Marriage Licenses


Where should you apply?

If either applicant is a resident of the State of Georgia, the marriage license may be obtained from the Probate Court in any county in the State.  If neither applicant is a resident of Georgia, the license must be obtained from the Probate Court in the county in which the ceremony is to be performed.  If the marriage will take place in another state, you must contact that state for the licensing information. 

What is required for the issuance of a marriage license?

  • Both parties must appear in the office together.
  • Each party must have a state issued photo ID or passport.
  • Any party that was previously married must have a copy of the most recent divorce decree or death certificate of the previous spouse.
  • The marriage license fee is $57.00 payable only in cash, money order, Visa or MasterCard. A convenience fee will apply to all cards.
    • If you bring a certificate showing 6 hours of pre-marital counseling with a minister, professional counselor or social worker, the fee will be reduced to $17.00.
  • Visit https://www.georgiaprobaterecords.com/Marriage/MarriageApplication.aspx to complete the marriage license application ahead of time. When you submit the application, you will receive a confirmation number. Bring the confirmation with you when you come in to apply. 

**Please note the Probate Judge does not perform marriage ceremonies. **

How can you obtain a certified copy of your marriage license?

After the ceremony, the original (white) license should be returned to the Probate Court in the envelope provided when you received your license.  You can only obtain a copy of your marriage license from the court that issued the license.  Within seven days of receiving the completed original license you can obtain a certified copy of the license at the Probate Court.  You will need the name of each party, the date of the marriage, and a state issued photo ID.  Certified copies are $10.00 ($1.00 for each additional copy) and can be paid for with cash, money order, Visa or MasterCard.  A convenience fee will apply to all cards.