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The legal age to marry in Alabama is 18. However, if you are 16 to 17, you may obtain a license if both parents are present with valid identification and they consent in writing. You must also present a copy of your birth certificate certified by the State or County. A non-certified hospital birth record will be insufficient. If you are 18 or older, acceptable forms of identification include a valid driver license, or state issued non-driver ID card, or a copy of your birth certificate certified by the State or County.

If the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, then a valid visa, passport or alien resident verification must be presented. The supporting document must be issued by the U.S. government (visa, Resident Alien card, etc.) - not a foreign document.

If you have been divorced, please note that you may not apply for a license within 60 days after your divorce was granted unless you are remarrying your most recent former spouse. If divorced for less than six (6) months, you must present a certified copy of your divorce decree at the time of application.

A marriage license is valid in Alabama for 30 days from the date it is issued. A premarital blood test is no longer required in Alabama and there is no required waiting period after the license is purchased.  The licensing process takes about 15 minutes. The prospective Bride and Groom must be present to obtain a marriage license. The following fees apply:

License only (for example, marrying in a church, a private home, etc.):  $40.00

Marrying in office (includes license, ceremony, and certificates):  $61.00

All fees must be paid in cash. (Credit/debit cards or personal checks are not accepted.)

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