Thursday, January 19, 2012

Marriage license Laws in the county of state of Georgia

Marriage license Laws in the county of state of Georgia, here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date. BUT sometimes the wedding officiant can help with this process. 
It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license bureau or county probate court office before making any ceremony or travel plans.

Location where you obtain a marriage license:

Chatham County Probate Court
133 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31410
(912) 652-7395
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / M - F
Closed for holidays Observed by Chatham County Court

Requirements to Get a Marriage License in Chatham County:

Residency Requirement:

If one of the parties is a resident of Georgia, the license can be issued in any county.
If neither party is a resident of Georgia, the license must be issued in the county in which the marriage ceremony is to be performed.


A marriage license is issued based upon a written application made by the applicants, verified by oath of the applicants.

Legal Requirements:

1. The parties must be of sound mind, must have no living spouse from an undissolved prior marriage.
2. Persons related by blood or marriage, falling within the following relationships may not be married in Georgia:
  1. father and daughter or stepdaughter
  2. mother and son or stepson
  3. brother and sister of the whole blood or half blood
  4. grandparent and grandchild
  5. aunt and nephew
  6. uncle and niece

Identification Requirement:

ONE valid forms of id such as drivers license, birth certificate, U. S. passport, Armed Forces ID card, or Resident Alien ID card. Applicants will also be asked to fill out a brief form.

Previous Marriage:

If divorced within six months, you will need to show a copy of your divorce decree.
Some counties require a final divorce decree no matter how long you have been divorced. You can obtain a copy of your final divorce decree from the Superior Court in the county in which you filed for divorce.

Waiting Period:

There is no waiting period for getting married in Georgia.

Cost for Marriage License Applications:

$66 cash or check
***you get a discount on the licence if you have been through at least 6 hours of counseling, so the licence is only $26, you must have a letter signed, notarized and stating you have done over 6 hours of counseling written on letterhead paper from your church***
Premarital Education: 
Under Georgia Law, a man and woman who present to the court at the time of making application a certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program shall not be assessed a marriage license fee. The premarital education shall include at least six hours of instruction involving marital issues, which may include but not be limited to conflict management, communication skills, financial responsibilities, child and parenting responsibilities, and extended family roles. The premarital education shall be completed within 12 months prior to the application for a marriage license and the couple shall undergo the premarital education together. The premarital education shall be performed by:
(1) A professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 10A of Title 43;

(2) A psychiatrist who is licensed as a physician pursuant to Chapter 34 of Title 43;

(3) A psychologist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 39 of Title 43; or

(4) An active member of the clergy when in the course of his or her service as clergy or his or her designee, including retired clergy, provided that a designee is trained and skilled in premarital education.
Cobb County offers a free Marital Workshop called Focus On Forever. It is a skill-based non-religious workshop designed to address issues concerning communication and listening skills, anger management, and financial planning. Contact the Cobb County Superior Court for more information.
By state law, counties in Georgia now charge more for a marriage license if you do not show certification of a premarital education program.

Other Tests:

As of July 1, 2003, blood tests are no longer required in Georgia.


The applicants must designate on the application the legal surname that will be used after the marriage. An applicant may choose his or her given surname or his or her surname as changed by order of the superior court, the surname from a previous marriage, the spouse's surname, or a combination of the spouse's surname and the applicant's given or changed surname or surname from a previous marriage.

Common-Law Marriages:

No. However, common-law marriages will be recognized in Georgia if it was created before January 1, 1997.

Proxy Marriages:


Under 18:

You must be at least 16 years of age in order to obtain a license in Georgia. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, both parents and legal guardians must give their consent in person unless his/her rights have been terminated by an Order of a court.

Cousin Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:

No. In November, 2004, voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. More Information


Licensed or ordained ministers, clergymen, or pastors of recognized religious societies, and justices of the peace.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Vital Records
2600 Skyland Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
Phone: (404) 679-4701

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license bureau or county probate court office before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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