Planning your upcoming nuptials? You've selected your venue and caterer, chose your official and bridal party, celebrated your bachelor and/or bachelorette party, enjoyed your bridal shower and other festivities, but you'll also need one piece of paper to make it official: a marriage license.
Luckily, getting a marriage license in Georgia is simple and only takes about an hour. There is no waiting period for obtaining one, and the license never expires. Here's how to get a Georgia marriage license before your big day.
Steps to Take
- Gather two forms of ID for each person applying for a Georgia marriage license. A driver's license, passport, state ID, resident alien ID and military ID are all acceptable forms of identification, and both parties must be at least 18 years of age without parental consent to be eligible for a license.
- Both parties getting married must be present to obtain a marriage license, so grab your significant other and head to a Probate Court location in your county. Find a list of Georgia Probate Courts to obtain a marriage license. If neither of you are Georgia residents, you must apply in the county where the wedding ceremony will be performed.
- At the Probate Court office, obtain the application form and complete it. On this form, you will designate if you will be changing your name after marriage.
- You must pay a marriage license fee, which is Georgia marriage license fees are $56 without Premarital Education completed and only $16 for those with Premarital Education. There is also a $10 fee for the original certified copy of your marriage license. If you wish to get additional certified copies of your marriage license (which can be helpful in the name change process), you can pay the same fee per license. You should also bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope for each extra license you purchase.
- You will retain ownership of the license. You must present the license at your marriage and have it signed by your officiant. Once signed, you must mail the license back to the State of Georgia to be certified.
- Once the State has recorded the union, the certified copy of your Georgia marriage license will be mailed to you, along with any additional copies you requested.
Tips and Tricks
- If you are a Georgia resident, you can get your license in any county.
- If you are not a Georgia resident but wish to wed in Georgia, you must obtain your license in the county in which you will marry.
- You can get a discount on marital license fees by completing a qualified premarital education class. Requirements vary by county.
- Allow at least one hour to complete your forms and wait to be serviced at the Probate Court offices.
Be sure to bring the following valid identifying information and payment in order to secure your marriage license:
- 2 Forms of ID per person (drivers license, passport, etc.)
- Both parties present
- Cash for payment