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Georgia Marriage Laws


State of Georgia Marriage Laws and Georgia Marriage License Requirements

Are you looking to have the perfect wedding in the Peach State? Many couples choose to elope in Georgia because GA does not require any sort of waiting period. Besides just elopements in Georgia many couples have chosen Georgia as the place to conduct their destination wedding. Atlanta, which is located in Fulton county, and Stone Mountain are extremely popular destinations for those planning their honeymoon. Whether your Georgia wedding is going to be downtown Atlanta, located on top of Pine Mountain, or nestled somewhere on the Georgia coast you must first meet the Georgia Marriage License Requirements and laws set fort by the State of Georgia. Once you have read through the laws below and have settled on the Georgia County you wish to marry in, then follow up that decision with a call to the County Clerks office just to make sure you have everything in place before getting to the County Clerks Office.

Valid US ID

In the state of Georgia you must bring identification so that your age can be validated. Acceptable forms of identification are your driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, military ID or some other form of legal documentation. Both the bride and groom will be required to bring one form of identification.

Residency

There is no residency requirement in Georgia, but if you are not a resident then you will have to obtain your Georgia marriage license from the county in which you are going to marry.

Waiting Period

There is no waiting period in Georgia. Once the County Clerk’s Office has issued you your marriage license you may marry immediately afterwards.

Length Marriage License is Valid

Unlike most states, once a Georgia marriage license is issued it will not expire.

Medical and Other Tests

At one point the state of Georgia did require that both the bride and groom get a blood test, but as of mid 2003 that requirement was official dropped by the Georgia State legislator.

Age Requirements

You must be at least 16 years of age in order to obtain a marriage license in the state of Georgia. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, both parents and legal guardians must give their consent in person. If wedding applicants are underage and they have either already had a child together or either the bride is pregnant then parental consent is not needed. All that will be needed is either a copy of their child’s birth certificate or a letter from a certified Georgia physician stating that the bride is pregnant.

Marriages by Proxy

There are no proxy marriage allowed.

Previously Married

If either the bride or groom has been divorced in the last six months then a copy of the divorce decree will have to be brought to the County Clerk’s Office. Also, whether the marriage ended in death or a divorce you will have to be able to provided exact dates as to when your last marriage ended.

Fees and Taxes

The marriage license fee is normally $51.00 cash. As with most states only cash is an acceptable form of payment. If you have completed premarital counseling then the license is only $16.00, again cash only.

Marrying a Cousin

Yes you may marry a first cousin the Georgia.

Common Law

If you have a common law marriage from another state then it will be legally recognized in Georgia because of the full faith and credit requirement. Thought, Georgia itself does not recognize common law marriages unless it was officially recognized before Jan 1, 1997.

Same Sex Marriages

A constitutional amendment was passed in late 2004, which official band persons of the same sex to marry.

Wedding Officiants

The officiant can be a judge, city recorder, justice of the peace or a minister.

Miscellaneous

Please remember that marriage laws very from county to county, so make sure you contact the particular county you wish to marry in for exact details. Also make sure you ask if you have any questions because chances are the county clerk will only give you the very basics as far as requirements go. If you have any questions or concerns then you will have to ask some very direct question.

Obtaining a Copy of Marriage Certificate

To receive a copy of your marriage certificate you will need to write the Georgia department of Pubic Health in Atlanta requesting a copy.
Georgia Vital Records
2600 Skyland Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
Phone: (404) 679-4701

Premarital Counseling

Though it is not officially required, premarital counseling is official endorsed by the state of Georgia. If you choose to get pre-marriage counseling then you will receive a discount of the marriage license. See “Fees and Taxes” above. Also, the premarital education must be completed within 12 months prior to the application for a marriage license and the couple must undergo the education together.

Surrounding State’s Marriage Laws and Requirements

If the Georgia marriage laws do not provided what you need to satisfy the requirements of your marriage then try checking the surrounding states. You can do so by looking at our marriage law write ups located here: Florida marriage laws, Tennessee marriage laws, North Carolina marriage laws, and Alabama marriage laws.

