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