If you're getting married in the state of South Carolina 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 $25.00 dollars, although fees may vary from county to county. Out of state applicants will be charged a higher fee than in-state residents. 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 South Carolina 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 1 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 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, one parent or legal guardian 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.

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 previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be provided.

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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina. 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 South Carolina 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 South Carolina. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

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 South Carolina.

Where to Go

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

South Carolina has 46 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.

Abbeville County Probate Court
Court Sq & Main St
Abbeville, SC 29620
Aiken County Probate Court
109 Park Ave SE
Aiken, SC 29801
Allendale County Probate Court
P.O. Box 737
Allendale, SC 29810
Anderson County Probate Court
100 S Main St
Anderson, SC 29622
Bamberg County Probate Court
110 N Main St
Bamberg, SC 29003
Barnwell County Probate Court
Courthouse # 112
Barnwell, SC 29812
Beaufort County Clerk Probate Court
100 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29901
Berkeley County Probate Court
300 California Ave, # B
Moncks Corder, SC 29461
Calhoun County Probate Court
302 Railroad Ave
St Matthews, SC 29135
Charleston County Judicial Center
100 Broad St, Suite 469
Charleston, SC 29401
Cherokee County Probate Court
1434 N Limestone St
Gaffney, SC 29342
Chester County Probate Court
140 Main St
Chester, SC 29706
Chesterfield County Probate Court
200 W Main St
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Clarendon County Probate Court
Courthouse # 103
Clarendon, SC 29102
Colleton County Probate Court
200 E Washington St
Walterboro, SC 29488
Darlington County Probate Court
10 Public Sq., # 208
Darlington, SC 29532
Dillon County Probate Court
401 W Main St, # 303
Dillon, SC 29536
Dorchester County Recorder Probate Court
101 Ridge St
St George, SC 29477
Edgefield County Probate Court
124 Courthouse Sq
Edgefield, SC 29824
Fairfield County Probate Court
Congress & Washington St
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Florence County Probate Court
80 N Irby St, # Msc-L
Florence, SC 29501
Georgetown County Clerk Probate Court
715 Prince St
Georgetown, SC 29442
Greenville County Clerk Marriage License
301 University
Ridge # 1200

Greenville, SC 29601
Greenwood County Probate Court
Room 114 County Court House
Greenwood, SC 29646
Hampton County Probate Court
Elm St
Hampton, SC 29924
Horry County Clerk Probate Court
1201 3rd Ave
Conway, SC 29526
Jasper County Recorder Probate Court
305 Russell Ave
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Kershaw County Clerk Probate Court
1121 Broad St
Camden, SC 29020
Lancaster County Probate Court
116 W Dunlap St
Lancaster, SC 29720
Laurens County Probate Court
321 S Harper St
Laurens, SC 29360
Lee County Probate Court
11 Court House Sq
Bishopville, SC 29010
Lexington County Clerk Probate Court
139 E Main St, # 110
Lexington, SC 29072
Marion County Probate Court
201 Court St, # 202
Marion, SC 29571
Marlboro County Probate Court
P.O. Box 455
Bennettsville, SC 29512
McCormick County Probate Court
133 S Mine St, # 101
Mc Cormick, SC 29835
Newberry County Recorder Probate Court
1309 College St
Newberry, SC 29108
Oconee County Probate Court
211 W Main St
Walhalla, SC 29691
Orangeburg County Probate Court
Amelia St R M C Dept #108
Orangeburg, SC 29116
Pickens County Probate Court
222 Mcdaniel Ave
Pickens, SC 29671
Richland County Probate Court-Marriage License
1701 Main St
Columbia, SC 29202
Saluda County Probate Court
100 E Church St
Saluda, SC 29138
Spartanburg County Probate Court
366 North Church St
Spartanburg, SC 29301
Sumter County Clerk Probate Court
141 N Main St
Sumter, SC 29150
Union County Probate Court
200 W Main St
Union, SC 29379
Williamsburg County Probate Court
125 W Main St
Kingstree, SC 29556
York County Clerk Probate Court
2 South Congress St
York, SC 29745