Marriage Licenses

Safety Notice

For the safety of our staff, we are putting the marriage license application (PDF) online. Couples can download, and fill out the paperwork before coming into the office. Please be advised that the groom is applicant number 1 and the bride is applicant number 2. No appointment is necessary.  Please bring valid id and the cost of the license, $56 or $16 with proof of 6 hours premarital counseling. Do not sign until you are in the probate office.

Issue Times

Marriage Licenses are issued in the probate office Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:15 pm (Pre-marriage blood test no longer required by law).

Officiates

A list of officiates available to perform a marriage ceremony is posted on the information board located in the Probate’s office. Please read the following law pertaining to current judges:

  • Georgia Code Ann. 19-3-49. Acceptance by judges of tips, considerations, or gratuities. In addition to any compensation otherwise provided by law, any judge who performs a marriage ceremony at any time, except normal office hours, may receive and retain as personal income any tip, consideration, or gratuity voluntarily given to such judge for performing such marriage ceremony.

Requirements

The following items are required to apply for a Marriage License:

  • $56 cash, money order, or certified funds without proof of certified premarital education - effective July 1, 2005
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Both Applicants are required to appear in person to complete the application and receive the license
  • Fee is $16 cash, money order, or certified funds, credit or debit cards with proof of certified premarital education or
  • Identification must be provided in the form of driver’s license, certified birth certificate, valid passport or some other form of valid photo ID
  • If there has been a previous marriage within the past year, you must provide a certified copy of the final divorce decree

Requirements of Premarital Education (Optional)

Beginning July 1st, 2005, all persons planning on applying for a Marriage License may successfully complete a Qualified Premarital Education Program. This program must include at least 6 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 premarital education must be completed within 12 months prior to the application for a marriage license and the couple must undergo the premarital education together. The premarital education shall be performed by:

  • An active member of the clergy when in the course of his or her service as clergy or his or her designee, including retired clergy, provided that a designee is trained and skilled in premarital education
  • A professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 10A of Title 43
  • A psychiatrist who is licensed as a physician pursuant to Chapter 34 of Title 43
  • A psychologist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 39 of Title 43

Each premarital education provider must furnish each participant who completes the premarital education required by this Code section with a certificate of completion, which includes language referencing 6 hours of instruction.

Certified Copies of Vital Records-Birth, Death & Marriage

Effective July 1, 2010

General Requirements:

  • 25 Cash/Money order for certification and $5 for additional copy of the same certificate, same day - Birth and Death only
  • $20 Cash/Money order for certification and $5 for additional copy of the same certificate, same day - Marriage only - (Certified copies of Marriage licenses only available in County of issuance;  not County of wedding ceremony).
  • All requests by mail should be sent to: [include $1 mailing fee]
    • Probate Court of Douglas County
      8700 Hospital Drive
      Douglas County Courthouse (3rd Floor)
      Douglasville, Ga 30134
    • Hours
      Monday through Friday
      8 am to 5 pm