Mississippi Marriage License Requirements
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I get married to my cousin?
No, cousin marriages are not allowed.
Same Sex Marriage
Are same sex marriages legal?
Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and 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.
Natchey, MS 39120
Corinth, MS 38834
Liberty, MS 39645
Kosciusko, MS 39090
Ashland, MS 38603
Cleveland, MS 38732
Pittsboro, MS 38951
Carrollton, MS 38917
Houston, MS 38851
Port Gibson, MS 39150
West Point, MS 39773
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Hazlehurst, MS 39083
Collins, MS 39428
Hernando, MS 38632
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Meadville, MS 39653
Lucedale, MS 39452
Leakesville, MS 39451
Grenada, MS 38901
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Gulfport, MS 39502
Raymond, MS 39201
Lexington, MS 39095
Fulton, MS 38843
Pascagoula, MS 39567
Prentiss, MS 39474
Laurel, MS 39441
Oxford, MS 38655
Purvis, MS 39475
Meridian, MS 39301
Carthage, MS 39051
Tupelo, MS 38802
Greenwood, MS 38930
Brookhaven, MS 39601
Columbus, MS 39703
Canton, MS 39046
Columbia, MS 39429
Holly Springs, MS 38635
Aberdeen, MS 39730
Winona, MS 38967
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Decatur, MS 39327
Macon, MS 39341
Starkville, MS 39759
Batesville, MS 38606
Polarville, MS 39470
Magnolia, MS 39652
Booneville, MS 38829
Marks, MS 38646
Brandon, MS 39043
Forest, MS 39074
Mendenhall, MS 39114
Raleigh, MS 39153
Wiggins, MS 39577
Indianola, MS 38751
Senatobia, MS 38668
Iuka, MS 38852
New Albany, MS 38652
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Greenville, MS 38701
Louisville, MS 39339
Water Valley, MS 38965
Yazoo City, MS 39194