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The Probate Court division of our office issues marriage licenses to eligible couples.  The cost is $45.50.  There is no residency requirement in Alabama.  That is, you do not have to be a resident of Covington County or of the State of Alabama to receive a marriage license from our office.  Also, you are no longer required to have a blood test prior to receiving your marriage license. 

You must come to the office and complete an application for a marriage license.  No appointment is necessary just to obtain a license.  Both parties must be present with a government issued photo ID. 

Once you receive your marriage license, your marriage must be formalized by a wedding ceremony within thirty (30) days.  Any licensed preacher or active or retired judge may perform the wedding ceremony.  Your marriage license is
only authorized for use in the State of Alabama, but you can have your ceremony in another county other than the one that issued the license. 

You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to marry in Alabama without a parent’s consent.  You may get married if you are sixteen (16) years old with both parents’ consent.  You may not marry in Alabama if you are under sixteen (16) years old. 

The Probate Judge and the Chief Probate Clerk are available to perform wedding ceremonies at the Courthouse during business hours.  You must call for an appointment if you want to get married at the Courthouse ((334) 428-2510.).  You can obtain your license and have the wedding ceremony at the Courthouse on the same day.  An additional fee of $15.00 is charged for the wedding ceremony. 

You may fill out the initial written application prior to coming to the Courthouse, but both parties will still need to be present to obtain the license.  Click here for a marriage license application. 

The Probate Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays.  We accept cash, Visa, or Mastercard (credit or debit).  We do not accept checks for marriage licenses or wedding ceremonies.   

  



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Will the Probate Judge perform wedding ceremonies on weekends or at some location other than the Courthouse?

Yes.  These requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.  Special consideration is given to military personnel.  Weddings will not performed in an established Church with an assigned preacher without the preacher’s permission.

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Can I use my Alabama marriage license to get married in Florida
(or another state)?

No.  You may only use an Alabama marriage license to marry in the State of Alabama.  You do not have to get married in the County where you got your license. 

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How long is my marriage license valid?

Thirty (30) days. 

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Is a common-law marriage valid in Alabama?

Common-law marriages are valid in Alabama.  This is a complicated legal issue that does not lend itself to an easy explanation.  The basic rules are that a couple who intends to be married, shares a household, and holds themselves out to be husband and wife will have a common-law marriage.  It is important to understand that a common-law marriage must be established by a court ruling before the rules and laws relating to a marriage will apply.  We do not issue any type of certificates or licenses to recognize common-law marriages.  If you have an issue with a common-law marriage, it is strongly encouraged that you discuss it with an attorney.

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May a foreign national obtain a marriage license from the probate office?

Of course.  However, the marriage applicants will still need to present some form of government-issued identification (passport, foreign driver’s license, etc.).  If this is a problem, please make an appointment with the probate judge to see if some other form of identification will be acceptable. 

Please note:  Immigration officials will be notified if marriage applicants present an expired visa as part of their identification. 

 

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Do I have to have both parents’ consent to marry if I am under the age of 18?

Yes.  The only exception would be if one of your parents is deceased or has had their parental rights terminated by a court.  A custody order is not sufficient to allow only one parent to consent. 

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