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Marriage license Laws in the state of Tennessee, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Tennessee marriage laws before filling out the Tennessee marriage license form.

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In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document in your state that allows you to officially tie the knot under the law. The rules for acquiring your marriage license varies from state to state, so you should check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.

You'll typically need to apply for your marriage license at least one month before your wedding ceremony. You'll traditionally need to send in your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents. You don't, however, want to apply for your marriage license too early. In some states, the licenses do expire, if you don't get married within a few months.

When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, but you'll need to apply for the certificate together, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.

And, believe it or not, just because you have your marriage license sent to you in the mail does not mean you are officially married. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your chaplain your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.

ID Requirement: Valid Driver's License or Certified Birth Certificate or Valid Passport.

Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Tennessee.

If previously married: A copy of Divorce Decree.

Application Requirement: Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the time of applying.

Fees: $100 unless you receive 4 hours of marriage counseling. If your county approves your counselour and your completed session, you will be given a $60 discount. If your session is not approved by either the counselor or county, you must pay $100 instead of $40.

Waiting Period: No waiting period. 3 Days if either applicant is under 18.

Blood Tests: No blood test requirement.

Under 18: If either party is under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by parents.

•  If under the age of 16, Tennessee law requires that the couple receives a court order before being allowed to marry.

Proxy Marriages: No. Both parties must be present.

Common Law Marriage: No.

Cousin Marriage: Yes. First cousin marriage is allowed. All consanguineous prohibitions in Tennessee refer to lineal relations. Cousins are lateral relations and are therefore not prohibited.

Same Sex Marriage: No.

Officiants: All regular ministers of the gospel of every denomination, and Jewish rabbis, more than 18 years of age, having the care of souls may perform marriages. Ministers must endorse the marriage license and return it to the clerk of the county court within three days after the marriage.

Valid: License is valid for 30 days.
The license can only be used within the State of Tennessee.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Tennessee Vital Records
Department of Health
421 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
Telephone: (615) 741-1763

