Alabama Marriage License Requirements

Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.

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.

IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant 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.

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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.

 

IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any plans.

Alabama County Clerk's Office

Autauga County Probate
Prattville, AL
334. 361. 3731
Baldwin County Court
Minette, AL
334. 928. 2785
Barbour County Court
Clayton, AL
334. 775. 8371
Bibb County Court
Centreville, AL
205. 926. 3104
Blount County Clerk
Oneonta, AL
205. 625. 4191
Bullock County Court
Union Springs, AL
334. 738. 2250
Butler County Court
Greenville, AL
334.382.3512
Calhoun County Court
Anniston, AL
256. 236. 8231
Chambers County Court
Lafayette, AL
334. 642. 5348
Cherokee County Court
Centre, AL
256. 927. 3363
Chilton County Probate
Clanton, AL
205. 755. 1555
Choctaw County Court
Butler, AL
205. 459. 2417
Clarke Probate Court
Grove Hill, AL
334. 75. 3251
Clay County Court
Ashland, AL
256. 354. 2198
Cleburne County Court
Heflin, AL
205. 463. 5655
Coffee-A County Probate
Elba, AL
334. 897. 2211
Coffee County Probate
Enterprise, AL
334. 347. 2688
Colbert County Clerk
Tuscumbia, AL
256. 386. 8542
Conecuh Probate Office
Evergreen, AL
334. 548. 2365
Coosa County Probate
Rockford, AL
256. 377. 4919
Covington County Probate
Andalusia, AL
334. 222. 3189
Crenshaw County Probate
Luverne, AL
334. 335. 6568
Cullman County Court
Cullman, AL
501. 965. 2129
Dale County Probate
Ozark, AL
334. 774. 2754
Dallas Probate Office
Selma, AL
334. 874. 2516
De Kalb County Court
Fort Payne, AL
256. 845. 8510
Elmore County Court
Wetumpka, AL
334. 567. 1138
Escambia County Court
Brewton, AL
334. 867. 0263
Etowah County Court
Gadsden, AL
256. 549. 5334
Fayette County Probate
Fayette, AL
205. 932. 5916
Franklin County Probate
Russellville, AL
256. 332. 8801
Geneva County Probate
Geneva, AL
334. 684. 2276
Greene County Probate
Eutaw, AL
205. 372. 3340
Hale County Probate
Greensboro, AL
334. 624. 7391
Henry County Probate
Abbeville, AL
334. 585. 3257
Houston County Probate
Dothan, AL
334. 677. 4719
Jackson County Probate
Scottsboro, AL
256. 574. 9290
Jefferson-Bes Probate
Bessemer, AL 32700
205. 481. 4100
Jefferson-Bir Probate
Birmingham, AL 35203
205. 325. 5420
Lamar County Court
Vernon, AL
205. 695. 9119
Lauderdale County Court
Florence, AL
256. 760. 5800
Lawrence County Court
Moulton, AL
256. 974. 2439
Lee County Court
Opelika, AL
334. 745. 9761
Limestone County Court
Athens, AL
256. 233. 6427
Lowndes County Court
Hayneville, AL
334. 548. 2365
Macon County Court
Tuskegee, AL
334. 724. 2611
Madison County Court
Huntsville, AL
256. 532. 3330
Marengo County Court
Linden, AL
334. 295. 2210
Marion County Court
Hamilton, AL
205. 921. 2471
Marshall County Court
Guntersville, AL
256. 571. 7764
Mobile County Court
Mobile, AL
334. 937. 9561
Monroe County Court
Monroeville, AL
334. 743. 4107
Montgomery County Court
Montgomery, AL
334. 832. 1304
Morgan County Court
Decatur, AL
256. 351. 4675
Perry County Court
Marion, AL
334. 683. 2210
Pickens County Court
Carrollton, AL
205. 367. 2010
Pike County Court
Troy, AL
334. 566. 1246
Randolph County Court
Wedowee, AL
256. 357. 4933
Russell County Court
Pheonix City, AL
334. 298. 0509
Shelby County Court
Columbiana, AL
205. 669. 3710
St. Clair County Court
Ashville, AL
205. 338. 9449
Sumter County Court
Livingston, AL
205. 652. 7281
Talladega County Probate
Talladega, AL
256. 245. 2900
Tallapoosa County Court
Dadeville, AL
256. 825. 4266
Tuscaloosa County Court
Tuscaloosa, AL
205. 349. 3870
Walker County Court
Jasper, AL
205. 384. 7281
Washington County Court
Chatom, AL
334. 847. 2201
Wilcox County Court
Camden, AL
334. 682. 4883
Winston County Court
Double Springs, AL
205. 489. 5219