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You must have obtained your valid marriage license and have it “in hand” before local ministers can perform any ceremony for you.

Marriage License Information
Before a marriage can occur in Tennessee, a license must be obtained from a County Clerk. Ministers of the Gospel, Rabbis, Christian Science practitioners, and various civil officials are authorized by law to solemnize a marriage.
Marriage license requirements are specific to each applicant's age. Please refer to the following guidelines:

18 Years of Age or Older

-Blood tests not needed
-No waiting period

-ID requirements:
One of the following: State certified birth certificate, Driver License, State Issued ID

-Identification guidelines for Legal Aliens who do not have a social security number:
1) Each with valid expiration dates: Passport and American Visa, or
2) Resident Alien Card

-Please contact your county for specific fees.

-You must know the following:
Parents full name (including maiden name of mother)
Parents state of birth and address (if living)
Applicant's number of prior marriages
Date last marriage ended (if applicable)

-A marriage license is valid for 30 days after issuance and may be executed outside of Tennessee. However, it must be returned to the issuing Clerk for recording and filing with the Tennessee Vital Records Office.

-A marriage license is valid for 30 days after issuance and may be executed outside of Tennessee. However, it must be returned to the issuing Clerk for recording and filing with the Tennessee Vital Records Office.

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