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Here's what you'll need to know and what documents you will need before applying for a marriage license application in the state of Tennessee. It's recommended that the legal matters of your wedding be addressed a couple of months before the wedding.

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Marriage License in Tennessee

Before a marriage can occur in Tennessee, a license must be obtained from a County Clerk.

Marriage license requirements are specific to each applicant's age. Please refer to the following guidelines:

18 Years of Age or Older:

ID Requirements:

Proof of Social Security Number (Social Security Card or Driver License containing SSN)

Plus - one of the following:

Identification guidelines for Legal Aliens who do not have a social security number:

  1. Each with valid expiration dates:
    Passport and American Visa, or;

  2. Resident Alien Card

Please contact your county for specific fees.

You must know the following:

Common law marriage is not allowed in the state and this is also the case with same sex marriages too. First cousin marriages are allowed. According to the state regulations, cousins are lateral relations and thus there is no problem in them engaging in wedlock. In Tennessee, it is the lineal relations that are prohibited.

A marriage license is valid for 30 days after issuance and may be executed outside of Tennessee. However, it must be returned to the issuing Clerk for recording and filing with the Tennessee Vital Records Office.

Marriage License Fees:


16 or 17 Years of Age:

Identification guidelines for Legal Aliens:

  1. Each with valid expiration dates:
    Passport and American Visa, or;

  2. Resident Alien Card

An underage application, which includes a three-day waiting period, is required unless waived by a Court of Record or the County Mayor.

The waiting period is automatically waived if both parents of underage parties join in making the application.

Name Change:

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.

ID Requirements:

You must know the following:

A marriage license is valid for 30 days after issuance and may be executed outside of Tennessee. However, it must be returned to the issuing Clerk for recording and filing with the Tennessee Vital Records Office.


15 Years of Age or Younger

Identification guidelines for Legal Aliens:

  1. Each with valid expiration dates: Passport and American Visa, or;
  2. Resident Alien Card

An underage application, which includes a three-day waiting period, is required unless waived by a Court of Record or the County Mayor.

The waiting period is automatically waived if both parents of underage parties join in making the application.

ID Requirements:

You must know the following:

A marriage license is valid for 30 days after issuance and may be executed outside of Tennessee. However, it must be returned to the issuing Clerk for recording and filing with the Tennessee Vital Records Office.

Officiants:

Ministers of the Gospel, Rabbis, Christian Science practitioners, and various civil officials are authorized by law to solemnize a marriage. Ministers must endorse the marriage license and return it to the clerk of the county court within three days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Tennessee.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

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

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.

