If you're getting married in the state of Mississippi 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 $21.00 dollars. 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 Mississippi 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 a mandatory 3 day waiting period before your license is issued to you. In most states, the waiting period does not include Saturdays, Sundays or federal holidays. In some instances, the day the application is filed is not included within the waiting period timeline.

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 90 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 21 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 21?

If either partner is under 21, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

Yes, the couple is required to take a blood test for syphilis prior to receiving a license. The blood test must be analyzed by a state certified laboratory and recorded on a state form. This form can be obtained from the physician, clinic, or the Office of the Town Clerk. Test results become invalid after 30 days.

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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi. 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 Mississippi marriage license.

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

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Mississippi. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

No, cousin marriages are not allowed.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

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

Where to Go

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

Mississippi has 64 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.

Adams County Circuit Clerk
1 Courthouse Sq
Natchey, MS 39120
Alcorn County Circuit Clerk
600 E Waldron St
Corinth, MS 38834
Amite County Circuit Clerk
243 Main St
Liberty, MS 39645
Attala County Circuit Clerk
230 W Washington St
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Benton County Circuit Clerk
100 Main St
Ashland, MS 38603
Bolivar County Circuit Clerk
200 S Court St
Cleveland, MS 38732
Calhoun County Circuit Clerk
103 W Main St
Pittsboro, MS 38951
Carroll County Circuit Clerk
Lexington St
Carrollton, MS 38917
Chickasay County Circuit Clerk
109 N Jefferson St
Houston, MS 38851
Claiborne County Circuit Clerk
410 Main St
Port Gibson, MS 39150
Clay County Circuit Clerk
Marriage Division
205 Court St
West Point, MS 39773
Coahoma County Circuit Clerk
115 1st St
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Copiah County Circuit Clerk
101 Caldwell Dr
Hazlehurst, MS 39083
Covington County Circuit Clerk
Main & Dogwood
Collins, MS 39428
De Soto County Circuit Clerk
Hwy 51 North Courtsquare
Hernando, MS 38632
Forrest County Circuit Clerk
630 N Main St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Franklin County Circuit Clerk
Main St-Courthouse Square
Meadville, MS 39653
George County Circuit Clerk
200 Courthouse Square
Lucedale, MS 39452
Greene County Circuit Clerk
Main St
Leakesville, MS 39451
Grenada County Circuit Clerk
59 Green St, # 8
Grenada, MS 38901
Hancock County Circuit Clerk
152 Main St
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Harrison County Circuit Clerk
1801 23rd Ave
Gulfport, MS 39502
Hinds County Circuit Clerk
127 Main St
Raymond, MS 39201
Holmes County Circuit Clerk
P.O. Box 718
Lexington, MS 39095
Itawamba County Circuit Clerk
201 W Main St
Fulton, MS 38843
Jackson County Circuit Clerk
101 N Court St, # B
Pascagoula, MS 39567
Jefferson Davis County Circuit Clerk
2325 Columbia Ave
Prentiss, MS 39474
Jones County Circuit Clerk
415 North 5th Ave
Laurel, MS 39441
Lafayette County Circuit Clerk
Lafayette Courthouse
Oxford, MS 38655
Lamar County Circuit Clerk
203 Main St
Purvis, MS 39475
Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Ave
Meridian, MS 39301
Leake County Circuit Clerk
101 Court Square
Carthage, MS 39051
Lee County Circuit Clerk
300 West Main St
Tupelo, MS 38802
Leflore County Circuit Clerk
115 Market St
Greenwood, MS 38930
Lincoln County Circuit Clerk
231 South 1st St
Brookhaven, MS 39601
Lowndes County Circuit Clerk
515 North 2nd Ave
Columbus, MS 39703
Madison County Circuit Clerk
128 W North St
Canton, MS 39046
Marion County Circuit Clerk
250 Broad St, #2
Columbia, MS 39429
Marshall County Circuit Clerk
College St
Holly Springs, MS 38635
Monroe County Circuit Clerk
201 West Commence
Aberdeen, MS 39730
Montgomery County Circuit Clerk
614 North Summit St
Winona, MS 38967
Neshoba County Circuit Clerk
401 Beacon St Suite 107
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Newton County Circuit Clerk
92 Broad St
Decatur, MS 39327
Noxubee County Circuit Clerk
505 S. Jefferson
Macon, MS 39341
Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk
101 E Main St
Starkville, MS 39759
Panola County Circuit Clerk
151 Public Square
Batesville, MS 38606
Pearl River County Circuit Clerk
200 S Main St
Polarville, MS 39470
Pike County Circuit Clerk
218 East Bay St
Magnolia, MS 39652
Prentiss County Circuit Clerk
100 North Main
Booneville, MS 38829
Quitman County Circuit Clerk
233 Chestnut St
Marks, MS 38646
Rankin County Circuit Clerk
305 Government St
Brandon, MS 39043
Scott County Circuit Clerk
100 Main St
Forest, MS 39074
Simpson County Circuit Clerk
100 Court St, # 2
Mendenhall, MS 39114
Smith County Circuit Clerk
123 Main St
Raleigh, MS 39153
Stone County Circuit Clerk
323 Cavers Ave E
Wiggins, MS 39577
Sunflower County Circuit Clerk
200 Main St
Indianola, MS 38751
Tate County Circuit Clerk
201 Ward St
Senatobia, MS 38668
Tishomingo County Circuit Clerk
1008 Battleground Drive
Iuka, MS 38852
Union County Circuit Clerk
114 Vankhead St
New Albany, MS 38652
Warren County Circuit Clerk
1009 Cherry St
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Washington County Circuit Clerk
900 Washington Ave
Greenville, MS 38701
Winston County Circuit Clerk
115 South Court
Louisville, MS 39339
Yalobusha County Circuit Clerk
132 Blackmur Drive
Water Valley, MS 38965
Yazoo County Circuit Clerk
211 E Broadway St
Yazoo City, MS 39194