To get married in Tennessee you must obtain a marriage license, which will give an
officiant* permission to perform your ceremony.
*The State of Tennessee does not recognize on-line ordinations such as Universal Life
Church. So unless you know your officiant or minister personally ask them for their
credentials and identification for your review before they perform your ceremony.
You do not have to be a resident of Tennessee but both parties must appear and you
both will need the following:
1. Proof of Social Security Number (Social Security Card or Driver License
2. State certified birth certificate (age 18-21), Driver License or State Issued ID.
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
You must know or have the following:
Parents full name (including maiden name of mother)
Parents state of birth and address (if living)
Applicant's number of prior marriages
Date last marriage ended. For recent divorces, your divorce decree.
There are no waiting periods or blood tests. You can get married the same day your
license is issued. It is valid for 30 days and costs vary from $90.00 to $99.50
depending on the county.
From age 16 to 17 - You must have both parents accompany you, sign the approval
affidavit and you must bring your birth certificates. There is a three day waiting period.
If either party is under the age of 16, a waiver must be issued from Juvenile Court prior
to the issuance of the license.
You may obtain your license Monday thru Friday at the following locations in our area.
The cost is $97.50. Offices are closed on some holidays.
Shelby County Clerk Offices
Downtown - 150 Washington, Memphis (8:00am to 4:15pm)
East - 1075 Mullins Station Road, Memphis (9:30am to 5:15pm)
North - 4836 Navy Rd., Millington, TN (8:00am to 4:15pm)
Tipton County Clerk Office (901) 476-0207
220 Highway 51 North, Suite 2, Covington, TN
Document requirements are the same as Tennessee except that applicants 18-21 need
one parent to sign. As of July 1, 2012, a blood test and waiting period is no longer
required. You do not have to be a resident of Mississippi. The cost of a Mississippi
marriage license is $21.00 and may be obtained at any MS Circuit Clerk's office
including the following. If you are planning on using your license in TN, consult the
issuing MS Clerk's office.
Desoto County Circuit Clerk (662) 469-8350
2535 Highway 51 South, Room 202
Hernando, MS 38632
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