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


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