What You Will Need To Do To Get Married

 

  • Both the prospective Bride and Groom must apply at the same time at a South Carolina County Courthouse (Probate Court).  Courthouses are usually open from 8:30 PM until 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

  • There is a 24-hour waiting period before the license can be picked up.

  • The license fee, which varies according to location, is collected when you apply for the license.  The Courthouse accepts CASH only -- no checks or credit cards.

  • In South Carolina, no blood test or physical is required.

  • While proof of divorce is generally not required, we recommend bringing such proof with you when applying for the marriage license. 

  • A driver's license and social security number are generally all that is needed. 

  • You do not need to be a resident of South Carolina or the United States to marry in South Carolina, except in Myrtle Beach, which will not issue a marriage license to foreign nationals. 

  • South Carolina marriage licenses do not expire.

  • You may obtain your license from any SC courthouse and use it in any other county within the state.

  • South Carolina does not require a witness to the marriage.  All that is needed are the Bride, the Groom and their Officiant.

  • Name changes are not automatic once the bride says "I do."  Some time after your Officiant files the completed marriage license with the Probate Court, the bride will need to go to the Social Security office to apply for a name change if that is what she desires.  Of course, there is no requirement to change your name;  if the bride decides that she does not want to change her name, she need do nothing.  Her maiden name will remain until she takes these steps with the Social Security office.  There is also no time limit in which to make the name change.

  • If you are under 18 years of age, special rules apply.  Contact the Probate Court for further information.

IMPORTANT 

YOU MUST BRING YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE TO THE WEDDING AND GIVE IT TO YOUR OFFICIANT PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY. WE CANNOT PERFORM THE CEREMONY WITHOUT IT.

 

 

 
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