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Marriage Licenses and Certificates

FAQ's

Where should I obtain a Georgia marriage license?

Georgia residents who wish to get married in Georgia may obtain a marriage license in any Georgia County. Non-residents must obtain a marriage license in the County in which the marriage ceremony will occur.

The Probate Court has two offices on the first floor of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center located at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046. Marriage license applications are accepted at the Vital Records office located just past the elevators on the judicial side of the building. The office accepts marriage license applications Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

What identification is required when applying for a Georgia marriage license?

At the time the marriage license application is filed, the parties must appear together in the Probate Court and provide the Court with the following:

  1. Proof of age by presenting one of the following: a birth certificate, driver’s license, baptismal certificate, certificate of birth registration, selective service card, court record, passport, immigration papers, alien papers, citizenship papers, armed forces discharge papers, armed forces identification, or hospital admission card;
  2. Affirmative evidence of the most recent divorce by presenting a final, stamped, sealed divorce decree;
  3. Parental consent for applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age must be obtained. Both parents of the underage applicant must appear with certified birth certificates unless the parent that has full legal custody appears. Then, the court must be provided with a valid mailing address of the noncustodial parent so that notification can be mailed;
  4. A signed and dated certificate for those persons claiming to have completed premarital education. Premarital education is not required for marriage; and
  5. Proof of death of a former spouse such as death certificate, obituary, or other documentation.

If the parties present a legal document that is in a language other than English, the Applicant must attach a translation of the document by a certified translator.

Please note: Parties have a legal obligation to provide current, correct, and full legal names on the marriage license application. If the information provided on the marriage license application is not correct, the applicants may have problems with other government agencies, such as Immigration, Social Security, or Driver’s Services, and may incur additional costs and time delays when seeking to have the application for marriage license corrected.

 

How much does it cost to apply for a Georgia marriage license?

The cost of obtaining a marriage license is $56.00 or $16.00 with proof of premarital education.

 

Premarital Counseling Requirements

If a couple has completed premarital counseling they must provide proof via a notarized letter or certificate of completion. The person conducting the counseling may fill in the premarital education certificate available for printing below, or create their own proof of completion. The certificate or letter of completion shall state:

  • Both Marriage applicant's full name.
  • Date course was completed.
  • Number of hours completed (Minimum of 6 hours)
  • Name, title, signature, address and telephone number of the person performing premarital counseling.
  • Certificate must be on letterhead or a notarized certificate of completion form.

Premarital counseling shall be performed by one of the following:

  • A professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter10A of Title 43;
  • A psychiatrist who is licensed as a physician pursuant to Chapter 34 of Title 43;
  • A psychologist who is licensed pursuant to Chapter 39 of Title 32; or
  • An active member of the clergy when in the course of his or her service as clergy or his or her designee, including retired clergy, provided that a designee is trained and skilled in premarital education.

 

Can we get married at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center?

As a service to our citizens, Gwinnett County Probate and Magistrate Courts provide free marriage ceremonies, by appointment only, as set forth below:

Magistrate Court: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Probate Court: Wednesday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment to be married, please click the link below:

Wedding Ceremony Reservation

Appointments are required and scheduled on a first come, first served basis. The ceremonies are short and move rapidly. Given the volume of weddings performed, it may not be possible to accommodate special requests. Only handheld photographic equipment authorized by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department’s Court Security Policy is permitted in the courtroom.

Official Witnesses are not required; however, friends and family are welcome. We ask that you and your party recognize and understand that wedding ceremonies are performed in a busy, working courtroom.

 

When can we get our marriage certificate?

Once the marriage license is signed by the officiant performing the ceremony, the Probate Court will record the license and the marriage certificate is ready for pick-up the next business day.

 

How do I request and obtain a marriage certificate?

Below you will find a Marriage Certificate Request form, which may be filed in person or by mail.

In person: The Probate Court has two offices on the first floor of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center located at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046. Marriage Certificates can be issued at the Vital Records office located just past the elevators on the judicial side of the building.

By mail: You may also request a Georgia marriage certificate by mailing a written request to:

Probate Court
Vital Records Division
75 Langley Drive
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046

You must include your check or money order made payable to Gwinnett County Probate Court and a self-addressed stamped envelope back to yourself.

 

How much is a certified marriage certificate?

The cost of obtaining a marriage certificate is $10.00 per certificate.

The Vital Records Division accepts cash, credit card (Visa, Discover, MasterCard), personal check or money order payable to the Gwinnett County Probate Court. The Probate Court will not accept business or third party checks.

 

Marriage License Application, Marriage Certificate Requests, and Forms

  Marriage Application Packet (MUST COMPLETE WITH THE MARRIAGE APPLICATION FORM)
  Marriage Application Form
  Marriage Certificate / Application Request Form
  Marriage Premarital Ed Cert.
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