Marriage License in Mississippi

 

 

 

Marriage license requirements in the state of Mississippi, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the Mississippi marriage laws before applying for the Mississippi marriage license application. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about two (2) weeks before your ceremony date.

 

It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.   You must obtain a Mississippi Marriage License to be married in this state. You cannot use a marriage license from another state and be married in Mississippi, Alabama or Florida.

 

How to obtain a marriage license:

 

1.      To obtain a marriage license, both parties must apply in person at the Circuit Clerk's office.

 

2.      As of July 1, 2012, a blood test is no longer required to obtain a marriage license in Mississippi.

 

3.      No waiting period.

 

4.      The information must be supplied to the applicant in duplicate on a standard medical certificate form supplied by the Mississippi      Department of Health.

 

5.      A Marriage License Application may be printed out and brought to the Circuit Clerk's office.

 

The following information is required on the marriage application:

 

  • Full names and addresses of both parties applying for marriage

  • Names and addresses of the parents of both parties applying (maiden name of Mother)

  • Age, Date of Birth, and State of Birth (or Foreign Country)

  • Proof of Age (e.g., Driver's License, Birth Certificate, School Record, etc.)

  • Highest Grade Completed in School

  • Number of Previous Marriages

  • How the Last Marriage ended (divorce, death, etc.)

  • Date Last Marriage Ended (Bring proof of divorce, if it was within the last six months)

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Prohibited and Restricted Marriages:

  • Cousin marriages

  • Same sex marriages.

  • Common law marriages.

  • Proxy marriages.

 

Underage Marriages:

 

  • In the event that the female applicant shall be under the age of twenty-one (21) years of age, and is a resident of the State of Mississippi, the application of marriage shall be made to the Circuit Clerk of the county of residence of the parent or legal guardian of such female applicant.

  • If either applicant is under twenty-one (21) years of age, parental consent is needed. If the parent does not accompany the applicant to the office when applying, the Clerk shall send notice of filing of the application via certified mail to the parents or legal guardian.

  • Marriage licenses cannot be issued unless the Male applicant is at least seventeen (17) years of age, and the Female applicant is at least fifteen (15) years of age.

·         There is no waiting period from the time and date of application until the license can be issued by the                 Clerk.        

The Marriage License fee varies per county and payment is cash.  The Marriage License issued by the Circuit Court Clerk is valid "Only" in the State of Mississippi.

 

·         Any ordained minister of the gospel who is in good standing with his or her church may perform marriages. Ministers must send a certificate of marriage to the clerk who issued the marriage license within three months after the marriage.

 

Same-sex marriage is legal in Mississippi. On November 25, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves of the District Court for Southern Mississippi, ruled Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Enforcement of his ruling was stayed pending appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 Jul 2, 2015 -THE FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HAS LIFTED THE STAY. HOOD SAYS "MISSISSIPPI'S LAWS PROHIBITING SAME SEX MARRIAGE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND UNENFORCEABLE BY THE FEDERAL COURT."

 

Name Change:

 

·         Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

 

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

 

Mississippi Vital Records
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
Phone: (601) 576-7450

 

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

 

·         Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

 

For more information and assistance or availability with your Wedding Day, please contact us.