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Tue, Feb 07 2012
Alabama

Marriage license requirements in the state of Alabama, here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

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

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Marriage license Laws in the state of Alabama, here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, but you'll need to apply for the certificate together, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Valid Driver's License or Birth Certificate and Social Security number.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Alabama.

 

Waiting Period: No waiting period.

If Divorced: In Alabama, within last 6 months of wedding date, 
a copy of Divorce Decree.

 

Fees: Cash or credit card requirement varies depending on County. Some locales charge $2 for using a credit card. License fees also vary. $43.35+ for marriage license only; $63+ for license, ceremony and a certified copy.

Other Tests: No tests

Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification. If one or both parents are deceased, proper evidence of such must be provided.

Officiants: Any licensed minister of the gospel in regular communion with the Christian church or society of which he is a member may perform marriages. Also, marriages may 
be performed by the pastor of any religious society according to the rules of the religious society. Ministers must provide a certificate of the marriage to the judge of probate within one month after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Alabama.

Miscellaneous:
License is valid for thirty (30) days.
Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Alabama Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
434 Monroe St.
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3017
Phone: 334-613-5300
Fax: 334-240-3097

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

Mississippi

 

Marriage license Laws in the state of Mississippi, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Mississippi marriage laws before filling out the Mississippi marriage license form.

 

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Picture id such as Drivers License. Having your Social Security card, Birth Certificate, etc. may be helpful. Bring some friends with you, because witnesses need to sign your application, too.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Mississippi.

Previous Marriages: You need to know the date (mm/dd/yy) and how the last marriage ended. If it was within the last 6 months, you will need to bring proof of the divorce that can be left with the Clerk.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Waiting Period: Yes. 3 day waiting period.

Fees: $22 - Cash Only.

Blood Tests: Blood test within 30 days showing that both applicants are free from syphilis. The results can be from any laboratory (in state or out of state) that is authorized to do pre-marital syphilis testing and is registered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Under 21: Parental consent is needed if under 21 years of age. If parents or guardians do not give consent at time of application, they will be notified via certified mail. The marriage application will be held for three (3) days. Marriage licenses cannot be issued to males under 17, or females under 15 years of age. If the clerk receives a signed authorization from the parents, this minimum age requirement can be waived.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Common Law Marriage: No.

Cousin Marriages: No.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Officiants: Any ordained minister of the gospel who is in good standing with his or her church may perform marriages. Ministers must send a certificate of marriage to the clerk who issued the marriage license within three months after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Mississippi.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Mississippi Vital Records
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Phone: (601) 576-7450

 

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

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.
 

Alabama: It doesnt matter what county you get your license in......

 

General Information

A marriage license is required for a marriage to be legally recognized in the State of Alabama. Marriage licenses may be obtained at the office of the Judge of Probate, Jefferson County at the above address.

Both parties must appear in person and fulfill the following requirements:

· Parties aged 16-18 must provide a certified copy of their birth certificate and be accompanied by both parents. Both parents must provide a photo I.D. If one or both parents are deceased, proper evidence of such must be provided.

· Parties aged 18 years + must provide a valid government issued photo I.D. i.e. Drivers license, Non-Drivers license, Passport.

· The filing fee is $43.50 in cash. No checks, debit or credit cards are accepted.

There is no blood test required to obtain a marriage license. Once the license has been issued keep in mind the following:

· A marriage license issued in Jefferson County is valid only in the State of Alabama.

· The license expires in thirty (30) days from the issuance date.

· You must give the license to the person performing the marriage ceremony. The person performing the ceremony will complete the relevant portion of the license and return it to the office of the Judge of Probate in a self-addressed envelope provided with the license.

· Probate Court personnel will record your marriage license and mail you a marriage certificate (certified copy) in the envelope that you will address when you apply for the license. We will also mail the license to Montgomery after our records are completed.

· Please check the marriage license very carefully for errors. After the license has been forwarded to Montgomery, you must have court action to make any corrections.

· The bride can use the certified copy of the license you will receive from us to have her name changed on her driver's license, social security card and other records.

Address/Phone

Probate Court - Jefferson County
Jefferson County Courthouse
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 325-5182

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