(Closed) Marriage License

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

You must have a license for the state you wish to marry in. A license from FLorida will do you no good in Vegas. In Florida, unless you have had premarital counseling that meets the standards of the county issuing the license, there is a 3 day wiating period from application to the license being valid, so you must get your license at least three days in advance. It is good for 60 days. After that, you have to apply for and pay for a new one, and they run about $100 if I remember correctly (if you haven’t had counseling).

Post # 4
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Miss Pez:  On top of having to get a license for the state you will get married in, the rules vary between states. Here, you have a 24 hour waiting period from the time you apply and it never expires. Other states have rules with no waiting period and the license expires after 3 months. It just depends.

Post # 5
1438 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

In GA you dont have a waiting period you can do it the same day, and it expires after 30 days. atleast ours did. you can get your licenses in any county, as long as you get married in that state you are fine. 

Post # 6
780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

There is no expiration date in Georgia



There is no residency requirement in Georgia, but if you are not a resident then you will have to obtain your Georgia marriage license from the county in which you are going to marry.

Waiting Period

There is no waiting period in Georgia. Once the County Clerk’s Office has issued you your marriage license you may marry immediately afterwards.

Length Marriage License is Valid

Unlike most states, once a Georgia marriage license is issued it will not expire.

Premarital Counseling

Though it is not officially required, premarital counseling is official endorsed by the state of Georgia. If you choose to get pre-marriage counseling then you will receive a discount of the marriage license. See “Fees and Taxes” above. Also, the premarital education must be completed within 12 months prior to the application for a marriage license and the couple must undergo the education together.

Each state has its own requirements

Post # 7
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Each state is different, so you need to decide where and when and then act accordingly.  We were married in Maine.  There was no waiting period, and the license was valid for 90 days.

Post # 8
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mrsrigsby60:  Thanks for this.. im thinking about getting mine with my wedding 4 months away. Ill do it now since it wouldnt expire. Thanks

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