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Getting married in Georgia

IMPORTANT NOTE: Marriage laws and license requirements change continually, so please check the latest information with your local marriage license bureau office or county clerk's office before making your wedding or travel plans, and before inviting your guests.

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

Marriage licenses shall be issued only by the judge of the probate court or his clerk at the county courthouse between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday.

Who may apply for a marriage license

Applicants for a marriage license do not have to be a resident of Georgia.

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.

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 are permitted in Georgia.

ID requirements

Two 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 marriages

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.

Blood tests and other tests

As of July 1, 2003, blood tests are no longer required in Georgia. The State of Georgia, however, recommends that each applicant applying for a marriage license obtain a blood test for sickle cell disease prior to obtaining a marriage license.

Officiants

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

Fees

There are two sets of fees for marriage license applications. The fee is either $61.00 (without premarital education certificate*) or $26.00 (with premarital education certificate*). The application fee is waived when the couple seeking the license has completed a qualifying premarital education program. A *certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program in accordance with Code Section 19-3-30.1 must be presented for the $35.00 application fee to be waived.

In some instances, other minor charges may apply. Most probate courts accept cash, checks, and money orders but some ONLY ACCEPT CASH so please call to verify whether or not you need cash.

Waiting period

There is no waiting period for getting married in Georgia.

Premarital preparation course

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: A professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 10A of Title 43; a psychiatrist who is licensed as a physician pursuant to Chapter 34 of Title 43; a psychologist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 39 of Title 43; or 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.

Validity of license

A marriage license issued in Georgia does not have an expiration date.

Other requirements

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.

Copy of marriage certificate

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

For more information

http://www.gaprobate.org/licenses.php

Here is a list of county clerk offices in the state of Georgia:

