What You Will Need To Do To
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
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
to marry in South Carolina, except in
Myrtle Beach, which will not issue a marriage license to foreign nationals.
marriage licenses do not expire.
You may obtain your license from any SC
courthouse and use it in any other county within the state.
does not require a witness to the marriage.
All that is needed are the Bride, the Groom and their
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
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.
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.