How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in South Carolina?
South Carolina is best known for southern plantations and the civil war history. It is a lovely place to get married boasting of pristine semi-tropical beaches, sea islands and golfing. Charleston is one of the oldest cities with spectacular architecture and brightly colored homes. The famed Myrtle Beach is an elegant location for your romantic honeymoon!
Rules and Regulations
If you plan on walking down the aisle on one of American’s great southern plantations, you must first acquaint yourself with the rules and regulations for getting married in the state of South Carolina.
- Some judges require both parties to bring their social security cards at the time of application.
- The legal age to be married in South Carolina is 16 with parental consent and original birth certificate. Both parents must be present with their identification.
- You do not need to reside in South Carolina to get married there.
- You do not need a blood test.
- You do not need any witnesses.
- Cousin marriage is allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
You must both apply together, in person at the County Probate Judge’s office to apply for your marriage license. Bring with you the following paperwork to complete the processing:
- You do not need to bring any divorce paperwork with you.
- You must pay an application fee (varies by county).
- A valid, current ID such as driver’s license, original copy or certified copy of your birth certificate, military ID, state ID, passport or social security card.
- If you are minor, you will also need parental consent and a copy of your birth certificate.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a 24-hour waiting period before you can get married. You cannot have your marriage license until that timeframe has expired. However, check with your town, the waiting period may vary per judge. There is no expiration date for your marriage license, and you can use it in any county in the state.
Who Can Officiate
Any ordained or licensed member of the clergy, justices of the peace and also Native American spiritual leaders can also officiate your wedding ceremony.
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.
You may contact the County Probate Judge’s office for a certified copy of your marriage certificate after it has been filed and recorded.