Simple Marriages

How to get married in Atlanta

Even if you’re just eloping, it’s not as easy as riding off into the sunset. So, I put together the information needed to get your marriage license in Atlanta.



To begin with, both must be at least 18 years old to apply for a marriage license. The following documents are considered “proof of age” pursuant to O.C.G.A. §19-3-36: 

  • Birth certificate
  • Government-issued ID such as Driver’s license, passport, etc.,
  • Baptismal certificate, Certificate of birth registration, Court record, Immigration papers, Alien papers, Citizenship papers, Armed forces discharge papers, or a  hospital admission card containing the full name and date of birth.”
Proof of divorce. If one or both applicants are divorced they need to know their date of divorce. If a divorce was granted for either party within 30 days of applying for a marriage license, then the party must provide a copy of the divorce decree.
Death of a prior spouse. If either applicant is a widow/widower they must provide the date of death of the deceased spouse on their application.
After the marriage ceremony is performed, the officiant must complete the marriage license. The license needs to be returned to the Probate Court as soon as possible but no later than 30 days after the ceremony.


If either are residents of Georgia you can apply in any county. 
If neither is a resident of Georgia you must apply for the marriage license in the county where the ceremony is to take place. 
Below is a list of the different counties in the Atlanta metro area. Let us know if you need any help.


Cherokee County

Keith Wood
Probate Judge
(678) 493-6160
Website: www.CherokeeGA.com/Probat



Contact Judge:
Pam Ferguson
Annex Building 3
121 South McDonough Street
Jonesboro, GA 30236



32 Waddell Street
Marietta, GA 30090
(770) 528-1900
Website: www.CobbCounty.org/courts/probate


556 North McDonough Street
1100 Judicial Tower
Decatur, GA. 30030
Website: DekalbProbateGA.com/services



141 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Website: www.FultonCountyGA.gov/services


Website: www.GwinnettCourts.com/probate
Email: Probatecourt@Gwinnettcounty.Com



99 Sims Street
McDonough, Georgia 30253
770 288 7600
Website: https://henrycountyprobatecourt.com/Marriage-Licenses 



Applicants for marriage licenses must contact the Probate Court at 770-278-7700 to request an application. When the applicants have completed the application, they must contact the Court for an appointment to complete the process.
Website: Rockdalecountyga.gov