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Chatham County Requirements

Probate Court Notice
Starting January 1, 2013 Probate Court will only accept cash, money orders or cashier's checks in the exact amount for Marriage Licenses and Pistol Permits. Probate Court does not accept checks for Marriage Licenses and Pistol Permits. Requirements for Securing a Marriage License Applicants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply without parental consent.

Applicants may be sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) and apply for a license with consent of the parents or guardians. Parents or guardians must sign for you if you are underage. The parents must accompany the minor applying for the marriage license and must have proper identification, such as a valid drivers license. Guardians must present proper guardianship papers. Identification. All applicants must present a positive I.D. This may be either a drivers license, a certified copy of a birth certificate, a military I.D., a passport, or a State I.D. card. Not acceptable are social security cards, insurance cards, credit cards, work or school I.D. cards.

Blood Tests
As of July 1, 2003 the State of Georgia no longer requires a blood test to obtain a marriage license.

Fees
If the applicants have completed premarital education pursuant to Code Section 19-3-30.1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated that it included at least six hours of instruction. The certificate and/or form must have an original signature and notarized stating the couple have completed the course. This information has to be on the letterhead or certificate when applying for the marriage license.

Marriage License must be obtained within 12 months of date of application. The charge will be $26.00. If the applicants have not completed premarital education, the charge will be $66.00, which will include 1 certified copy effective September 1, 2011.

Probate Court Hours for Issuing Marriage Licenses

The Chatham County Probate Court issues marriage licenses from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.