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Marriage Licenses

Marriage Licenses

Probate Court licensing hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (please arrive no later than 4 p.m.)

Obtaining a Marriage License in Cobb County

Any Georgia resident may apply for a license in any county in Georgia. However, if neither applicant is a resident of Georgia, you may only obtain your license in the county where the ceremony is performed. The license does not have an expiration date.

Both parties must be present in order to obtain a marriage license. Pre-marital blood test results are no longer required in the State of Georgia.

Identification: You must have proof of age by presenting one of the following:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate
  • Valid passport
  • Valid military ID

The marriage license fee is $56.00 (cash/credit/debit) or $16 (cash/credit/debit) only if you provide to the court a Certificate of Completion for a Qualified Premarital Education Program with at least six hours of instruction involving marital issues. The premarital education must be completed within 12 months prior to the application for a marriage license and the couple must undergo the education together. Please call (770) 528-1931 for more information concerning the Certificate of Completion.

There will be a $2.50 service fee assessed to any credit/debit card transaction. This service fee goes directly to LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc.; Probate Court’s payment processing vendor.

All fees are non-refundable. If you have any further questions, please call (770) 528-1931.

If either party has been divorced within the past 90 days, please be prepared to present a copy of the final divorce decree.

After the license has been recorded and placed in the permanent files, you may obtain a certified copy.

Applicants under 18 Years of Age

As of July 1, 2019: You must be at least 17 years of age to obtain a marriage license in Georgia. If you are 17 years of age when applying for a marriage license, you must show that you have been emancipated for not less than 15 days, and present a certificate of completion of separate specialized premarital counseling for each applicant, even if one applicant is over 18.

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Both parties must be present in order to obtain a marriage license. Pre-marital blood test results are no longer required in the State of Georgia.

Obtaining Certified Copies of Your Marriage License or Marriage Certificate

To receive a certified copy of a marriage license issued in Cobb County:

Order certified copies online

  • You have the option of ordering a certified copy of your marriage license and/or a certified copy of your marriage application.
  • Typically, you only need a certified copy of your application when it is specifically requested by an agency or when either party has decided to hyphenate their last name. Most people request a certified copy of their marriage license only.
  • If the date of marriage is prior to May 1973, marriage records cannot be ordered online.

You may come in person to the Probate Court, or  mail a written request to:

Cobb County Probate Court
32 Waddell Street
Marietta, Georgia 30060

Your correspondence should include the names of both parties and the date of the ceremony. You will need to provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request.

The fee is $10 per copy payable by check, money order, cash, credit or debit card. All fees are non-refundable. Please note, there will be a $2.50 service fee assessed to any credit/debit card transaction. This service fee goes directly to LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc.; Probate Court’s payment processing vendor.

Wedding Ceremony Information

Wedding ceremonies can be by private ceremony that is arranged by parties. For information on who may perform ceremonies, please see O.C.G.A. §19-3-30(c). The Probate Court does not perform wedding ceremonies.

Wedding ceremonies are also performed at the Magistrate Court daily. Parties wishing to be married by the Magistrate Court should refer to the Magistrate Court website or at (770) 528-8900.

Request certified copies of your marriage license or marriage certificate online