If you're getting married in the state of Tennessee 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 $98.50 dollars. Couples who complete a four hour marriage counseling course by a qualified counselor or ministor will be charged $38.50. If either the county or counselor does not approve the session you must pay the full price.

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 Tennessee 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 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 license will expire 30 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 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, parents or legal guardians 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. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

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

Where to Go

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

Tennessee has 86 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.

Anderson County Clerk
100 N Main St
Clinton, TN 37716
Bedford County Clerk
104 N Side Sq Annex Basement
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Benton County Clerk
P.O. Box 157
Camden, TN 38320
Bledsoe County Clerk
P.O. Box 385
Pikeville, TN 37367
Blount County Clerk
345 Court St
Mariville, TN 37804
Bradley County Clerk
P.O. Box 579
Cleveland, TN 37364
Campbell County Clerk
P.O. Box 85
Jacksboro, TN 37757
Cannon County Clerk
Public Square
Woodbury, TN 37190
Carroll County Clerk
Court Square # 104
Huntingdon, TN 38344
Carter County Clerk
801 East Elk Ave
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Cheatham County Clerk
100 Public Sq. Suite 117
Ashland City, TN 37015
Chester County Clerk
133 E Main St
Tennessee, TN 38340
Claiborne County Clerk
P.O. Box 117
Tazewell, TN 37879
Clay County Clerk
P.O. Box 430
Celina, TN 38551
Cocke County Clerk
111 Court Ave Rm 102
Newport, TN 37821
Coffee County Clerk Court House- Spring St
P.O. Box 178
Manchester, TN 37355
Crockett County Clerk
S Bells St, # 1
Alamo, TN 38001
Cumberland County Clerk
2 N Main St, # 206
Crossville, TN 38555
Davidson County Clerk
700 2nd Ave S, Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37210
De Kalb County Clerk
Public Sq., # 205
Smithville, TN 37166
Decatur County Clerk
P.O. Box 488
Decaturville, TN 38329
Dickson County Clerk Courthouse, Court Square
P.O. Box 220
Charlotte, TN 37036
Dyer County Clerk
Veterans Sq., # 105
Dyersburg, TN 38025
Fayette County Clerk
P.O. Box 99
Somerville, TN 38068
Franklin County Clerk
P.O. Box 101
Winchester, TN 37398
Gibson County Clerk
P.O. Box 228
Trenton, TN 38382
Giles County Clerk
P.O. Box 678
Pulaski, TN 38478
Grainger County Clerk
P.O. Box 174
Rutledge, TN 37861
Greene County Clerk
101 S Main St
Greenville, TN 37743
Grundy County Clerk
Hwy 56
Altamont, TN 37301
Hamblen County Clerk
511 West 2nd North St
Morristown, TN 37814
Hamilton County Clerk
Courthouse, Room 204
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Harderman County Clerk
100 N Main St
Tennessee, TN 38008
Hardin County Clerk
601 Main St Fl 2
Savannah, TN 38372
Hawkins County Clerk
P.O. Box 235
Rogersville, TN 37857
Haywood County Clerk
1 North Washington
Brownsville, TN 38012
Henderson County Clerk
17 Monroe Ave, # 2
Lexington, TN 38351
Henry County Clerk
P.O. Box 44
Paris, TN 38242
Hickman County Clerk
#1 Courthouse
Centerville, TN 37033
Houston County Clerk
100 Main St
Erin, TN 37061
Humphreys County Clerk Courthouse Annex #3
102 Thompson St
Waverly, TN 37185
Jefferson County Clerk
214 W Main St
Danridge, TN 37725
Knox County Clerk
400 Main St
Knoxville, TN 37902
Lake County Clerk
P.O. Box 303
Tipponville, TN 38079
Lauderdale County Clerk
Lauderdale County Courthouse
Ripley, TN 38636
Lawrence County Clerk
N B U #18 240 West Gaines
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Lewis County Clerk
110 N Park St, # 3
Hohenwald, TN 38462
Lincoln County Clerk
P.O. Box 614
Fayetteville, TN 37334
Loudon County Clerk Grove St Courthouse
P.O. Box 395
Loudon, TN 37774
Macon County Clerk
104 County Courthouse
Lafayette, TN 37083
Madison County Clerk
100 E Main St, # 105
Jackson, TN 38301
Marion County Clerk
P.O. Box 789
Jasper, TN 37347
Marshall County Clerk
1107 Courthouse Anx
Lewisburg, TN 37091
Maury County Clerk Court House Square
Maury Cty. Reg. Of Deeds
Columbia, TN 38401
Mcminn County Clerk
6 E Madison Ave
Athens, TN 37303
Mcnairy County Clerk
170 W Court Ave, # 102
Selmer, TN 38375
Monroe County Clerk Mildred Estes
103 College St
Madisonville, TN 37354
Montgomery County Clerk Register of Deeds Office
350 Pageant Ln., # 502
Clarksville, TN 37040
Moore County Clerk
P.O. Box 206
Lynchburg, TN 37352
Obion County Clerk
2 Bill Burnett Cir
Union City, TN 38261
Overton County Clerk Courthouse Annex
316 E University St
Livingston, TN 38570
Perry County Clerk Courthouse
Main St
Linden, TN 37096
Polk County Clerk
P.O. Box 293
Benton, TN 37307
Putnam County Clerk
29 N Washington Ave
Cookeville, TN 38501
Rhea County Clerk
301 North Market St
Dayton, TN 37321
Roane County Clerk
P.O. Box 181
Kingston, TN 37763
Robertson County Clerk
509 S Brown St
Springfield, TN 37172
Rutherford County Clerk
P.O. Box 5050
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Scott County Clerk
3 Court St
Huntsville, TN 37756
Sequatchie County Clerk
307 Cherry St East
Dunlap, TN 37327
Sevier County Clerk
125 Court Ave, # 202
Sevierville, TN 37862
Shelby County Clerk
160 North Mid America Mall
Memphis, TN 38173
Smith County Clerk
122 Turner High Cir., #101
Carthage, TN 37030
Stewart County Clerk
P.O. Box 67
Dover, TN 37058
Sullivan County Clerk
P.O. Box 570
Blountville, TN 37617
Sullivan County Clerk
801 Broad St
Bristol, TN 37620
Sumner County Clerk
P.O. Box 1652
Gallatin, TN 37066
Tipton County Clerk
100 E Court St, # 103
Covington, TN 38019
Tousdale County Clerk
P.O. Box 206
Hartsville, TN 37074
Unicoi County Clerk
P.O. Box 305
Erwin, TN 37650
Warren County Clerk
P.O. Box 128
McMinnville, TN 37110
Washington County Clerk
P.O. Box 5
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Wayne County Clerk
P.O. Box 185
Waynesboro, TN 38485
Weakley Count Clerk
1 Courthouse Sq., # 107
Dresden, TN 38225
Williamson County Clerk 1320 W Main St Ste. 201
Admin. Complex
Franklin, TN 37065
Wilson County Clerk
228 E Main St, # 101
Lebanon, TN 37087