Monday, June 11, 2012

Marriage License

Stressing out about all the details involved in planning your wedding? Here is one easy way to check one off the "to do" list. Getting your marriage license can be confusing, however it is a simple task that can be done in one day. Here are the guidelines and information you will need to obtain your marriage license.

Give yourself time. Although the application process does not take long, there is a 24 hour waiting period after the wedding application is made before the license can be picked up. Plan to give yourself sometime before the wedding to have all your information together and fill out the application in plenty of time before the wedding. Two weeks prior is usually enough.

Judaical Center is located at 100 Broad street. Just before you get to the Cathedral of St. John The Baptist.

Requirements for  Marriage License in South Carolina

  1.  Bride and groom must fill out written application together, in person. This application must contain the following:
    • "Both persons seeing the contract of matrimony are legally entitled to marry together with the full name of the persons, their ages and places of residence." This is a sworn statement that must be signed by both parties. It must also be notarized in the office of the Probate Judge,  where the license if being issued.
  2. Applicants between the ages of 18 and 25 must present one piece of identification. Identification may be ONE of the following:
    • Valid drivers license
    • Original birth certificate or a certified copy of the birth certificate.
    • A valid S.C. identification card issued by the S.C. Highway Department
    • Current military identification card
    • A current passport. 
  3. NO blood test is required.
  4. NO residency requirements
  5. There is a $70.00 dollars CASH fee for filling out the application.
  6. A South Carolina marriage license is valid only for marriages performed n South Carolina.
  7. "Only ministers of Gospel or accepted Jewish rabbis are authorized to administer a marriage ceremony in South Carolina."

Contact information:
Hours: Monday -Friday
            8:30-4:30 p.m.
Judicial Center
100 Broad Street, Suit 469
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 958-5183 Fax: (843) 958-5191
Information: (843) 958-5182

To obtain the form for certified copy of marriage license and to see more of all information included in this blog, visit the Charleston County, Marriage License department online at:

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