So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, Alabama!
Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: To apply for a marriage license the couple must appear together, at a County Probate Office (the local government office that has jurisdiction over where the marriage will take place). Applicants must bring valid ID (driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.) to confirm their identities. Do not have to be a resident of Alabama. In Alabama, within last 6 months of wedding date, a copy of Divorce Decree is required.
How Much a Marriage License Cost?: It costs $40 – 80, depending on the county, to apply for the marriage license.
Under 18: If the person intending to marry is at least 16 years of age and under 18 years of age and has not had a former wife or husband, the judge of probate shall require the consent of the parents or guardians of the minor to the marriage, to be given either personally or in writing, and, if the latter, the execution thereof shall be proved. The judge of probate shall also require a bond to be executed in the penal sum of two hundred dollars ($200), payable to the State of Alabama, with condition to be void if there is no lawful cause why such marriage should not be celebrated.
- Marriages may be solemnized by any licensed minister of the gospel in regular communion with the Christian church or society of which the minister is a member; by an active or retired judge of the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Court of Civil Appeals, any circuit court, or any district court within this state; by a judge of any federal court; or by an active or retired judge of probate.
- Pastor of religious society; clerk of society to maintain register of marriages; register, etc., deemed presumptive evidence of fact. Marriage may also be solemnized by the pastor of any religious society according to the rules ordained or custom established by such society. The clerk or keeper of the minutes of each society shall keep a register and enter therein a particular account of all marriages solemnized by the society, which register, or a sworn copy thereof, is presumptive evidence of the fact.
- Quakers, Mennonites, or other religious societies. The people called Mennonites, Quakers, or any other Christian society having similar rules or regulations, may solemnize marriage according to their forms by consent of the parties, published and declared before the congregation assembled for public worship.
Valid: License is valid for 30 days. The license can only be used within the State of Alabama. There is no waiting period. License must be returned before it expires.
Equality Rights: Same-sex marriages are prohibited.
Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.
Alabama Department of Public Health Bureau of Vital Statistics
434 Monroe St.
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3017
Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. For more detailed information click here.
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