Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Tennessee marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date. Requirements may vary as each county in Tennessee could have their own requirements.
Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!
ID and Residency Requirements:
You must also provide your Social Security number. It is a non-negotiable requirement. You must have proof of Social Security. Passports from those who are not US citizens are acceptable.
You do not have to be a resident of Tennessee.
Covenant Marriage Option:
If you complete a premarital preparation course in the year prior to your application date, you will receive a $60.00 discount. You will need to provide a Certificate of Completion.According to Tennessee Statutes 36-6-413-b-2, non-residents in some Tennessee municipalities can receive a $60 discount upon showing the county clerk proof that establishes they are not Tennessee residents. Call the county clerk where you want to get married to see if this discount will be available to you.
Common Law Marriages:
Same Sex Marriages:No.
Under 18:If either party is under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by parents. If under the age of 16, Tennessee law requires that the couple receives a court order before being allowed to marry.
Officiants:Any ordained or licensed clergymen over the age of 18, and justices of the peace, members of county legislative bodies, county executives and former county executives, current and former judges and chancellors of this state, current and former judges of general sessions courts, current and former governors of this state, the county clerk of each county, current and former speakers of the senate and speakers of the house of representatives, and Mayors of municipalities.
Miscellaneous:The marriage license is valid for thirty (30) days.
Tennessee Vital Records
Department of Health
421 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
Telephone: (615) 741-1763
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.
It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.
Please notify us of any oversights or errors.