Marriage License

Marriage Licenses

If either of the applicants is a resident of the State of Georgia, the marriage license can be obtained from any Probate Court in Georgia. It is not required that an applicant obtain their marriage license from the county in which they reside. If neither of the applicants is a resident of the State of Georgia, the license must be obtained in the county in which the ceremony will take place.

Marriage License Cost

The cost for a marriage license is $76.00 payable by debit, credit, money order, or personal check payable to the Probate Court.

There is a service charge to pay with a credit/debit card.

If you have had at least 6 hours of marriage counseling, you may receive a license at the reduced fee of $36.00. In order to receive the reduced fee, you must provide a certificate to the Probate Court and completed by the counselor.

When Can I Apply

Marriage License Applications will be accepted on normal business days between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. 

Proof of Age

Effective July 1, 2019: All applicants 17 years of age must be lawfully emancipated and provide proof of emancipation to obtain a marriage license, and anyone entering into a marriage with a 17-year-old cannot be more than four (4) years older. No Exceptions. No person under the age of 17 years may obtain a marriage license in the state of Georgia under any circumstances. No Exceptions.

Each applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years old and must provide a valid photo ID and a copy of your divorce decree if you have ever been divorced.

If you do not have a photo ID, then you must provide at least two (2) of the following forms of identification that contain your full name and date of birth 

    • Certified birth certificate
    • Foreign birth certificate with a certified English translation
    • Court record
    • Hospital admission card
    • Selective service card
    • Armed forces discharge papers
    • INS issued immigration, citizenship, or alien papers
    • Baptismal certificate 
    • A sworn affidavit by applicant attested to by two (2) people with valid photo identification.

Previously Married

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


The applicants must designate on the application the legal surname that will be used after the marriage. Both applicants must be present to apply. After you receive the license and the ceremony has been conducted, the officiant must sign and complete the license and it must be returned to the Court within 10 days of the ceremony. The Court will issue the certified copy of your marriage license upon receipt of the signed license. Additional certified copies of your marriage license (if the license was obtained in Wilkinson County) may be obtained for a fee of $10.00 for each certified copy.


You will receive a confirmation number upon completion which you will need to bring with you to the Probate Court office within two (2) weeks of completing the application, along with the application fee of $76.00 and a valid photo ID. The application process will be completed at that time and you will receive your marriage license.