Marriage License Checklist
Download Marriage License Application
Marriage Licenses are issued Monday through Friday
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the
Probate Judge located on the second floor of the Limestone County
Clinton Street Courthouse Annex, 100 South Clinton Street, Suite D,
Athens, Alabama 35611. The issuing process takes approximately 20
minutes. You can expedite the issuing process by printing the
Application above and submitting your completed Application upon arrival
in our office.
The cost to obtain a Marriage License is $40.00 payable by cash,
personal check, money order or bank cashier’s check (payee: Limestone
County Probate Judge). Debit cards and credit cards are not accepted.
In Alabama, the legal age to marry without parental consent is 18 years.
Persons aged 16 years or 17 years may obtain a Marriage License if both
parents are present and consent in writing. (See additional information
below regarding parental consent)
Both applicants must be present at the same time and provide proper
valid identification. In order to be valid the identification cannot be
If an applicant is 18 years of age or older, proper valid identification
is an official government-issued picture identification that provides
sufficient proof that the applicant is who the applicant represents he
or she is. Proper valid identification includes, but is not limited to
the following: driver’s license, passport, military ID, original
certified copy of state issued birth certificate, other state issued ID,
U.S. Government issued ID (including Permanent Resident Card or
Employment Authorization Card), or other identification issued by a
state of the United States, by a foreign country or state, or by an
agency or a subdivision of a state of the United State or of a foreign
country or state.
If an applicant is 16 or 17 years of age and has not had a former
spouse, at least one parent must be a legal resident of Limestone County
(proof of residency is required). After residency is established, both
parents and the applicant must provide proper valid identification as
stated above, as well as a state certified copy of the applicant’s birth
certificate. A hospital certificate of the applicant’s birth is not
acceptable. Both parents must execute a written consent prepared by a
clerk in the Probate Court using the information provided by the parents
and applicant. Both parents must also execute a bond prepared by a clerk
in the Probate Court in the sum of $200.00 payable to the State of
Alabama with condition to be void if there is no lawful cause why such
marriage should not be celebrated. If one of the parents is deceased, a
state certified copy of the death certificate is required. If the
parents are divorced and one parent has full/sole legal custody of the
minor, that parent must provide a court certified copy of the custody
order signed by a judge. If the parents have joint legal custody of the
minor, both parents are required to consent.
Regardless of age, each applicant must provide valid proof of his/her
Social Security Number. If the applicant does not have a Social Security
Number the applicant can either submit a sworn affidavit (provided by a
clerk in the Probate Court) to the fact that he/she has never been
issued a Social Security Number or a current letter from the Social
Security Administration documenting that the applicant was never issued
a Social Security Number.
If an applicant is divorced, the applicant cannot remarry within 60 days
of the date the divorce was final, unless the applicant remarries
his/her most recent spouse. The Application requires the year an
applicant’s divorce was final. If an applicant divorced within the last
six (6) months, the applicant must provide a court-certified copy (with
seal) of the divorce decree.
A Marriage License is valid for 30 days from the date it is issued. The
license is only valid for marriages performed in the State of Alabama.
Section 30-1-7 of the Code of Alabama (1975, as amended) provides the
persons authorized to solemnize marriages in Alabama. No one in our
office performs marriage ceremonies.
Do not hesitate to call the Probate Office (256-233-6427) if you have
Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.