Mississippi Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in MS

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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or 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

601-446-6326

Alcorn County , Circuit Clerk

600 E Waldron St
Corinth, MS 38834

601-286-7740

Amite County , Circuit Clerk

243 Main St
Liberty, MS 39645

601-657-8932

Attala County , Circuit Clerk

230 W Washington St
Kosciusko, MS 39090

601-289-1471

Benton County , Circuit Clerk

100 Main St
Ashland, MS 38603

601-224-6310

Bolivar County , Circuit Clerk

200 S Court St
Cleveland, MS 38732

601-843-2061

Calhoun County , Circuit Clerk

103 W Main St
Pittsboro, MS 38951

601-412-3101

Carroll County , Circuit Clerk

Lexington St
Carrollton, MS 38917

601-237-9274

Chickasay County , Circuit Clerk

109 N Jefferson St
Houston, MS 38851

601-456-2331

Claiborne County , Circuit Clerk

410 Main St
Port Gibson, MS 39150

601-437-5841

Clay County , Circuit Clerk
Marriage Division

205 Court St
West Point, MS 39773

601-494-3384

Coahoma County , Circuit Clerk

115 1st St
Clarksdale, MS 38614

662-624-3000

Copiah County , Circuit Clerk

101 Caldwell Dr
Hazlehurst, MS 39083

601-894-1241

Covington County , Circuit Clerk

Main & Dogwood
Collins, MS 39428

601-765-6506

De Soto County , Circuit Clerk

Hwy 51 North Courtsquare
Hernando, MS 38632

601-429-1325

Forrest County , Circuit Clerk

630 N Main St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

601-582-3213

Franklin County , Circuit Clerk

Main St-Courthouse Square
Meadville, MS 39653

601-384-2320

George County Circuit Clerk

200 Courthouse Square
Lucedale, MS 39452

601-947-4881

Greene County , Circuit Clerk

Main St
Leakesville, MS 39451

601-394-2379

Grenada County , Circuit Clerk

59 Green St, # 8
Grenada, MS 38901

601-226-1941

Hancock County , Circuit Clerk

152 Main St
Bay St Louis, MS 39520

228-467-5265

Harrison County , Circuit Clerk

1801 23rd Ave
Gulfport, MS 39502

228-865-4167

Hinds County , Circuit Clerk

127 Main St
Raymond, MS 39201

601-968-6653

Holmes County , Circuit Clerk

P.O. Box 718
Lexington, MS 39095

601-834-2476

Itawamba County , Circuit Clerk

201 W Main St
Fulton, MS 38843

601-862-3511

Jackson County , Circuit Clerk

101 N Court St, # B
Pascagoula, MS 39567

228-769-3039

Jefferson Davis County , Circuit Clerk

2325 Columbia Ave
Prentiss, MS 39474

601-792-4231

Jones County , Circuit Clerk

415 North 5th Ave
Laurel, MS 39441

601-425-2556

Lafayette County , Circuit Clerk

Lafayette Courthouse
Oxford, MS 38655

601-234-4951

Lamar County , Circuit Clerk

203 Main St
Purvis, MS 39475

601-794-8504

Lauderdale County , Circuit Clerk

500 Constitution Ave
Meridian, MS 39301

601-482-9731

Leake County , Circuit Clerk

101 Court Square
Carthage, MS 39051

601-298-1302

Lee County , Circuit Clerk

300 West Main St
Tupelo, MS 38802

601-841-9024

Leflore County , Circuit Clerk

115 Market St
Greenwood, MS 38930

601-453-1435

Lincoln County , Circuit Clerk

231 South 1st St
Brookhaven, MS 39601

601-835-3435

Lowndes County , Circuit Clerk

515 North 2nd Ave
Columbus, MS 39703

601-329-5900

Madison County , Circuit Clerk

128 W North St
Canton, MS 39046

601-859-4365

Marion County , Circuit Clerk

250 Broad St, #2
Columbia, MS 39429

601-736-8246

Marshall County , Circuit Clerk

College St
Holly Springs, MS 38635

601-252-3434

Monroe County , Circuit Clerk

201 West Commence
Aberdeen, MS 39730

601-369-8695

Montgomery County , Circuit Clerk

614 North Summit St
Winona, MS 38967

601-283-4161

Neshoba County Circuit Clerk

401 Beacon St Suite 107
Philadelphia, MS 39350

601-656-4781

Newton County , Circuit Clerk

92 Broad St
Decatur, MS 39327

601-635-2368

Noxubee County , Circuit Clerk

505 S. Jefferson
Macon, MS 39341

601-726-5737

Oktibbeha County , Circuit Clerk

101 E Main St
Starkville, MS 39759

601-323-1356

Panola County , Circuit Clerk

151 Public Square
Batesville, MS 38606

601-563-6210

Pearl River County , Circuit Clerk

200 S Main St
Polarville, MS 39470

601-795-1235

Pike County , Circuit Clerk

218 East Bay St
Magnolia, MS 39652

601-783-2581

Prentiss County , Circuit Clerk

100 North Main
Booneville, MS 38829

601-728-4611

Quitman County , Circuit Clerk

233 Chestnut St
Marks, MS 38646

601-326-8003

Rankin County , Circuit Clerk

305 Government St
Brandon, MS 39043

601-825-1466

Scott County , Circuit Clerk

100 Main St
Forest, MS 39074

601-469-3601

Simpson County , Circuit Clerk

100 Court St, # 2
Mendenhall, MS 39114

601-847-2474

Smith County , Circuit Clerk

123 Main St
Raleigh, MS 39153

601-782-9481

Stone County , Circuit Clerk

323 Cavers Ave E
Wiggins, MS 39577

601-928-5246

Sunflower County , Circuit Clerk

200 Main St
Indianola, MS 38751

601-887-1252

Tate County , Circuit Clerk

201 Ward St
Senatobia, MS 38668

601-562-5211

Tishomingo County , Circuit Clerk

1008 Battleground Drive
Iuka, MS 38852

601-423-7037

Union County , Circuit Clerk

114 Vankhead St
New Albany, MS 38652

601-534-1910

Warren County , Circuit Clerk

1009 Cherry St
Vicksburg, MS 39180

601-636-3961

Washington County , Circuit Clerk

900 Washington Ave
Greenville, MS 38701

601-378-2747

Winston County , Circuit Clerk

115 South Court
Louisville, MS 39339

601-773-3581

Yalobusha County , Circuit Clerk

132 Blackmur Drive
Water Valley, MS 38965

601-473-1341

Yazoo County , Circuit Clerk

211 E Broadway St
Yazoo City, MS 39194

601-746-1872