Tennessee Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in TN

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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or 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

423-457-5400

Bedford County Clerk

104 N Side Sq Annex Basement
Shelbyville, TN 37160

931-684-1921

Benton County Clerk

P.O. Box 157
Camden, TN 38320

901-584-6053

Bledsoe County Clerk

P.O. Box 385
Pikeville, TN 37367

423-447-2137

Blount County Clerk

345 Court St
Mariville, TN 37804

865-273-5800

Bradley County Clerk

P.O. Box 579
Cleveland, TN 37364

423-476-0520

Campbell County Clerk

P.O. Box 85
Jacksboro, TN 37757

423-562-3496

Cannon County Clerk

Public Square
Woodbury, TN 37190

615-563-4278

Carroll County Clerk

Court Square # 104
Huntingdon, TN 38344

901-986-1960

Carter County Clerk

801 East Elk Ave
Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-542-1814

Cheatham County Clerk

100 Public Sq. Suite 117
Ashland City, TN 37015

615-792-5179

Chester County Clerk

133 E Main St
Tennessee, TN 38340

901-989-2233

Claiborne County Clerk

P.O. Box 117
Tazewell, TN 37879

423-626-3283

Clay County Clerk

P.O. Box 430
Celina, TN 38551

931-243-2249

Cocke County Clerk

111 Court Ave Rm 102
Newport, TN 37821

423-623-6176

Coffee County Clerk , Court House- Spring St

P.O. Box 178
Manchester, TN 37355

931-723-5106

Crockett County Clerk

S Bells St, # 1
Alamo, TN 38001

901-696-5452

Cumberland County Clerk

2 N Main St, # 206
Crossville, TN 38555

931-484-6442

Davidson County Clerk

700 2nd Ave S, Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37210

615-862-6050

De Kalb County Clerk

Public Sq., # 205
Smithville, TN 37166

615-597-5177

Decatur County Clerk

P.O. Box 488
Decaturville, TN 38329

731-423-6022

Dickson County Clerk , Courthouse, Court Square

P.O. Box 220
Charlotte, TN 37036

615-789-4171

Dyer County Clerk

Veterans Sq., # 105
Dyersburg, TN 38025

901-286-7814

Fayette County Clerk

P.O. Box 99
Somerville, TN 38068

901-465-5213

Franklin County Clerk

P.O. Box 101
Winchester, TN 37398

931-967-2541

Gibson County Clerk

P.O. Box 228
Trenton, TN 38382

901-855-7642

Giles County Clerk

P.O. Box 678
Pulaski, TN 38478

931-363-1509

Grainger County Clerk

P.O. Box 174
Rutledge, TN 37861

423-828-3511

Greene County Clerk

101 S Main St
Greenville, TN 37743

423-638-4841

Grundy County Clerk

Hwy 56
Altamont, TN 37301

931-692-3622

Hamblen County Clerk

511 West 2nd North St
Morristown, TN 37814

423-586-1993

Hamilton County Clerk

Courthouse, Room 204
Chattanooga, TN 37402

423-209-6500

Harderman County Clerk

100 N Main St
Tennessee, TN 38008

901-658-3541

Hardin County Clerk

601 Main St Fl 2
Savannah, TN 38372

901-925-3583

Hawkins County Clerk

P.O. Box 235
Rogersville, TN 37857

423-272-7002

Haywood County Clerk

1 North Washington
Brownsville, TN 38012

901-772-2362

Henderson County Clerk

17 Monroe Ave, # 2
Lexington, TN 38351

901-968-2856

Henry County Clerk

P.O. Box 44
Paris, TN 38242

901-642-2412

Hickman County Clerk

#1 Courthouse
Centerville, TN 37033

931-729-2621

Houston County Clerk

100 Main St
Erin, TN 37061

931-289-3141

Humphreys County Clerk , Courthouse Annex #3

102 Thompson St
Waverly, TN 37185

931-296-7671

Jefferson County Clerk

214 W Main St
Danridge, TN 37725

423-397-2935

Knox County Clerk

400 Main St
Knoxville, TN 37902

