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Residence

If either applicant is a resident of the State of Georgia, the Marriage License may be obtained by the Probate Court in any county in the State.  It is not required that the license be obtained from the county of the legal residence of either applicant. 

 
If neither applicant is a resident of the State of Georgia, the Marriage License must be obtained from the Probate Court in the county in which the ceremony will take place.

Proof of Age

Both applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply for a Marriage License without parental consent.  Proof of age (Driver's License, Certified Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship Papers, Armed Forces Discharge Papers, Identification Card or Hospital Admission Card containing the full name and date of birth) must be presented by every applicant who does not appear to the Judge to be at least 25 years of age.

 

If either applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, a Marriage License may be issued only with the written consent of the parents or guardians of the underage applicant.  No Marriage License shall be issued if either applicant is under the age of 16.

Proof of Dissolution of Prior Marriage

If either applicant has been previously married and the marriage was dissolved by divorce or annulment, a copy of the decree of divorce or annulment must be presented at the time of application.  Applicants who have been married and divorced more than once need only provide a copy of the decree dissolving the last previous marriage.

 
If the last marriage ended due to the death of the spouse, a copy of the Death Certificate is required at the time of application.

Additional Required Information

Each party seeking a marriage license should be prepared to supply the following information: full name, residential and mailing address, phone number, age, date of birth, race, social security number, birthplace, relationship of parties, if any, designated surname (last name), number of prior marriage and how they were dissolved, if any, father's name and birthplace, mother's maiden name and birthplace, and the date and place of the contemplated marriage.