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Marriage Licenses for Richland County

The Richland County Probate Court is working to assist South Carolina couples who are getting married during the pandemic. We have implemented a new online system to allow us to process your Marriage License Application without you having to appear in person. As this is NEW, there will be reasons for patience.

REQUIREMENTS

You Cannot Apply If:
  • YOU WERE LEGALLY MARRIED PREVIOUSLY AND YOU HAVE NOT DISSOLVED THAT MARRIAGE WITH A FINAL DIVORCE ORDER SIGNED BY A JUDGE AND CLOCKED IN WITH THE CLERK OF COURT. (Please be in possession of the Order)
  • YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED YOURSELF AS BEING IN A COMMON-LAW MARRIAGE AND HAVE NOT DISSOLVED THAT COMMON-LAW MARRIAGE WITH A FINAL DIVORCE ORDER SIGNED BY A JUDGE AND CLOCKED IN WITH THE CLERK OF COURT (Please be in possession of the Order)
  • YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD - this can only be done in person because of parental agreement requirements and in person is not available at this time

You can only use a South Carolina marriage license to marry in South Carolina. You can apply in any County in this State to use anywhere in this State.

24 Hour Waiting Period - There is, by State Law, a twenty-four (24) hour waiting period after the Application is filed before the license can be released. Once that period has elapsed, your Marriage License will be mailed to you. We will mail to the address for Party A on your application.

UPLOADS
Each Applicant must upload an Official Picture Identification and an official document containing your Social Security Number.

Picture Identification - Picture Identification may be one of the following:
  • Valid State Issued Driver's License
  • Valid State Issued Identification Card
  • Valid Military Identification Card
  • Valid Passport
*If you are not a United States Citizen, we must receive your Valid Passport and current VISA, with your Alien Registration Number.

Social Security Number
Social Security Number may be one of the following:
  • Social Security Card
  • Tax Return (page 1) showing your name and your Social Security Number
  • W-2 or Tax Form showing your name and your Social Security Number (you may redact financial information)
*If you are not a United States Citizen, we must receive your Valid Passport and current VISA, with your Alien Registration Number.

Names and Spelling We are required to issue your license using your name EXACTLY as it is on the uploaded Picture Identification. MAKE SURE YOUR PICTURE IDENTIFICATION IS CORRECT BEFORE YOU APPLY. A fee is charged to correct the Marriage License and we can only correct it if you have corrected your picture identification.

FEE
The fee is $45.24. You will pay online using a debit or credit card by clicking the "Pay Now" button that appears at the bottom of the application.

WHO CAN MARRY YOU
Ministers of the Gospel
Jewish Rabbis
Officers authorized to administer oaths in this State
SC Notary Publics

AFTER YOU ARE MARRIED
After you are married, you are responsible for returning the signed copies labeled PROBATE JUDGE and PROBATE JUDGE/DHEC COPY to the Richland County Probate Court for filing to Richland County Probate Court, Attention Marriage License Division, PO Box 192, Columbia, SC 29202. You will keep the BRIDE/GROOM/SPOUSE COPY for your records. Your marriage will not be recorded until you return your documents but you are married at the point you sign your license.

CERTIFIED COPY TO CHANGE YOUR NAME OR DOCUMENT YOUR STATUS
If you need a certified copy of your Marriage License, use the link Marriage License Inquiry to search your name and order your certified copy. If you have opted-out of the public index, this process will not be available to you.

To obtain a certified copy of your Marriage License, go to the website SC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL - VITAL RECORDS. They are located at 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION ON YOUR APPLICATION OR PROVIDING FALSE DOCUMENTS IN YOUR UPLOAD IS PUNISHABLE UNDER SC LAW.

By pressing submit to this Application, you are both swearing your oath as you would in a court of law that:
  1. You are both over the age of 18
  2. You are both legally single and therefore have the status to be allowed to be married
  3. All of the information on your Application is accurate and truthful
  4. All of the documents you have uploaded are accurate and truthful