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How to Get Married in Tennessee

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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!

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ID and Residency Requirements:

You will need a valid driver's license or certified birth certificate or valid passport to get married in Tennessee.

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.

Previous Marriages:

You will need to show a copy of your divorce decree.

Covenant Marriage Option:

No.

Waiting Period:

None.

Fees:

Cash only in some counties, and some may accept debit cards. The fee for a marriage license varies from $93.50 - $99.50.

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.

Other Tests:

No blood test required.

Proxy Marriages:

No. However, if an individual is incarcerated or has a "disability that prevents the applicant from appearing", a notarized statement that contains the "person's name, age, current address and the names and address of the parents, guardian or next of kin" may be accepted by the county clerk.

Cousin Marriages:

Yes. A marriage to a first cousin is allowed.

Common Law Marriages:

No.

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.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:


Tennessee Vital Records
Department of Health
421 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
Telephone: (615) 741-1763

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