423-215-2392

Lake County Clerk

P.O. Box 303
Tipponville, TN 38079

901-253-7462

Lauderdale County Clerk

Lauderdale County Courthouse
Ripley, TN 38636

901-635-2561

Lawrence County Clerk

N B U #18 240 West Gaines
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

931-766-4176

Lewis County Clerk

110 N Park St, # 3
Hohenwald, TN 38462

931-796-2200

Lincoln County Clerk

P.O. Box 614
Fayetteville, TN 37334

931-433-2454

Loudon County Clerk , Grove St Courthouse

P.O. Box 395
Loudon, TN 37774

423-458-3314

Macon County Clerk

104 County Courthouse
Lafayette, TN 37083

615-666-2333

Madison County Clerk

100 E Main St, # 105
Jackson, TN 38301

901-423-6022

Marion County Clerk

P.O. Box 789
Jasper, TN 37347

423-942-2515

Marshall County Clerk

1107 Courthouse Anx
Lewisburg, TN 37091

931-359-1072

Maury County Clerk , Court House Square

Maury Cty. Reg. Of Deeds
Columbia, TN 38401

931-381-3690

Mcminn County Clerk

6 E Madison Ave
Athens, TN 37303

423-745-4440

Mcnairy County Clerk

170 W Court Ave, # 102
Selmer, TN 38375

901-645-3511

Monroe County Clerk , Mildred Estes

103 College St
Madisonville, TN 37354

423-442-2220

Montgomery County Clerk , Register Of Deeds Office

350 Pageant Ln., # 502
Clarksville, TN 37040

931-648-5712

Moore County Clerk

P.O. Box 206
Lynchburg, TN 37352

931-759-7346

Obion County Clerk

2 Bill Burnett Cir
Union City, TN 38261

901-885-3831

Overton County Clerk , Courthouse Annex

316 E University St
Livingston, TN 38570

931-823-2631

Perry County Clerk , Courthouse

Main St
Linden, TN 37096

931-589-2219

Polk County Clerk

P.O. Box 293
Benton, TN 37307

423-338-4526

Putnam County Clerk

29 N Washington Ave
Cookeville, TN 38501

931-526-7106

Rhea County Clerk

301 North Market St
Dayton, TN 37321

423-775-7808

Roane County Clerk

P.O. Box 181
Kingston, TN 37763

423-376-5556

Robertson County Clerk

509 S Brown St
Springfield, TN 37172

615-384-5895

Rutherford County Clerk

P.O. Box 5050
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

615-898-7800

Scott County Clerk

3 Court St
Huntsville, TN 37756

423-663-2588

Sequatchie County Clerk

307 Cherry St East
Dunlap, TN 37327

423-949-2522

Sevier County Clerk

125 Court Ave, # 202
Sevierville, TN 37862

423-453-5502

Shelby County Clerk

160 North Mid America Mall
Memphis, TN 38173

901-576-4366

Smith County Clerk

122 Turner High Cir., #101
Carthage, TN 37030

615-735-9833

Stewart County Clerk

P.O. Box 67
Dover, TN 37058

931-232-7616

Sullivan County Clerk

P.O. Box 570
Blountville, TN 37617

423-323-6428

Sullivan County Clerk

801 Broad St
Bristol, TN 37620

423-989-4366

Sumner County Clerk

P.O. Box 1652
Gallatin, TN 37066

615-452-4063

Tipton County Clerk

100 E Court St, # 103
Covington, TN 38019

901-476-0207

Tousdale County Clerk

P.O. Box 206
Hartsville, TN 37074

615-374-2906

Unicoi County Clerk

P.O. Box 305
Erwin, TN 37650

423-743-3381

Warren County Clerk

P.O. Box 128
McMinnville, TN 37110

931-473-2623

Washington County Clerk

P.O. Box 5
Jonesborough, TN 37659

423-753-1621

Wayne County Clerk

P.O. Box 185
Waynesboro, TN 38485

931-722-5544

Weakley Count Clerk

1 Courthouse Sq., # 107
Dresden, TN 38225

901-364-2285

Williamson County Clerk , 1320 W Main St Ste. 201

Admin. Complex
Franklin, TN 37065

615-790-5712

Wilson County Clerk

228 E Main St, # 101
Lebanon, TN 37087

615-444-0314