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

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County Clerk's Office

Anderson County Clerk
Clinton, TN
865. 457. 5400

Bedford County Clerk
Shelbyville, TN
931. 684. 1921

Benton County Clerk
Camden, TN
901. 584. 6053

Bledsoe County Clerk
Pikeville, TN
865. 447. 2137

Blount County Clerk
Maryville, TN
865. 273. 5800

Bradley County Clerk
Cleveland, TN
865. 476. 0520

Campbell County Clerk
Jacksboro, TN
865. 562. 3496

Cannon County Clerk
Woodbury, TN
615. 563. 4278

Carroll County Clerk
Huntingdon, TN
901. 986. 1960

Carter County Clerk
Elizabethton, TN
865. 542. 1814

Cheatham County Clerk
Ashland City, TN
615. 792. 5179

Chester County Clerk
Henderson, TN
901. 989. 2233

Claiborne County Clerk
Tazewell, TN
865. 626. 3283

Clay County Clerk
Celina, TN
931. 243. 2249

Cocke County Clerk
Newport, TN
865. 623. 6176

Coffee County Clerk
Manchester, TN
931. 723. 5106

Crockett County Clerk
Alamo, TN
901. 696. 5452

Cumberland County Clerk
Crossville, TN
931. 484. 6442

Davidson County Clerk
Nashville, TN
615. 862. 6256

De Kalb County Clerk
Smithville, TN
615. 597. 5177

Decatur County Clerk
Decaturville, TN
731. 865. 6022

Dickson County Clerk
Charlotte, TN
615. 789. 4171

Dyer County Clerk
Dyersburg, TN
901. 286. 7814

Fayette County Clerk
Somerville, TN
901. 465. 5213

Franklin County Clerk
Winchester, TN
931. 967. 2541

Gibson County Clerk
Trenton, TN
901. 855. 7642

Giles County Clerk
Pulaski, TN
931. 363. 1509

Grainger County Clerk
Rutledge, TN
865. 828. 3511

Greene County Clerk
Greenville, TN
865. 638. 4841

Grundy County Clerk
Altamont, TN
931. 692. 3622

Hamblen County Clerk
Morristown, TN
865. 586. 1993

Hamilton County Clerk
Chattanooga, TN

Harderman County Clerk
Bolivar, TN
901. 658. 3541

Hardin County Clerk
Savannah, TN
901. 925. 3583

Hawkins County Clerk
Rogersville, TN
865. 272. 7002

Haywood County Clerk
Brownsville, TN
901. 772. 2362

Henderson County Clerk
Lexington, TN
901. 968. 2856

Henry County Clerk
Paris, TN
901. 642. 2412

Hickman County Clerk
Centerville, TN
931. 729. 2621

Houston County Clerk
Erin, TN
931. 289. 3141

Humphreys County Clerk
Waverly, TN
931. 296. 7671

Jefferson County Clerk
Danridge, TN
865. 397. 2935

Knox County Clerk
Knoxville, TN
865. 215. 2392

Lake County Clerk
Tipponville, TN
901. 253. 7462

Lauderdale County Clerk
Ripley, TN
901. 635. 2561

Lawrence County Clerk
Lawrenceburg, TN
931. 766. 4176

Lewis County Clerk
Hohenwald, TN
931. 796. 2200

Lincoln County Clerk
Fayetteville, TN
931. 433. 2454

Loudon County Clerk
Loudon, TN
865. 458. 3314

Macon County Clerk
Lafayette, TN
615. 666. 2333

Madison County Clerk
Jackson, TN
901. 865. 6022

Marion County Clerk
Jasper, TN
865. 942. 2515

Marshall County Clerk
Lewisburg, TN
931. 359. 1072

Maury County Clerk
Columbia, TN
931. 381. 3690

Mcminn County Clerk
Athens, TN
865. 745. 4440

Mcnairy County Clerk
Selmer, TN
901. 645. 3511

Monroe County Clerk
Madisonville, TN
865. 442. 2220

Montgomery County Clerk
Clarksville, TN
931. 648. 5712

Moore County Clerk
Lynchburg, TN
931. 759. 7346

Obion County Clerk
Union City, TN
901. 885. 3831

Overton County Clerk
Livingston, TN
931. 823. 2631

Perry County Clerk
Linden, TN
931. 589. 2219

Polk County Clerk
Benton, TN
865. 338. 4526

Putnam County Clerk
Cookeville, TN
931. 526. 7106

Rhea County Clerk
Dayton, TN
865. 775. 7808

Roane County Clerk
Kingston, TN
865. 376. 5556

Robertson County Clerk
Springfield, TN
615. 384. 5895

Rutherford County Clerk
Murfreesboro, TN
615. 898. 7800

Scott County Clerk
Huntsville, TN
865. 663. 2588

Sequatchie County Clerk
Dunlap, TN
865. 949. 2522

Sevier County Clerk
Sevierville, TN
865. 453. 5502

Shelby County Clerk
Memphis, TN
901. 576. 4366

Smith County Clerk
Carthage, TN
615. 735. 9833

Stewart County Clerk
Dover, TN
931. 232. 7616

Sullivan County Clerk
Blountville, TN
865. 323. 6428

Sumner County Clerk
Gallatin, TN
615. 452. 4063

Tipton County Clerk
Covington, TN
901. 476. 0207

Tousdale County Clerk
Hartsville, TN
615. 374. 2906

Unicoi County Clerk
Erwin, TN
865. 743. 3381

Warren County Clerk
McMinnville, TN
931. 473. 2623

Washington County Clerk
Jonesborough, TN
865. 753. 1621

Wayne County Clerk
Waynesboro, TN
931. 722. 5544

Weakley Count Clerk
Dresden, TN
901. 364. 2285

Williamson County Clerk
Franklin, TN
615. 790. 5712

Wilson County Clerk
Lebanon, TN
615. 444. 0314

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