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In order to get married in the State of Alabama, couples must apply in person and present identification to obtain a marriage license application.
Requirements may vary as each county in Alabama could have their own set of rules.
Alabama marriage license fees typically range between $40 and $80.
You may purchase your license in any county in Alabama, it is not required that you buy it in the county where you are to be married.
It is important that you verify all information with your local County Probate office before making a trip to purchase your marriage license.
ID Requirement in Alabama:
If you are 19 or older, to obtain a marriage license in Alabama you must bring one of the following forms of identification plus your Social Security card:
A valid driver’s license
A copy of your birth certificate certified by the State or County
A military identification
A certified school record
If you have been divorced, please be prepared to tell us when. You may not apply for a license within 60 days after your divorce was granted unless you are remarrying your former spouse.
You do not have to be a resident of Alabama.
Waiting Period in Alabama:
There is no waiting period in Alabama except after being divorced. Then there is a 60 day waiting period after your divorce is final.
Non-residents who want to be married by a county marriage official may have to wait three days. Please contact the County Probate office to verify whether or not you will have a waiting period.
Previous Marriages: Search Divorce Records
If you were divorced within the last 6 months of your wedding date, you will need to show a copy of your Divorce Decree. According to Section 30-2-10 of the Alabama Code, there is a sixty (60) day restriction on getting married after a divorce.
Marriage License Fee Alabama:
The fee for a marriage license typically range between $40 and $80. Preferred method of payment is cash.
Blood test in Alabama:
No. A premarital blood test is no longer required in Alabama.
Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.
Minor parties 16 to 17 years old must call the Probate Office for detailed information on what will be required to obtain a marriage license.
Minor parties aged 16-18 must provide a certified copy of their birth certificate and be accompanied by both parents. Both parents must provide a photo I.D. If one or both parents are deceased, proper evidence of such must be provided.
No. Proxy marriage is not permitted in Alabama, so no other party may apply on behalf of either spouse.
Commom Law Marriages:
Yes. A valid common law marriage exists in AL when there is capacity to enter into a marriage, present agreement or consent to be husband and wife, public recognition of the existence of the marriage, and consummation.
License Validity Time:
Marriage licenses are valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. You must get married within thirty days.
Alabama Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
434 Monroe St.
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-3017
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. For more information regarding Alabama marriage license laws and records please visit Etowah County website.