Applications for Marriage Licenses are accepted at the Oglethorpe County Probate Court between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please arrive no later than 4:15 in order to allow for adequate time to complete the application.
The Marriage License Application may be downloaded from this page by clicking here.
This office only issues marriage licenses, we DO NOT perform marriages. After obtaining a license, it is up to the parties to arrange to have an officiant perform a ceremony.
In order to receive a marriage license the following must be met
Both parties must present a photo I.D. and must show proof of age. Acceptable forms of proof of age include the following documents: certified birth certificate (with official translation if not in English), passport, driver's license, or military I.D.
You must be 18 years of age or older in order to obtain a marriage license without parental consent.
If either applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, they may still obtain a marriage license but, in order to do so, they must satisfy all of these requirements: have been granted emancipation in Juvenile Court and must present a certified copy of the order. 15 days must have passed since the date the order was granted before applying for a marriage license. The older party to the marriage must not be more than 4 years older than the younger party. Applicants have completed premarital education according to 19-3-20.1. There are additional counseling requirements for those 17 years old.
A marriage license can not be issued to anyone under the age of 16.
If either applicant has been married previously, they must present proof that the previous marriage was dissolved, either by divorce or death. Proof of dissolution must be either a copy of their Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce for the last divorce which shows that it was signed by a Judge and filed in office or a certified death certificate. In the event either document is not in English, you will need to provide a certified translation.
If both applicants reside outside the State of Georgia, they must get married in the county in which they purchase their license.
The fee for the marriage license is $66.00. If you have a Certification of Completion of Qualifying Premarital Education, the fee is $26.00. There is an additional $10.00 fee for obtaining a certified copy of the Marriage License Application.
Acceptable payments include cash, debit and credit (convenience fee added), money order, cashier check, as well as personal check (if you live within the county).
You may obtain a marriage license between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:30P.M. Monday through Friday. Please have all applications completed no later than 4:30 P.M. in order to receive your marriage license the same day. Please check for closings.
Both applicants must sign the marriage application in the presence of a Deputy Clerk.
Premarital Education is when an individual such as professional counselor or member of the clergy provides at least six hours of instructions to the couple on martial issues. These issues may include, but are not limited to conflict management, effective communication, parenting responsibilities, and financial responsibilities.
Upon receiving the instruction, the individual providing the training needs to fill out the certification form. Click here for Certification of Completion of Qualifying Premarital Education.
This office DOES NOT perform premarital education to couples.
Copy of Marriage License
Individuals can request a copy of their marriage license by clicking here.