Marriage Licenses are issued Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Office of the Probate Judge located on the second floor of the Limestone County Clinton Street Courthouse Annex, 100 South Clinton Street, Suite D, Athens, Alabama 35611. The issuing process takes approximately 20 minutes so if possible please arrive by 4:00 p.m.. You can expedite the issuing process by printing the Application above and submitting your completed Application upon arrival in our office.
The cost to obtain a Marriage License is $70.00 payable by cash, personal check, money order or bank cashier’s check (payee: Limestone County Probate Judge). Debit cards and credit cards are not accepted.
In Alabama, the legal age to marry without parental consent is 18 years. Persons aged 16 years or 17 years may obtain a Marriage License if both parents are present and consent in writing. (See additional information below regarding parental consent)
Both applicants must be present at the same time and provide proper valid identification. In order to be valid the identification cannot be expired.
If an applicant is 18 years of age or older, proper valid identification is an official government-issued picture identification that provides sufficient proof that the applicant is who the applicant represents he or she is. Proper valid identification includes, but is not limited to the following: driver’s license, passport, military ID, original certified copy of state issued birth certificate, other state issued ID, U.S. Government issued ID (including Permanent Resident Card or Employment Authorization Card), or other identification issued by a state of the United States, by a foreign country or state, or by an agency or a subdivision of a state of the United State or of a foreign country or state.
If an applicant is 16 or 17 years of age and has not had a former spouse, at least one parent must be a legal resident of Limestone County (proof of residency is required). After residency is established, both parents and the applicant must provide proper valid identification as stated above, as well as a state certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate. A hospital certificate of the applicant’s birth is not acceptable. Both parents must execute a written consent prepared by a clerk in the Probate Court using the information provided by the parents and applicant. Both parents must also execute a bond prepared by a clerk in the Probate Court in the sum of $200.00 payable to the State of Alabama with condition to be void if there is no lawful cause why such marriage should not be celebrated. If one of the parents is deceased, a state certified copy of the death certificate is required. If the parents are divorced and one parent has full/sole legal custody of the minor, that parent must provide a court certified copy of the custody order signed by a judge. If the parents have joint legal custody of the minor, both parents are required to consent.
Regardless of age, each applicant must provide valid proof of his/her Social Security Number. If the applicant does not have a Social Security Number the applicant can either submit a sworn affidavit (provided by a clerk in the Probate Court) to the fact that he/she has never been issued a Social Security Number or a current letter from the Social Security Administration documenting that the applicant was never issued a Social Security Number.
If an applicant is divorced, the applicant cannot remarry within 60 days of the date the divorce was final, unless the applicant remarries his/her most recent spouse. The Application requires the year an applicant’s divorce was final. If an applicant divorced within the last six (6) months, the applicant must provide a court-certified copy (with seal) of the divorce decree.
A Marriage License is valid for 30 days from the date it is issued. The license is only valid for marriages performed in the State of Alabama.
Section 30-1-7 of the Code of Alabama (1975, as amended) provides the persons authorized to solemnize marriages in Alabama. No one in our office performs marriage ceremonies.
Do not hesitate to call the Probate Office (256-233-6427) if you have any questions.
Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.