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

County Clerk's Office

Anderson County Clerk
Clinton, TN
865. 457. 5400


Bedford County Clerk
Shelbyville, TN
931. 684. 1921


Benton County Clerk
Camden, TN
901. 584. 6053


Bledsoe County Clerk
Pikeville, TN
865. 447. 2137


Blount County Clerk
Maryville, TN
865. 273. 5800


Bradley County Clerk
Cleveland, TN
865. 476. 0520


Campbell County Clerk
Jacksboro, TN
865. 562. 3496


Cannon County Clerk
Woodbury, TN
615. 563. 4278


Carroll County Clerk
Huntingdon, TN
901. 986. 1960


Carter County Clerk
Elizabethton, TN
865. 542. 1814


Cheatham County Clerk
Ashland City, TN
615. 792. 5179


Chester County Clerk
Henderson, TN
901. 989. 2233


Claiborne County Clerk
Tazewell, TN
865. 626. 3283


Clay County Clerk
Celina, TN
931. 243. 2249


Cocke County Clerk
Newport, TN
865. 623. 6176


Coffee County Clerk
Manchester, TN
931. 723. 5106


Crockett County Clerk
Alamo, TN
901. 696. 5452


Cumberland County Clerk
Crossville, TN
931. 484. 6442


Davidson County Clerk
Nashville, TN
615. 862. 6256


De Kalb County Clerk
Smithville, TN
615. 597. 5177


Decatur County Clerk
Decaturville, TN
731. 865. 6022


Dickson County Clerk
Charlotte, TN
615. 789. 4171


Dyer County Clerk
Dyersburg, TN
901. 286. 7814


Fayette County Clerk
Somerville, TN
901. 465. 5213


Franklin County Clerk
Winchester, TN
931. 967. 2541


Gibson County Clerk
Trenton, TN
901. 855. 7642


Giles County Clerk
Pulaski, TN
931. 363. 1509


Grainger County Clerk
Rutledge, TN
865. 828. 3511


Greene County Clerk
Greenville, TN
865. 638. 4841


Grundy County Clerk
Altamont, TN
931. 692. 3622


Hamblen County Clerk
Morristown, TN
865. 586. 1993


Hamilton County Clerk
Chattanooga, TN
423.209.6500


Harderman County Clerk
Bolivar, TN
901. 658. 3541


Hardin County Clerk
Savannah, TN
901. 925. 3583


Hawkins County Clerk
Rogersville, TN
865. 272. 7002


Haywood County Clerk
Brownsville, TN
901. 772. 2362


Henderson County Clerk
Lexington, TN
901. 968. 2856


Henry County Clerk
Paris, TN
901. 642. 2412


Hickman County Clerk
Centerville, TN
931. 729. 2621


Houston County Clerk
Erin, TN
931. 289. 3141


Humphreys County Clerk
Waverly, TN
931. 296. 7671


Jefferson County Clerk
Danridge, TN
865. 397. 2935


Knox County Clerk
Knoxville, TN
865. 215. 2392


Lake County Clerk
Tipponville, TN
901. 253. 7462


Lauderdale County Clerk
Ripley, TN
901. 635. 2561


Lawrence County Clerk
Lawrenceburg, TN
931. 766. 4176


 
Lewis County Clerk
Hohenwald, TN
931. 796. 2200


Lincoln County Clerk
Fayetteville, TN
931. 433. 2454


Loudon County Clerk
Loudon, TN
865. 458. 3314


Macon County Clerk
Lafayette, TN
615. 666. 2333


Madison County Clerk
Jackson, TN
901. 865. 6022


Marion County Clerk
Jasper, TN
865. 942. 2515


Marshall County Clerk
Lewisburg, TN
931. 359. 1072


Maury County Clerk
Columbia, TN
931. 381. 3690


Mcminn County Clerk
Athens, TN
865. 745. 4440


Mcnairy County Clerk
Selmer, TN
901. 645. 3511


Monroe County Clerk
Madisonville, TN
865. 442. 2220


Montgomery County Clerk
Clarksville, TN
931. 648. 5712


Moore County Clerk
Lynchburg, TN
931. 759. 7346


Obion County Clerk
Union City, TN
901. 885. 3831


Overton County Clerk
Livingston, TN
931. 823. 2631


Perry County Clerk
Linden, TN
931. 589. 2219


Polk County Clerk
Benton, TN
865. 338. 4526


Putnam County Clerk
Cookeville, TN
931. 526. 7106


Rhea County Clerk
Dayton, TN
865. 775. 7808


Roane County Clerk
Kingston, TN
865. 376. 5556


Robertson County Clerk
Springfield, TN
615. 384. 5895


Rutherford County Clerk
Murfreesboro, TN
615. 898. 7800


Scott County Clerk
Huntsville, TN
865. 663. 2588


Sequatchie County Clerk
Dunlap, TN
865. 949. 2522


Sevier County Clerk
Sevierville, TN
865. 453. 5502


Shelby County Clerk
Memphis, TN
901. 576. 4366


Smith County Clerk
Carthage, TN
615. 735. 9833


Stewart County Clerk
Dover, TN
931. 232. 7616


Sullivan County Clerk
Blountville, TN
865. 323. 6428


Sumner County Clerk
Gallatin, TN
615. 452. 4063


Tipton County Clerk
Covington, TN
901. 476. 0207


Tousdale County Clerk
Hartsville, TN
615. 374. 2906


Unicoi County Clerk
Erwin, TN
865. 743. 3381


Warren County Clerk
McMinnville, TN
931. 473. 2623


Washington County Clerk
Jonesborough, TN
865. 753. 1621


Wayne County Clerk
Waynesboro, TN
931. 722. 5544


Weakley Count Clerk
Dresden, TN
901. 364. 2285


Williamson County Clerk
Franklin, TN
615. 790. 5712


Wilson County Clerk
Lebanon, TN
615. 444. 0314








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