What are the basic steps involved in getting married in Georgia?

First, you must get a marriage license. Once you get a license, you are able to get married by having a ceremony performed by an authorized officiating person.  

After the ceremony, the officiating person will fill out a form so that you can receive a marriage certificate. The marriage certificate is official proof of your marriage.

Where do I get a marriage license?

In Georgia, county probate courts grant marriage licenses to couples. Both parties must appear in person to get a marriage license. You will receive your license the same day you apply for it.

You may apply for a marriage license in any county in Georgia, as long as one or both of the parties to the marriage are residents of the state. Otherwise, you must apply for the marriage license in the county where the ceremony is to be held.

Can my partner and I get married the same day weget our marriage license?

Yes. There is no waiting period in Georgia. This means that the marriage license is immediately valid once it is issued.

After I get a marriage license, how long do we have to get married?

The marriage license remains valid for six months from the date it was issued. If you have not gotten married within six months, you will have to get a new marriage license before you can get married.

What identification will we need to provide the county clerk?

You will need your driver's license, passport or birth certificate. If you have been married before, you must present the court with your divorce decree.

How much does it cost?

Marriage license fees vary by county, and some counties require payment in cash only. Check the fees at your county probate court. https://www.gaprobate.org/find_court.asp

Can the clerk’s office refuse to give us a license because they object to marriages between same-sex couples, once same-sex marriage is legalized in Georgia?

No. Nothing allows a civil servant otherwise required to issue licenses for civil marriages to refuse to do so because of personal beliefs or religious objections. As government officials, they may not treat one group of applicants differently from another group solely because of personal religious objections. If you encounter a clerk’s office that refuses to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples, please contact the ACLU of Georgia at info@acluga.org.

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