How to Get Married in Georgia

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, Georgia!

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, Georgia!

How to Get Married in Georgia

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: You do not have to be a resident of Georgia. If one of the parties is a resident of Georgia, the license can be issued in any county. If neither party is a resident of Georgia, the license must be issued in the county in which the marriage ceremony is to be performed.

Two valid forms of id such as drivers license, birth certificate, U. S. passport, Armed Forces ID card, or Resident Alien ID card. Applicants will also be asked to fill out a brief form. If divorced within six months, you will need to show a copy of your divorce decree. Some counties require a final divorce decree no matter how long you have been divorced. You can obtain a copy of your final divorce decree from the Superior Court in the county in which you filed for divorce. There is no waiting period for getting married in Georgia.

A marriage license is issued based upon a written application made by the applicants, verified by oath of the applicants. The parties must be of sound mind, must have no living spouse from an undissolved prior marriage. Persons related by blood or marriage, falling within the following relationships may not be married in Georgia:

  • Father and daughter or stepdaughter
  • Mother and son or stepson
  • Brother and sister of the whole blood or half blood
  • Grandparent and grandchild
  • Aunt and nephew
  • Uncle and niece

Under 18: The legal age to get married in Georgia is 18. People ages 16 and 17 can get married with parental permission. However, both parents or legal guardians of a minor must appear in person before the probate judge at the county courthouse in order to give their consent, unless parental rights have been terminated by court order.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: $56, or $16 with a certificate of completion from a qualified premarital education program. Some counties only accept cash payment. A qualified program must include at least six hours of professional instruction on marital issues and must be taught by a licensed counselor, social worker, therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, clergy member or clergy's designee who is trained in premarital education. Both partners must be present to obtain the marriage license.

Officiants: In Georgia, judges, justices of the peace and licensed or ordained ministers, clergymen, pastors and other religious leaders can perform marriage ceremonies. Wedding ceremonies in Georgia must include at least two witnesses.

If you would like to be able to perform marriage ceremonies in the state of Florida, you can do so by becoming a notary public.

Valid: A Georgia marriage license does not expire.

Equality Rights: Same-sex marriage is legal in Georgia.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

For More Information:

1-800-georgia
connect.georgia.gov

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.

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