Marriage License in South Carolina

ID Requirement:

Drivers License and Social Security number.

Residency Requirement:

Do not have to be a resident of South Carolina.

If previously married:

No proof of divorce is required.

Application Requirement:

Both parties to a marriage should appear in person at the office of a South Carolina County Probate Judge and file a written application. This application asks for the full name, social security number, age, and place of residence of both the bride and the groom. It is a sworn statement that must be signed by both the bride and the groom and notarized in the office of the Probate Judge.

Fees:

The fee for a South Carolina marriage license application varies depending on county. Some locales charge $50 cash for all county residents, $75 cash for state residents, and $100 cash or money order for out-of-state residents and all others.

Waiting Period:

There is a 24-hour waiting period after the application is filed before the license can be picked up and the marriage can take place. If you want to get married on a weekend, make sure you apply for a marriage license by Thursday so you can pick up your license by Friday.

Blood Tests:

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Under 18:

If you are under the age of 18, parental consent can be granted for boys who are at least 16 years old and for girls who are at least 14 years old. All minor applicants must file an original birth certificate or a certified copy of their birth certificate, which becomes a part of their permanent application record. The parent or legal guardian of a minor applicant must appear at the same time as the minor to present identification and sign a form consenting to the marriage.

If you are 18 years old or older, you do not need parental consent. But you must provide proof of your age (or simply identification if you’re over age 25) by presenting one of the following:

  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Original birth certificate or a certified copy of your birth certificate;
  • Valid South Carolina identification card issued by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety;
  • Current military identification card;
  • Current passport.

Proxy Marriages:

No. Both parties must be present.

Common Law Marriage:

Yes, and both parties must be at least 16 years of age to marry.

Cousin Marriage:

Yes. First cousin.

Same Sex Marriage:

Yes.

Officiants:

Ministers who are authorized to administer oaths in this state may perform marriages. Ministers must complete the marriage license and give one copy to the parties and the other two must be returned to the county judge of probate who issued it within 15 days after the marriage. Members of the Notary Public can also perform marriages in South Carolina.

Valid:

There is no expiration date for a South Carolina marriage license.
The license can only be used within the State of South Carolina.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Office of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 898-3630

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.

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