Jenkins Probate Court
Marriage License Requirements
Marriage is a significant milestone in many people’s lives, marking the union of two individuals and the beginning of a lifelong journey together. If you’re planning to tie the knot in Georgia, understanding the process and requirements for obtaining a marriage license is crucial. From fees to documentation, this guide covers all the essential information you need to know before saying “I do.”
Getting married is a beautiful and momentous occasion, but it involves more than just exchanging vows and rings. One of the crucial steps in the process is obtaining a marriage license. A marriage license is a legal document that permits two individuals to marry in the state of Georgia. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience, it’s essential to be well-informed about the requirements and fees associated with acquiring a marriage license.
Marriage License Application
Before applying for a marriage license, both applicants must present valid identification. Accepted forms of identification include:
- Driver’s License
- State ID
- Resident Alien ID
- Military ID
Translations for Non-English Speakers
If either applicant does not speak fluent English, a Court Approved Translator will be required to apply for a Marriage License.
Divorce and Widowed Documents
Applicants who have been previously married must provide certified copies of divorce papers or death certificates, as applicable.
Applicants will need to provide information about their parents, including birthplace (city and state) and mother’s maiden name.
Marriage License Fees
The cost of obtaining a marriage license varies depending on certain factors:
- Without Premarital Counseling: The application fee is $56.
- With Premarital Counseling: The application fee is $16 (applicants must bring a certificate of completion of a pre-marital counseling course).
Additional charges include a $10 fee for the certified copy of the marriage license, which is mailed to the applicants after recording, and a $10 fee for the certified copy of the license application for the Social Security Administration.
Marriage ID Requirement
Accepted forms of identification for marriage license applicants include driver’s licenses, state IDs, resident alien IDs, military IDs, and passports.
Marriage Waiting Period
There is no waiting period for getting married in the state of Georgia.
Marriage Residency Requirement
You do not have to be a resident of Georgia to apply for a marriage license in the state.
Applicants who have previously been married and divorced must provide a copy of the final judgment and decree of the most recent divorce, showing the judge’s signature and the date the divorce was granted.
Proxy marriages are not allowed in Georgia.
Georgia permits first and second cousins to legally marry.
Common Law Marriages
Common-law marriages created before January 1, 1997, are recognized in Georgia.
Marriage Blood Test
As of July 1, 2003, blood tests are no longer required for obtaining a marriage license in Georgia.
Name After Marriage
Georgia law requires applicants to designate the legal surname they will use after marriage. Options include the present surname, the surname of a previous marriage, spouse’s surname, or a combination of both spouses’ surnames.
Marriage Age Requirements
Both applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply for a marriage license without parental consent. If either applicant is 16 or 17 years old, a license may be issued with written consent from the parent(s).
Marriage Proof of Age
Proof of age is required and can be established with documents such as birth certificates, driver’s licenses, baptismal certificates, and more.
Licensed or ordained ministers, clergymen, pastors of recognized religious societies, and justices of the peace can officiate weddings in Georgia.
If the officiant does not complete the marriage license form, two witnesses are required to sign the certificate.
Expiration Date of Marriage License
Marriage licenses in Georgia do not have an expiration date.
Georgia Online Marriage Application
Applicants can apply for a marriage license online through the Georgia Probate Record website.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage License
To obtain a copy of the marriage license certificate, contact Vital Records at 2600 Skyland Drive NE, Atlanta, GA.
Acquiring a marriage license is a crucial step in the journey to marriage. By understanding the requirements, fees, and processes involved, couples can ensure a smooth transition into married life. Remember that laws and regulations can change, so it’s essential to verify all information with the local Jenkins County Probate Court before applying.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I apply for a marriage license online in Georgia? Yes, you can apply for a marriage license online through the Georgia Probate Record website.
- Is there a waiting period for marriage in Georgia? No, there is no waiting period for getting married in Georgia.
- What identification documents are accepted for a marriage license application? Accepted forms of identification include driver’s licenses, state IDs, resident alien IDs, military IDs, and passports.
- Can I change my name after marriage on the marriage license? Yes, Georgia law allows applicants to choose a new surname after marriage, which can include options such as the present surname, a previous marriage’s surname, or the spouse’s surname.
- Are blood tests required for a marriage license in Georgia? No, blood tests are no longer required for obtaining a marriage license in Georgia.