STATE OF GEORGIA

PROBATE COURTS

County probate courts grant marriage licenses to couples. The license never expires. A Georgia resident may get married in any county in Georgia. You’ll receive your license the same day you apply for it. While in some counties, you may marry at 16 years of age, you must be at least 18 years old to get married without parental consent.

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What You Should Know

When you arrive at the court, you’ll need your driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate. If your identifying documents are printed in a language other than English, you’ll need to hire a notary to type a certified translation.

If you’ve been married before, you’ll need to present to the court your divorce decree. Marriage license fees vary by county, and some counties require payment in cash only. Check the fees at your county probate court. If you don’t want to pay the marriage license fee, you can earn a premarital education program certificate - a 6-hour class that reviews basic marriage lessons such as budgeting and conflict resolution.