567-8734
Polk County Probate Court
P.O. Box 948
Cedertown, GA 30125
770-749-2128
Pulaski County Probate Court
P.O. Box 88
Hawkinsville, GA 31036
912-783-2061
Putnam County Probate Court
100 S Jefferson Ave
Eatonton, GA 31024
706-485-5476
Quitman County Probate Court
P.O. Box 307
Georgetown, GA 31754
912-334-2224
Rabun County Probate Court
25 Courthouse Sq., # 15
Clayton, GA 30525
404-782-3614
Randolph County Probate Court
P.O. Box 98
Cuthbert, GA 31740
912-732-2671
Richmond County Probate Court
530 Greene St
Augusta, GA 30901
706-821-2434
Rockdale County Probate Court
922 Court St,Rm 203
Conyers, GA 30207
770-929-4016
Schley County Probate Court
P.O. Box 7
Ellaville, GA 31806
912-937-2905
Screven County Probate Court
P.O. Box 156
Sylvania, GA 30467
912-564-2783
Seminole County Marriage Lcns
Clerk of Superior Court
P.O. Box 672
Donalsonville, GA 31745
912-524-5015
Spalding County Probate Court
120 E Solmon St
Griffin, GA 30224
770-467-4726
Stephens County Probate Court
Tugalo St
Toccoa, GA 30577
706-886-2828
Stewart County Probate Court
P.O. Box 910
Lumpkin, GA 31815
912-838-4394
Sumter County Probate Court
P.O. Box 333
Americus, GA 31709
912-924-7693
Talbot County Probate Court
P.O. Box 325
Talbotton, GA 31827
706-665-8868
Taliaferro County Probate Court
13 Monument St SE
Crawfordville, GA 30631
706-456-2253
Taylor County Probate Court
P.O. Box 248
Butler, GA 31006
912-862-5420
Telfair County Probate Court
Courthouse Sq
Mc Rae, GA 31055
912-836-3313
Terrell County Probate Judge
P.O. Box 67
Dawson, GA 31742
912-995-5515
Thomas County Marriage License
P.O. Box 1995
Thomasville, GA 31799
912-225-4116
Tift County Probate Court
225 Tift Ave, N # 117
Tifton, GA 31793
912-386-7818
Toombs County Probate Court
100 Courthouse Sq.
Lyons, GA 30436
912-526-8696
Towns County Probate Court
P.O. Box 178
Hiawassee, GA 30546
706-896-3467
Treutlen County Probate Court
P.O. Box 356
Soperton, GA 30457
912-529-3342
Troup County Probate Court
118 Ridley
La Grange, GA 30240
706-883-1691
Turner County Probate Court
P.O. Box 106
Ashburn, GA 31714
912-567-2151
Twiggs County Probate Court
109 E Main St
Jeffersonvile, GA 31044
912-945-3390
Union County Probate Court
Route 8 Box 8005
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-7007
Upson County Probate Court
P.O. Box 469
Thomaston, GA 30286
706-647-7015
Walker County Probate Court
Duke St, # 201
La Fayette, GA 30728
706-638-2852
Walton County Probate Court
116 S Broad St
Monroe, GA 30655
770-267-1345
Ware County Probate Court
800 Church St
Waycross, GA 31502
912-287-4315
Warren County Probate Court
Main St
P.O. Box 346

Warrenton, GA 30828
706-465-2227
Washington County Probate Court
Courthouse
P.O. Box 231
Sandersville, GA 31082
912-552-3304
Wayne County Probate Court
P.O. Box 918
Jesup, GA 31545
912-427-5940
Webster County Probate Court
P.O. Box 117
Preston, GA 31824
912-828-3525
Wheeler County Probate Court
Pearl St
Alamo, GA 30411
912-568-7133
White County Probate Court
1650 S. Main St
Cleveland, GA 30528
706-865-4141
Whitfield County Probate Court
P.O. Box 868
Dalton, GA 30720
706-275-7400
Wilcox County Probate Court
103 N Broad St
Abbeville, GA 31001
912-467-2220
Wilkes County Probate Court
23 East Court St
Room 205

Washington, GA 30673
706-678-2523
Wilkinson County Probate Court
Courthouse
100 Bacon St
Irwinton, GA 31042
912-946-2222
Worth County Probate Court
201 Main St Room 13
Sylvester, GA 31791
912-776-8207