How to Get a Mississippi Marriage License
If you’ve popped the question and she’s said yes, congratulations! However, before getting on with your marriage ceremony, you need to prepare for the ceremony. One of the preparations you need to make is applying for a marriage license. Think of a marriage license as the State officially recognizing your marriage.
Most States have similar procedures on how to go about getting a marriage license. However, they might have different requirements. Let us look at the requirements as well as the process of getting a marriage license in the State of Mississippi.
Requirements for a Mississippi marriage license
- Both of you should be at least 21 years old to get legally married in Mississippi.
- You will need ID as well as picture proof.
- You will both need to be physically present for the application.
- The fee for a license varies depending on the county you apply it.
- There isn’t any blood test required in Mississippi.
- You have to apply at your local county Circuit Clerk’s office.
Make sure you contact your local county Circuit Clerk’s office in advance to find out which days and at what time the clerk will be in office so that you don’t waste any time going there and finding out he/she isn’t there.
Mississippi marriage license ID requirements
If you’re confused as to which legal ID’s you can use, here’s a list of them.
- Driver’s license
- School record
- Life insurance record
- Birth certificate
- Baptismal certificate
- Military I.D.
The process of getting a Mississippi marriage license1. Begin by going to the circuit court closest to you. Both of you will need to be physically present. You will also need a witness to sign your marriage application. To be safe, bring two friends with you on the day you apply.
2. Fill out the required information in the application form. Information that you’ll need to supply includes your full names, names as well as addresses of your parents (you’ll need to remember your mother’s maiden name), age, birthplace, the highest level of education completed, number of previous marriages as well as why each of those marriages didn’t work out.
3. Pay the fee for the application. The fee can vary between each Circuit Court. However, you can expect it to be in the range of $20 to $23. If a marriage license is unused, you will not receive a refund.
4. After submitting your application, you will need to wait for three days. The waiting time is for the Circuit Court to check your materials as well as giving you time to back out if you'd like to. After you receive your license, you will have 30 days to get the license signed by a justice of the peace or a wedding officiant. You can ask the clergy's, mayors and so on to officiate the wedding legally.
Do I need to be a resident of Mississippi to apply for a marriage license?
You do not have to be a resident of Mississippi to apply for a marriage license.
Can individuals under the age of 21 apply for a marriage license?
If you’re between 17 to 20 years of age, you will need to get the consent of both of your parents or legal guardians. You must get both of their consent; you cannot move on with just one of them saying yes while the other says no. If you’re 16 years old and below, you must get a court order for a Circuit Judge, Chancery Judge or County Judge in Mississippi.
This article isn’t meant to be used for legal information. It is supposed to be used for general research and nothing more.