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Getting married in Mississippi

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.

Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Applicants who are 21 years old and older may get their marriage license at the office of any circuit court clerk in the state. Applicants under 21 must go to the circuit court clerk's office in their home county.

Who may apply for a marriage license

You do not have to be a resident of Mississippi.

Couples age 21 and older are eligible for a Mississippi marriage license. Females between the ages of 15 and 20 and males between the ages of 17 and 20 parental consent to get a license.

Cousin marriages are not permitted.

ID requirements

Acceptable forms of identification are the following: State Issued Driver's License, State Issued Photo ID, Employment ID, School, College or University ID, US Military ID, Tribal ID, Alien Registration/Permanent Resident Card, Temporary Resident Card, US Passport.

Previous marriages

If previously married, the date of divorce or spouse's death must be provided. If the divorce or spouse's death has taken place within the past 6 months, couples should bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate.

Blood tests and other tests

IMPORTANT: Mississippi law requires a blood test in order to obtain a marriage license.

A blood test can be done by your private physician, at one of our county health department locations, or in any other state or U.S. territory where the medical requirements are not less than those of Mississippi's.

Both applicants for the marriage license must be tested. They do not have to have their tests at the same time, and they can choose different doctors or clinics if they please.

A completed blood test is required before you can apply for a marriage license. You must apply for the license within 30 days of your blood test, however, and no later.

We screen blood samples for syphilis only. We do no testing for HIV or other sexually-transmitted diseases. Other screenings are available from the Department of Health if you decide you want them.

Your blood sample is sent to our Public Health Laboratory in Jackson, and all testing is performed there.

If the applicants are younger than 21 years of age, other restrictions may apply; check with your county courthouse for the legal issues involved.

We charge a small fee for testing. To find the exact amount, contact your local health office. If your testing is done by a private physician, they will set their own fee.

Upon receipt of the blood test results, a medical certificate will be issued from the health department. If you choose to go to a private physician, the physician will issue the medical certificate. Both applicants must secure a medical certificate and take them to the circuit clerk's office to apply for the marriage license in any Mississippi county. Most people apply in their county of residence. The application for the license must be made within 30 days of the date of the blood test.

If your blood test is done outside of Mississippi, the results may be taken to any Mississippi county health department for review and issue of certificate, if approved.

See: http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/31,0,175.html

Officiants

Clergy, mayors, local Board of Supervisors members, and judges of the state Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit court, Chancery court, Justice court, or County court.

Fees

The fee for a marriage license is $22.

Waiting period

There is a 3-day waiting period.

Validity of license

The license is valid for 30 days.

The license can only be used within the State of Mississippi.

Copy of marriage certificate

Mississippi marriage records are maintained by state and county officials. You can order a copy of a marriage record from MSDH, and you can have us search for the county in which the marriage license was issued.

See: http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/31,0,175,62.html

For more information

Here is a list of county clerk's offices in Mississippi:

Adams County
Natchey, MS
601.446.6326

Alcorn County
Corinth, MS
601.286.7740

Amite County
Liberty, MS
601-657-8932

Attala County
Kosciusko, MS
601-289-1471

Benton County
Ashland, MS
601.224.6310

Bolivar County
Cleveland, MS
601.843.2061

Calhoun County
Pittsboro, MS
601.412.3101

Carroll County
Carrollton, MS
601.237.9274

Chickasay County
Houston, MS
601.456.2331

Claiborne County
Port Gibson, MS
601.437.5841

Clay County
West Point, MS
601.494.3384

Coahoma County
Clarksdale, MS
601.624.3000

Copiah County
Hazlehurst, MS
601.894.1241

Covington County
Collins, MS
601.765.6506

De Soto County
Hernando, MS
601.429.1325

Forrest County
Hattiesburg, MS
601.582.3213

Franklin County
Meadville, MS
601.384.2320

George County
Lucedale, MS
601.947.4881

Greene County
Leakesville, MS
601.394.2379

Grenada County
Grenada, MS
601.226.1941

Hancock County
Bay St. Louis, MS
228.467.5265

Harrison County
Gulfport, MS
228.865.4167

Hinds County
Raymond, MS
601.968.6653

Holmes County
Lexington, MS
601.834.2476

Itawamba County
Fulton, MS
601.862.3511

Jackson County
Pascagoula, MS
228.769.3039

Jefferson Davis County
Prentiss, MS
601.792.4231

Jones County
Laurel, MS
601.425.2556

Lafayette County
Oxford, MS
601.234.4951

Lamar County
Purvis, MS
601.794.8504

Lauderdale County
Meridian, MS
601.482.9731

Leake County
Carthage, MS
601.298.1302

Lee County
Tupelo, MS
601.841.9024

Leflore County
Greenwood, MS
601.453.1435

Lincoln County
Brookhaven, MS
601.835.3435

Lowndes County
Columbus, MS
601.329.5900

Madison County
Canton, MS
601.859.4365

Marion County
Columbia, MS
601.736.8246

Marshall County
Holly Springs, MS
601.252.3434

Monroe County
Aberdeen, MS
601.369.8695

Montgomery County
Winona, MS
601-283-4161

Neshoba County
Philadelphia, MS
601.656.4781

Newton County
Decatur, MS
601.635.2368

Noxubee County
Macon, MS
601.726.5737

Oktibbeha County
Starkville, MS
601.323.1356

Panola County
Batesville, MS
601.563.6210

Pearl River County
Polarville, MS
601.795.1235

Pike County
Magnolia, MS
601.783.2581

Prentiss County
Booneville, MS
601.728.4611

Quitman County
Marks, MS
601.326.8003

Rankin County
Brandon, MS
601.825.1466

Scott County
Forest, MS
601.469.3601

Simpson County
Mendenhall, MS
601.847.2474

Stone County
Wiggins, MS
601.928.5246

Sunflower County
Indianola, MS
601.887.1252

Tate County
Senatobia, MS
601.562.5211

Tishomingo County
Iuka, MS
601.423.7037

Union County
New Albany, MS
601.534.1910

Warren County
Vicksburg, MS
601.636.3961

Washington County
Greenville, MS
601.378.2747

Winston County
Louisville, MS
601.773.3581

Yalobusha County
Water Valley, MS
601.473.1341

Yazoo County
Yazoo City, MS
601.746.1872

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