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Obtaining a Tennessee Marriage License:
To obtain a Tennessee marriage license in Shelby County, both parties must appear for the issuance of the license. A Social Security card is required for both parties. The age requirement for marriage in the State of Tennessee is as follows:

  • Over 21- picture ID
  • From 18 to 21, a birth certificate
  • From 16 to 18, you must have both parents accompany
    you, and sign the approval affidavit and you must bring
    your birth certificate. There is a 3-day waiting period.
  • If either party is under the age of 16, a waiver must be
    issued from Juvenile Court.

Effective July 1, 1985 a blood test is no longer required.

The marriage license is good for 30 days and costs $97.50.  This cost is reduced significantly, to $37.50, for all persons who have attended four (4) hours of premarital preparation by a qualified instructor.  A form must be submitted to verify the completion of an approved Premarital Preparation Course. Download the form (requires Acrobat Reader) or you may obtain a form at the Shelby County Clerk's office.

After the ceremony has been performed, the signed vital record application must be sent back to the County Clerk's Office to be recorded. The marriage license is given to the bride and groom. If the license is not used within 30 days, it is voided and you must purchase a new license.

You may obtain your Tennessee marriage license at these locations:
(Please note that justices of the peace are not readily available at the following offices. Prior arrangements must be made by wedding party with officials/clergy to perform ceremony.)

  •  Downtown at 150 Washington Avenue
         (8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)
  • 1075 Mullins Station Road
         (9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.)
  •  At Millington City Hall, 7930 Nelson
         (8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.)

If you desire a certified copy of your marriage license, come by or mail a $10.00 check or money order, along with the exact date of the marriage and the full names of both parties, to:
Shelby County Clerk,
150 Washington Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103

Remember, the exact date of the marriage and the full names of both parties is required. All checks must be drawn on a local bank.

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