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 county you get married in, there might be some different requirements, so check with the county clerk beforehand.
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Who May Apply?
The age minimum varies slightly. In Charleston and Dorchester counties, for example, applicants must be at least 18 years old; whereas in other counties (such as Aiken and Oconee) minors who are 16 years old can obtain a marriage license if they have parental or guardian consent.
What to Provide?
Each applicant must provide at least one of the following identification forms
- Valid driver’s license
- Original or certified copy of the birth certificate
- Valid South Carolina identification card
- Current military identification card
- Current passport
Some counties require a copy of your social security card or a document with your social security number printed on it. Some also require more than one form of identification, so check with your county probate court beforehand. Some counties allow applicants to apply online.
The cost of the license depends on the county and ranges from around $30 to $75.
Waiting Period/Expiration of License
There is a 24-hour waiting period after you apply for the license before you can receive your marriage license. The marriage license application does not expire.
Who Can Perform the Ceremony?
Ministers of gospel, Jewish Rabbis or an authorized notary officer are the only individuals legally allowed to conduct marriage ceremonies.