Probate - Marriage License
The cost for a marriage license is $76.00 payable by cash, money order/cashier’s checks, or Visa or MasterCard credit/debit cards (processing fees apply).
If you have had at least 6 hours of marriage counseling, you may receive a license at the reduced fee of $36.00. In order to receive the reduced fee, you must have your counselor complete the certificate provided by the Probate Court (Certificate of Premarital Counseling).
Marriage License Applications are accepted on normal business days between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Any Georgia resident may apply for a license in any county in Georgia. However, if neither applicant is a resident of Georgia, you may only obtain your license in the county where the ceremony is performed. The license does not have an expiration date.
Both parties must present a photo I.D. and must show proof of age. We accept the following documents as proof of age: certified birth certificate (with official translation if not English), passport, driver’s license, or military I.D.
- You must be 18 years of age or older to obtain a marriage license in Georgia.
- Applicants under 18 years of age
- As of July 1, 2019: You must be at least 17 years of age to obtain a marriage license in Georgia. If you are 17 years of age when applying for a marriage license, you must show that you have been emancipated for not less than 15 days, and present a certificate of completion of separate specialized premarital counseling for each applicant, even if one applicant is over 18.
- If either applicant has been married previously, they must present proof that the previous marriage was dissolved, either by divorce or death. Proof of dissolution must be either a copy of their Final Judgement and Decree of Divorce for the last divorce which shows that it was signed by a Judge and filed in office or a certified death certificate. In the event either document is not in English, you will need to provide a certified translation.
- Pre-marital blood test results are no longer required in the State of Georgia.
Wedding Ceremony Information
Parties may arrange to have a private wedding ceremony performed by a qualified officiant; however, Probate Court does not perform wedding ceremonies. For information on who may perform ceremonies, please see O.C.G.A. §19-3-30(c).