Appling Probate Court
Baxley, GA
912.367.8114
Atkinson Probate Court
Pearson, GA
912.422.3552
Bacon Probate Court
Alma, GA
912.632.7661
Baker Probate Court
Newton, GA
912.734.3007
Banks Probate Court
Homer, GA
706.677.6250
Barrow Probate Court
Winder, GA
770.307.3000
Ben Hill Probate Court
Fitzgerald, GA
912.426.5137
Berrien Probate Court
Nashville, GA
912.686.5213
Bibb Probate Court
Macon, GA
912.749.6493
Bleckley Probate Court
Cochran, GA
912.934.3204
Brantley Probate Court
Nantucket, GA
912.462.5192
Brooks Probate Court
Quitman, GA
912.263.5567
Bryan Probate Court
Pembroke, GA
912.653.3856
Bulloch Probate Court
Stakesboro, GA
912.489.8749
Burke Probate Court
Waynesboro, GA
706.554.3000
Butts Probate Court
Jackson, GA
770.775.8204
Calhoun Probate Court
Morgan, GA
912.849.2715
Camden Probate Court
Woodbine, GA
912.576.5601
Candler Probate Court
Metter, GA
912.685.2357
Carroll County Clerk
Carrollton, GA
770.830.8540
Catoosa County Clerk
Ringgold, GA
706.935.3511
Charlton County Clerk
Folkston, GA
912.496.2230
Chatham Probate Court
Savannah, GA
912.652.7270
Chattahoochee Probate Court
Cusseta, GA
706.989.3603
Chattooga Probate Court
Summerville, GA
706.857.2594
Cherokee Probate Court
Canton, GA
770.479.1953
Clarke Probate Court
Athens, GA
706.613.3195
Clay Probate Court
Fort Gaines, GA
912.768.2445
Clayton Probate Court
Jonesboro, GA
404.477.3299
Clinch Probate Court
Homersville, GA
912.487.5523
Cobb Probate Court
Marietta, GA
770.528.1900
Coffee County Clerk
Douglas, GA
912.384.5213
Colquitt Probate Court
Moultrie, GA
229.616.7415
Columbia Probate Court
Appling, GA
706.541.1254
Coweta Probate Court
Newnan, GA
404.254.2640
Crawford Probate Court
Knoxville, GA
912.836.3313
Crisp Probate Court
Cordele, GA
912.276.2607
Dade Probate Court
Trenton, GA
706.398.1616
Dawson Probate Court
Georgia, GA
706.265.2525
De Kalb County Recorder
Decator, GA
404.371.2601
Decatur Probate Court
Bainbridge, GA
912.248.3016
Dodge Probate Court
Eastman, GA
912.374.3775
Dougherty Probate Court
Albany, GA
912.431.2102
Douglas Probate Court
Douglasville, GA
770.920.7249
Early Probate Court
Blake, GA
912.723.3454
Echols Probate Court
Statenville, GA
912.559.7526
Effingham Probate Court
Springfield, GA
912.754.2112
Elbert Probate Court
Elberton, GA
706.283.2016
Emanuel Probate Court
Swainsboro, GA
912.237.7091
Evans Probate Court
Claxton, GA
912.739.4080
Fannin Probate Court
Blue Ridge, GA
404.632.3011
Fayette Probate Court
Fayette, GA
404.461.4703
Floyd Probate Court
Rome, GA
706.291.5136
Forsyth Probate Court
Cumming, GA
770.781.2140
Franklin Probate Court
Carnesville, GA
706.384.7214
Fulton Probate Court
Atlanta, GA
404.730.4692
Gilmer Probate Court
Ellijay, GA
404.635.4763
Glascock Probate Court
Gibson, GA
706.598.3241
Glynn Probate Court
Brunswick, GA
912.267.5626
Gordon Probate Court
Calhoun, GA
706.629.7314
Grady Probate Court
Cairo, GA
912.377.2912
Greene Probate Court
Greensboro, GA
706.453.3346
Gwinnett Probate Court
Lawrenceville, GA
770.822.8250
Habersham Probate Court
Clarksville, GA
706.754.2013
Hall Probate Court
Gainsville, GA
770.531.6921
Hancock Probate Court
Sparta, GA
706.444.5343
Haralson Probate Court
Buckanan, GA
706.692.2515
Harris Probate Court
Hamilton, GA
706.628.5038
Hart Probate Court
Hartwell, GA
706.376.2565
Heard Probate Court
Franklin, GA
706.675.3353
Henry Probate Court
Mcdonough, GA
770.954.2303
Houston Probate Court
Perry, GA
912.987.2770
Irwin Probate Court
Ocilla, GA
912.468.5138
Jackson Probate Court
Jefferson, GA
706.367.6366
Jasper Probate Court
Monticello, GA
706.468.4903
Jeff Davis Probate Court
Hazlehurst, GA
912.375.4263
Jefferson Probate Court
Louisville, GA
912.625.3258
Jenkins Probate Court
Millen, GA
912.982.5581
Johnson Probate Court
Wrightsville, GA
912.864.3316
Jones Probate Court
Gray, GA
912.986.6668
Lamar Probate Court
Barnesville, GA
770.358.5155
Lanier Probate Court
Lakeland, GA
912.482.3668
Laurens Probate Court
Dublin, GA
912.272.2566
Lee Probate Court
Leesburg, GA
912.759.6022
Liberty Probate Court
Hinesville, GA
912.876.3635
Lincoln Probate Court
Lincolnton, GA
404.359.7595
Long Probate Court
Ludowici, GA
912.545.2123
Lowndes Probate Court
Valdosta, GA
912.333.5103
Lumpkin Probate Court
Dahlonega, GA
404.864.3847
Macon Probate Court
Oglethrope, GA
912.472.7685
Madison Probate Court
Danielsville, GA
404.795.3354
Marion Probate Court
Buena Vista, GA
912.649.5549
Mc Duffie Probate Court
Thomson, GA
706.595.2124
Mc Intosh Probate Court
Darien, GA
912.437.6636
Meriwether Probate Court
Greenville, GA
706.672.4952
Miller Probate Court
Colquitt, GA
912.758.4110
Mitchell Probate Court
Camilla, GA
912.336.2016
Monroe Probate Court
Forsyth, GA
912.994.7037
Montgomery Probate Court
Mt. Vernon, GA
912.583.2681
Morgan Probate Court
Madison, GA
706.342.1373
Murray Probate Court
Chatsworth, GA
706.695.3812
Muscogee Probate Court
Columbus, GA
706.653.4333
Newton Probate Court
Covington, GA
770.784.2045
Oconee Probate Court
Watkinsville, GA
706.769.3936
Oglethrope Probate Court
Lexington, GA
706.743.5350
Paulding Probate Court
Dallas, GA
770.443.7541
Peach Probate Court
Fort Valley, GA
912.825.2313
Pickens Probate Court
Jasper, GA
706.692.2515
Pike County Clerk Court
Zebulon, GA
770.567.8734
Polk Probate Court
Cedertown, GA
770.749.2128
Pulaski Probate Court
Hawkinsville, GA
912.783.2061
Putnam Probate Court
Eatonton, GA
706.485.5476
Quitman Probate Court
Georgetown, GA
912.334.2224
Rabun Probate Court
Clayton, GA
404.782.3614
Randolph Probate Court
Cuthbert, GA
912.732.2671
Richmond Probate Court
Augusta, GA
706.821.2434
Rockdale Probate Court
Conyers, GA
770.929.4016
Schley Probate Court
Ellaville, GA
912.937.2905
Screven Probate Court
Sylvania, GA
912.564.2783
Seminole County Clerk
Donalsonville, GA
912.524.5015
Spalding Probate Court
Griffin, GA
770.467.4726
Stephens Probate Court
Toccoa, GA
706.886.2828
Stewart Probate Court
Lumpkin, GA
912.838.4394
Sumter Probate Court
Americus, GA
912.924.7693
Talbot Probate Court
Talbotton, GA
706.665.8868
Taliaferro Probate Court
Crawfordville, GA
706.456.2253
Taylor Probate Court
Butler, GA
912.862.5420
Telfair Probate Court
Mc Rae, GA
912.836.3313
Terrell Probate Court
Dawson, GA
912.995.5515
Thomas County Clerk
Thomasville, GA
912.225.4116
Tift Probate Court
Tifton, GA
912.386.7818
Toombs Probate Court
Lyons, GA
912.526.8696
Towns Probate Court
Hiawassee, GA
706.896.3467
Treutlen Probate Court
Soperton, GA
912.529.3342
Troup Probate Court
La Grange, GA
706.883.1691
Turner Probate Court
Ashburn, GA
912.567.2151
Twiggs Probate Court
Jeffersonvile, GA
912.945.3390
Union Probate Court
Blairsville, GA
706.745.7007
Upson Probate Court
Thomaston, GA
706.647.7015
Walker Probate Court
La Fayette, GA
706.638.2852
Walton Probate Court
Monroe, GA
770.267.1345
Ware Probate Court
Waycross, GA
912.287.4315
Warren Probate Court
Warrenton, GA
706.465.2227
Washington Probate Court
Sandersville, GA
912.552.3304
Wayne Probate Court
Jesup, GA
912.427.4590
Webster Probate Court
Preston, GA
912.828.3525
Wheeler Probate Court
Alamo, GA
912.568.7133
White Probate Court
Cleveland, GA
706.865.4141
Whitfield Probate Court
Dalton, GA
706.275.7400
Wilcox Probate Court
Abbeville, GA
912.467.2220
Wilkes Probate Court
Washington, GA
706.678.2523
Wilkinson Probate Court
Irwinton, GA
912.946.2222
Worth Probate Court
Sylvester, GA
912.776.8207

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