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Marriage License


Instructions for Applying for a Marriage License

NOTICE OF CHANGE IN FEES FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES

Effective May 13, 2010, there has been a change in the fees for applications for marriage licenses in the State of Georgia. Pursuant to House Bill 1055, the application fee was raised from $35.00 to $40.00 unless the couple seeking the license has completed a qualifying premarital education program*, as defined by House Bill 378, effective July 1, 2005. Upon presentation of a certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program in accordance with the House Bill 378, there will be no fee for the application. The Bill waives only the application fee and no other fees and costs which may apply under Georgia law. The two sets of fees for marriage license applications are as follows::

Without Certification of Premarital Counseling With Certification of
Premarital Counseling
Application Fee
$ 40.00
$ -0-
Vital Records recording fee
{O.C.G.A. §31-10-21(f)}
1.00
1.00
Children's Trust Fund fee
{O.C.G.A. §15-9-60.1}
15.00
15.00
Certified copy of Application
11.00
11.00
Certified copy of Marriage Certificate
11.00
11.00
Mailing & Processing Fee
4.00
4.00
TOTAL FEE
82.00
42.00
Fee for each notification of parent letter required
1.00
1.00

*Under House Bill 378, a "qualifying premarital education program" shall include at least six hours of "instruction involving marital issues, which may include but not be limited to conflict management, communication skills, financial responsibilities, child and parenting responsibilities, and extended family roles." The program must have been completed within twelve months prior to the application and the couple must have undergone the premarital education together. To qualify, the premarital education must have been performed by: (1) a professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist; (2) a psychiatrist; (3) a psychologist; or (4) an active member of the clergy when in the course of his or her service as clergy, or the designee of such active member of the clergy, provided the designee is skilled and trained in premarital education.

In order to qualify for the reduced fee, the couple must provide the Court a signed and dated certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program. The Court has an acceptable Certificate which you may take to the premarital education provider.

Download Certification of Completion of Qualifying Premarital Education (pdf)

 

When applying for a marriage license, please take into consideration that the process may take 20 to 30 minutes; therefore, arrive no later than 3:30 pm to ensure ample time to complete the license is available. The Court does not accept applications after 4:00 pm. Probate Court is located at 121 South McDonough Street, in the City of Jonesboro, in Annex Building 3. The entrance is on the east side of the building on the first floor.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE
IN CLAYTON COUNTY PROBATE COURT
PAM FERGUSON, JUDGE
(770) 477-3301

  1. Both Bride and Groom must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  2. Both Bride and Groom must appear in person and present a valid driver's license for identification OR a certified copy of their birth certificate.
  3. The cost for the Marriage License is as follows:
    -With Certification of Premarital Counseling: $42.00
    -Without Certification of Premarital Counseling: $82.00

    CASH ONLY. NO CHECKS ACCEPTED.

    In order to qualify for the reduced fee, the couple must provide the Court a signed and dated certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program. The Court has an acceptable Certificate which you may take to the premarital education provider.
  4. If either the Bride or Groom is a resident of the State of Georgia, the Marriage License may be issued in any county in the State and the couple may be married in any county of the State.
  5. If either the Bride or Groom has been divorced, or if the previous spouse is deceased, a certified copy of the Final Divorce Decree/Order or a certified copy of the death certificate, whichever is applicable, must be presented at the time of application.
  6. Translators are not provided by the Court. The Bride and Groom are responsible for providing their own translators when needed and the translator must be 18 years of age or older, with picture identification and not related to either party by blood or marriage. The translator will be required to sign an affidavit. Applications will not be accepted after 3:30 P.M. for couples using a translator.
  7. Please take into consideration it may take a couple 20-30 minutes to complete the marriage license application; therefore, please arrive at the Court no later than 3:30 pm to insure you have enough time to accomplish this requirement. Applications will not be accepted after 4:00 P.M.
  8. Probate Court does not perform marriage ceremonies. See the receptionist in Probate Court for a list of who may perform wedding ceremonies.

Rev 07/01/2005

Instructions for requesting a copy of a Marriage License

To obtain a copy of marriage license, in person or via mail, the following should be submitted to the Clayton County Probate Court:
  1. A money order in the amount of $11 (No checks or cash accepted)
  2. Name of both parties on marriage license
  3. Year (or approximate year) of marriage
  4. Self-addressed stamped envelope (if requesting by mail)

 

Judge: Pam Ferguson
Annex Building 3
121 South McDonough Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), excluding Holidays.