Tenn. Marriage License Information

Marriage license Laws in the state of Tennessee, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Tennessee marriage laws before filling out the Tennessee marriage license form.

In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, but you'll need to apply for the certificate together, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Valid Driver's License or Certified Birth Certificate or Valid Passport.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Tennessee.

If previously married: A copy of Divorce Decree.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Fees: $100 unless you receive 4 hours of marriage counseling. If your county approves your counselour and your completed session, you will be given a $60 discount. If your session is not approved by either the counselor or county, you must pay $100 instead of $40.

Waiting Period: No waiting period. 3 Days if either applicant is under 18.

Blood Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: If either party is under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by parents.

•  If under the age of 16, Tennessee law requires that the couple receives a court order before being allowed to marry.

Proxy Marriages: No. Both parties must be present.

Common Law Marriage: No.

Cousin Marriage: Yes. First cousin marriage is allowed. All consanguineous prohibitions in Tennessee refer to lineal relations. Cousins are lateral relations and are therefore not prohibited.

Same Sex Marriage: No.

Officiants: All regular ministers of the gospel of every denomination, and Jewish rabbis, more than 18 years of age, having the care of souls may perform marriages. 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.

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.

 

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
Mariville, TN
865. 982. 4391
 
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
 
Decatur County Clerk
Decaturville, TN
731. 865. 6022
 
De Kalb County Clerk
Smithville, TN
615. 597. 5177
 
Dickson County Clerk
Charlotte, TN
615. 789. 4171
 
Dyer County Clerk
Dyersburg, TN
901. 286. 7814
 
Fayette County Clerk
Somerville, TN
901. 465. 5213
 
Fentress County County Clerk
Jamestown, TN 38556
931. 879. 8014
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
865. 209. 6500
Hancock County County Clerk
Sneedville, TN 37869
423. 733. 2519
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
 
Jackson County County Clerk
Gainesboro, TN 38562
931. 268. 9212
 
Jefferson County Clerk
Danridge, TN
865. 397. 2935
 
Johnson County County Clerk
Mountain City, TN 37683
423. 727. 9633
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
Megis County Clerk
Decator, TN
423. 334. 5747
Monroe County Clerk
Madisonville, TN
865. 442. 2220
 
Montgomery County Clerk
Clarksville, TN
931. 648. 5712
 
Moore County Clerk
Lynchburg, TN
931. 759. 7346
 
Morgan County County Clerk
Wartburg, TN 37887
423. 346. 6288
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
Pickett County County Clerk
Byrdstown, TN 38549
931. 864 .3879
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
Union County Clerk
Maynardville, TN 37807
865. 992 .8043
Unicoi County Clerk
Erwin, TN
865. 743. 3381
Van Buren County County Clerk
Spencer, TN 38585
931. 946. 2121
 
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
 
White County County Clerk
Sparta, TN 38583
931-836-3712
Wilson County Clerk
Lebanon, TN
615. 444. 0314