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20 Responses to “Georgia Marriage Laws”

  1. joel ross Says:
    February 4th, 2008 at 9:37 am

    proxy marriages are allowed in ga now, i am getting one while serving in iraq!

  2. admin Says:
    February 6th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for letting me know Joel, and thank you for your service!

  3. Meghan Says:
    May 1st, 2008 at 8:39 am

    It is not true that a person under 18 in ga can get married if the bride is pregnant or they have a child together without parental consent. That law was changed a few years ago, when that 35 yr old woman got pregnant by a 15 yr old boy.

  4. Ron Says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    In Obtaining a copy of marriage certificate,in Georgia is there a mistake as to what city to obtain it? I believe Montgomery is the capital of Alabama. I think you meant Atlanta.

  5. admin Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Ron thank you. You are correct!

  6. Andrew Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    As of july 1 2006 it became illigal for a pregnant fifteen year old to get married. i got married june 30 2006 for that reasonthe (35yo and 15yo)my wife was 15 i was 16

  7. Gizmo Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I think it’s frickin’ awesome as hell that I can merry lou ann my first cousin. Finally!

  8. david Says:
    August 18th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    are there any free cost marriage judges in georgia and if so where?

  9. Krystal Says:
    August 25th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    My fiancé is in the army at fort Gordon GA and I am in california . It seems easier for me to fly to GA then him fly to ca. But we only have a weekend to get married so we are going to do the justice of the peace sign the papers and be on our way. And so we need to get our marriage licence right away so we may enroll in DEERS and get my ID. I am confused is this a possiblity to get everything done in 1 day?

  10. desjaunia Says:
    August 30th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Are you sure that proxy marriages are allowed in Georgia? My fiance and I want to get married while he is in Korea. Is it possible?

  11. taylor rose Says:
    September 6th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    hi , im taylor me and my boy friend are expecting a baby in april and we realy want to get married. although my parents dont r=want that he is 17 i am 14 and i was wondering if were able to marry in georgia with out parental concent? please get back to me its very important that we get together leagaly for our baby and for us thanks ,

  12. Stephanie Says:
    March 15th, 2010 at 5:23 am

    I looking into a marriage by proxy and I live in Tennessee to my soldier in Iraq. How di you go about doing this. Thank you for your time.

  13. Michelle Says:
    March 16th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I am flying into the Ashville airport and going to Pisgah, Ga. I’m wondering if anybody knows what the fastest way to do this on a Friday afternoon would be? What’s the nearest courthouse? CAn we do it there?

  14. Faine Marie Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I noticed in 2008, a comment had been posted by a Joel Ross stating that proxy marriages are now legal in GA. I am currently looking into this, and have not found any other incident besides an isolated Army proxy marriage in GA. Are marriages by proxy legal still? Or, are they illegal? Thank you for your help!

  15. Shannon Says:
    October 5th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I was wondering if when you go to pick up your marriage license, can you immidiately get married by a Judge or do you have to wait and set up an appointment?

  16. Erica Says:
    December 1st, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I understand that the marriage license fee is $51.00, but does it cost anything for the judge? Is there any other costs?

  17. Soph Says:
    February 1st, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    If I fill out a marriage license in Cobb county, but never have an officiant sign it and never send it back in, will it be legal/on record?

  18. Brittany Says:
    March 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Well, I’m 16 and my birthday is on June 6th. Then I will be 17 and i’m moving in with my boyfriend who is a year younger than me… If his parents become my legal gaurdians for a temporary amount of time can they sign both me and him to get married?

  19. Kristy Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 5:19 am

    My daughter is 17 and planning to marry her 10 month old son’s daddy there in Georgia. He has never taken care of his son, but now that he’s in the military and it is time to go to court for child-support he is ready for marriage. Me and my husband do not support this decision at all.Is there anyway we can stop it? He wants to hurry to marry her, because he is going to be stationed in Texas soon, that way they get housing and she can go with him. Thank You,
    concerned in Pickens

  20. Susan Says:
    May 19th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    If I reside in Georgia but marrying in SC, which state license is required?