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Probate Court
Marriage License

Updated April 28, 2021.

The Marriage License Division of the Probate Court is open, however, due to COVID 19, we are limiting visits inside our office to only those persons who are unable to apply for a license online or whose needs cannot otherwise be met via email, regular mail, or ZOOM conference. If you are unable to apply for your marriage license online, please contact us at probatemarriage@greenvillecounty.org or call us at 864-467-7571 or 864-467-7468 to schedule an appointment.

If you would like to drop off documents, please use the drop box located outside the Probate Court Annex which is near the Veteran’s Wall.

Our online marriage license process has recently changed. Please read the instructions below carefully and email us at probatemarriage@greenvillecounty.org or call us at 864-467-7571 or 864-467-7468 if you have questions.

Please note that applications are processed according to the date of your wedding. This means that licenses for weddings scheduled before yours will be processed first. If you need your license quickly, it is your responsibility to make other arrangements and contact us at (864) 467-7571 or (864) 467-7468, or email us at probatemarriage@greenvillecounty.org or erobinson@greenvillecounty.org.

Best Wishes on Your Upcoming Marriage!
Your Wedding Ceremony

Marriage licenses issued anywhere in South Carolina are valid for ceremonies performed anywhere in South Carolina. However, SC marriage licenses are not valid for out of state ceremonies.

Marriage ceremonies are not performed in the Probate Court office. See this webpage for more information on authorized officiants and a list of notaries.

IT IS A MISDEMEANOR FOR YOUR MINISTER, RABBI OR NOTARY TO PRESIDE OVER YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY IF YOUR FIANCE AND YOU DO NOT HAVE A MARRIAGE LICENSE. This means, if the couple has no license, no wedding can be performed.


Plan Ahead to Avoid Spoiling Your Wedding

To avoid a wedding crisis, consider the date of your wedding, our office holiday closing schedule, and our office hours as you plan when to begin the application process.

Due to COVID-19, we are reducing foot traffic in our office by only accepting marriage license applications online unless you have an appointment. To schedule an appointment with our office, please email us at probatemarriage@greenvillecounty.org or call us at 864-467-7571 or 864-467-7468.

A 24 hour waiting period is required by law between the time the application is completed and filed and the time the license is issued.

Example of good planning: If your wedding is on a Saturday or Sunday, the latest you should begin the process is the Tuesday just prior to your wedding. We suggest you begin the process 2 weeks in advance to allow for any unknowns.


Obtaining Your Marriage License Marriage License Worksheet

Step One: The Marriage License Worksheet
Provide the requested information on the Marriage License worksheet. The information you provide is used to prepare your application. At the end of the marriage license worksheet, you will see a payment icon for payment of the marriage license fee online. After you pay your fee, you will see an icon to upload each applicant’s valid government issued photo ID (drivers license, military ID, passport, etc.) and social security cards or other official documents which verify your social security numbers.

After you upload your documents, please review the disclaimer and indicate you have read and understood each item. You may pick up your license in person or receive it by mail. Please check the appropriate box to indicate your choice. It is important that you remember your selection to avoid unnecessary delay in receiving your license.

After you have reviewed the disclaimer and made your selections, the worksheet will be automatically transmitted to our office.


Step Two: The Application
After receiving all of the above, our office will prepare the application and return it to you for your review and signatures.

We will email the application and certification forms to the first person listed on the application form. You may make arrangements with court staff to come into the office to sign the forms. Our office is in Suite 5600 of the Probate Court Annex near the Veterans’ Wall at County Square.

When you receive the application, and certification forms, review it carefully for any mistakes. Then, each of you must sign the application above your respective social security numbers and sign below the Certification section of the application.

Next, return the original application and certification with your original signatures to our office. You may return the application and certification forms by regular mail. Our address is: Greenville County Probate Court, Marriage License Division, 301 University Ridge, Suite 5600, Greenville, SC 29601. Or, you may deliver the application to our "Drop Box" located outside our office doors. Our office is in Suite 5600 of the Probate Court Annex near the Veterans' Wall at County Square.

Please note that applications are processed according to the date of your wedding. This means that licenses for weddings scheduled before yours will be processed first. If you need your license quickly, it is your responsibility to make other arrangements and contact us at (864) 467-7571 or (864) 467-7468, or email us at probatemarriage@greenvillecounty.org or erobinson@greenvillecounty.org.

Please understand that our office cannot control when mail is received by us or by you. If you are pressed for time, you are encouraged to make arrangements with court staff to hand-deliver the application to our office and/or pick up the marriage license from our office.


Step Three: Issuing the License

If everything is in order, our office will issue the license. If you selected in person pick up on the worksheet, one of the applicants must show picture ID to pick up the license Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 P.M., exclusive of holidays. It is not necessary for both applicants to be present to pick up the license.

If you are receiving your license by mail, we will mail the license to Applicant one’s address.


Step Four: Signing and Recording your License
The license itself consists of 3 identical copies, one for the spouses, one for Probate Court and one for S.C. DHEC. When you sign the Marriage License, sign it using the same name you used when you signed the application. Spouses who intend to change their last name after their marriage do not sign the Marriage License using their intended new last name.

The S.C. DHEC and Probate Court copies must be returned to our office within 15 days after your ceremony to properly record your marriage. You will have a return envelope for mailing.

Keep your license in a safe place. You may need it in the future for passports, insurance, or legal proceedings.

Please Read This Entire Webpage Carefully For More Important Information.
Congratulations Again and Thank You For Planning Ahead!


 

Additional Information for Couples Obtaining a SC Marriage License




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