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Marriage License Requirements
If wedding bells are ringing in your near future, one of the important things on your to-do list is obtaining a marriage license. In Georgia, the process is straightforward, but it’s essential to understand the details and requirements to ensure a smooth journey to marital bliss. From the application process to the associated fees, let’s dive into the intricacies of getting your marriage license in the Peach State.
Marriage License Fees
Congratulations on taking this significant step in your life journey! Before you say “I do,” you need to acquire a marriage license, and that comes with certain fees. In Georgia, these fees can vary based on different factors, including whether you opt for premarital education.
Understanding the Application Process
Obtaining a marriage license involves more than just filling out a form. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with the application process, so you don’t encounter any surprises along the way.
Both you and your partner need to provide valid identification, which can include a driver’s license, state ID, resident alien ID, military ID, or passport.
If either applicant does not speak fluent English, a Court Approved Translator will be required during the application process. Additionally, if either of you has been previously married, you’ll need certified copies of divorce papers or a death certificate if you’re widowed.
Be prepared to provide details about your parents, including their birthplace (city and state) and your mother’s maiden name.
Marriage License Application Fees
The cost of your marriage license depends on whether you and your partner choose to undergo premarital counseling. Here’s a breakdown of the fees:
Without Premarital Counseling
If you decide not to undergo premarital counseling, the application fee for your marriage license is $56.
With Premarital Counseling
Opting for premarital counseling can significantly reduce the cost of your marriage license. With proof of completion of the counseling course, the application fee drops to $16.
In addition to the application fee, there are a couple of other charges to be aware of:
Certified Copy of Marriage License
After your marriage is recorded, you can request a certified copy of your marriage license for a $10 fee.
Certified Copy for Social Security Administration
If you need a certified copy of your license application for the Social Security Administration, there’s an additional $10 fee.
Georgia Wedding Officiants
Choosing the right wedding officiant is crucial for your big day. In Georgia, you have a variety of options, including licensed or ordained ministers, clergymen, pastors of recognized religious societies, and justices of the peace.
Marriage Waiting Period and Residency Requirement
Unlike some states, Georgia has no waiting period for getting married, and you don’t need to be a resident of the state to obtain a marriage license.
Previous Marriages and Blood Test
If either applicant has been previously married, you’ll need to provide proof of the final judgment and decree of the most recent divorce. As of July 1, 2003, blood tests are no longer required.
Name Change and Age Requirements
Georgia law requires each applicant to designate the legal surname they will use after marriage. Additionally, both applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply for a marriage license without parental consent.
Proof of Age
To verify your age, you’ll need to present acceptable proof, such as a birth certificate, driver’s license, baptismal certificate, or other relevant documents.
Marriage Witnesses and Expiration Date
Typically, you won’t need witnesses for your marriage license application. However, if the person performing the ceremony doesn’t complete the form, you’ll require two witnesses. Keep in mind that the Georgia marriage license does not have an expiration date.
As you embark on this exciting journey toward marital bliss, understanding the process of obtaining a marriage license and the associated fees is vital. Whether you choose premarital counseling or not, Georgia’s marriage license fees are designed to accommodate your preferences.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I apply for a marriage license online in Georgia? Yes, you can apply for your marriage license online through the Georgia Probate Record website.
- What identification is required to apply for a marriage license? Valid identification options include driver’s licenses, state IDs, resident alien IDs, military IDs, and passports.
- Is there a waiting period for getting married in Georgia? No, Georgia does not have a waiting period for marriage.
- Can I change my name on my marriage license? Yes, Georgia law allows you to designate a new legal surname after marriage.
- Are blood tests required for a marriage license in Georgia? No, blood tests are no longer required for obtaining a marriage license in Georgia.