Though the steps and requirements needed to get a marriage license might feel overwhelming, it’s actually fairly simple. Here’s an overview of what you need to know, but keep in mind that, depending on which state and county you get married in, there might be some different requirements, so check with the county clerk beforehand.
Who May Apply?
Unmarried people who are at least 18 years of age (or emancipated) and are not blood relatives can apply for a marriage license. If both people are residents of Georgia, then they can get their license from any county in the state. If neither applicant is a Georgia resident, then you must get your license from the county where the ceremony is being held.
What to Provide
Both partners must be present at the time of application and will need to bring documentation that proves they are of age. Accepted documents include: birth certificate, driver’s license, baptismal certificate, selective service card, court record, passport, immigration papers, citizenship papers or armed forces identification card. If either party was divorced or widowed, you may need to provide a divorce decree or the date of the former spouse’s death. Check with the county clerk for requirements.
A marriage license fee differs depending on the county and ranges from $16 to $76. Each county offers a discount for completing a premarital education course. Check with your local probate court for restrictions on payment.
Waiting Period/Expiration of License
Georgia doesn’t have a waiting period before the license can be used. In some counties the license doesn’t expire, but in others the license expires after six months. Also, verify how many days you have to return the license for filing. In Fulton County, for example, the marriage license should be returned within 30 days.