How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Mississippi?
The birthplace of the blues, Mississippi is the heart of the south and a great place to get married. Mississippi is heavily dotted with military parks and civil war landmarks. For you history buffs, this is a beautiful place for a southern wedding.
Rules and Regulations
If you plan on a Mississippi wedding, you will need to acquaint yourself with their rules and regulations which are as follows:
- The legal age to be married in Mississippi is 21 years old.
- If you are younger than 21 years old, you will need parental consent. Parents must join the couple when applying, or there is a waiver form they can fill out if they cannot be there.
- There is no blood test or physical required.
There is no residency requirement.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- Cousin marriage is not permitted.
- You may not be under the influence of alcohol or obviously mentally ill when applying or you will be denied.
How to Apply
Both parties must apply together, in person at the local county clerk’s office. You will need to bring with you the following paperwork when applying:
- Full names of both parties.
- Addresses for both parties.
- Full names of both parents.
- Full addresses of both parents.
- Both Mother’s maiden names.
- Proof of ID and age with a valid, current driver’s license, birth certificate, military ID, or school record.
- Ages for both parties.
- State of birth for both parties.
- Highest grade completed.
- The number of previous marriages either of you have.
- Information on how any previous marriages ended (death or divorce).
- If your divorce was within six months, bring your divorce decree.
- Processing fee (varies by county).
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period to get married in the state of Mississippi. You can be married the same day you obtain your marriage license. There is no expiration date for your marriage license, and you can wait as long as you like to tie the knot.
Who Can Officiate
Any clergy member, mayor, judge or local Board of Supervisors member may officiate at your wedding ceremony held in Mississippi.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal. After your marriage certificate is filed and recorded, you may request a certified copy online by filling out the form and paying a $17 fee by mail.