Getting Married in South Carolina

Both the prospective bride and groom must apply at the same time at a South Carolina County Courthouse Marriage License Bureau.  These are located within the Probate Court in each county.  Most courthouses are open from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM (please check with you County for their hours).  You may obtain your license from any SC courthouse and use it in any other South Carolina county. (You can live in Charlotte and get a York County license; live in Augusta and get an Aiken County license; Asheville and get a Spartanburg County license and have a Romantic Little Wedding in South Carolina!)

ID Requirement: You will need to show your drivers license (or voter registration card, birth certificate or passport) and social security card.

Residency Requirement: You do not have to be a resident of South Carolina.

Previous Marriages: Proof of divorce is not needed.

Covenant Marriage Option: No.

Waiting Period in South Carolina: In most South Carolina counties there is a twenty-four (24) hour waiting period. Because of the 24-hour waiting period, if you want to get married on a weekend in these counties, make sure you apply for your license by Thursday.

Fees: The fees charged to get married in South Carolina vary from county to county.

Other Tests: No blood test required.

Proxy Marriages: No.

Cousin Marriages: Yes.

Common Law Marriages: Yes. If you want to have a common law marriage in South Carolina, you can.  Attempts (H 3588) have been made to void common law marriage in South Carolina, but looking at SECTION 20-1-360, it appears that the law has not been changed.

Same Sex Marriages: No.

Under 18: If you are under 18, you will need a certified copy of your birth certificate and a notarized statement of parental consent. The parent or legal guardian has to also appear at the same time as the minor to show their identification and to sign the parental consent form. The minimum age for marriage is 16.

License Expiration: This can vary from county to county

Richland County:

Hours to apply for license:   8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Fee (paid in cash or check): $40
License expires:                        6 months from date of issue

Lexington County:

Hours to apply for license:   8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Fee (paid in cash or check):  $30
License expires:                         6 months from date of issue

Kershaw County:

Hours to apply for license:   8:30 AM – 4:45 PM
Fee (paid in cash or check): $45
License expires:                        It doesn’t

Aiken County:  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTY WITHIN AN HOUR OF COLUMBIA WHERE YOU CAN FAX YOUR APPLICATION TO THEM.  THIS IS A GREAT OPTION FOR THOSE GRADUATING FROM FORT JACKSON.

Hours to apply for license:   8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Fee (paid in CASH ONLY):    $45
License expires:                        It doesn’t

South Carolina Probate Offices

Romantic Little Wedding strives to make every effort to provide accurate information.  However, we assume no responsibility for changes made since publication.  Please note that information may change from time to time.  PLEASE be sure to confirm all details with each local licensing office.  If you become aware of any updates or errors, please e-mail us with the information.

Abbeville
Probate Court
Court Sq & Main St.
Abbeville, SC 29620
864-459-4626
864-459-4023
www.abbevillecountysc.com
Aiken
Probate Court
Room E126
109 Park Ave. SE
Aiken, SC 29801
803-642-2000
803-642-2001
www.aikencountysc.gov
Allendale
Probate Court
526 Memorial Ave.
Allendale, SC 29810
803-584-3157
803-584-7050
www.allendalecounty.com
Anderson
Probate Court
100 S Main St., 1st Fl.
Anderson, SC 29622
864-260-4049
864-260-4293
www.andersoncountysc.org
Bamberg
Probate Court
110 N Main St.
Bamberg, SC 29003
803-245-3008
Barnwell
Probate Court
Courthouse # 112
Barnwell, SC 29812
803-541-1032
www.barnwellcounty.sc.gov
Beaufort
Probate Court
100 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29901
843-470-5319
www.co.beaufort.sc.us
Berkeley
Probate Court
300 California Ave., # B
Moncks Corder, SC 29461
843-719-4519
843-719-4520
www.co.berkeley.sc.us
Calhoun
Probate Court
302 Railroad Ave.
St. Matthews, SC 29135
803-874-3514
Charleston
Probate Court
100 Broad Street, Ste. 469
Charleston, SC 29401
843-958-5183
www.charlestoncounty.org
Cherokee
Probate Court
1434 N Limestone St.
Gaffney, SC 29342
864-487-2584
864-487-2583
www.cherokeecountysc.org
Chester
Probate Court
140 Main St.
Chester, SC 29706
803-385-2604
803-377-7020
http://www.chestercounty.org
Chesterfield
Probate Court
200 W Main St.
Chesterfield, SC 29709
843-623-2376
843-623-6303
Clarendon
Probate Court
Courthouse # 103
Clarendon, SC 29102
803-435-8774
www.clarendoncounty.sc.gov
Colleton
Probate Court
200 E Washington St.
Walterboro, SC 29488
843-549-7216
www.colletoncounty.org
Darlington
Probate Court
10 Public Sq., # 208
Darlington, SC 29532
843-398-4310
843-398-4311
www.darcosc.com
Dillon
Probate Court
401 W Main St., # 303
Dillon, SC 29536
843-774-1423
Dorchester
Probate Court
101 Ridge St.
St. George, SC 29477
843-832-0105
843-832-0244
www.dorchestercounty.net
Edgefield
Probate Court
124 Courthouse Sq
Edgefield, SC 29824
803-637-4077
803-637-4076
www.edgefieldcounty.sc.gov
Fairfield
Probate Court
Congress &
Washington St.
Winnsboro, SC 29180
803-712-6519
803-712-6756
Florence
Probate Court
80 N Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501
843-665-3085
www.florenceco.org
Georgetown
Probate Court
715 Prince St.
Georgetown, SC 29442
843-545-3274
www.georgetowncountysc.org
Greenville
Probate Court
301 University Ridge # 1200
Greenville, SC 29601
864-467-7170
www.greenvillecounty.org
Greenwood
Probate Court
Room 114 County Court House
Greenwood, SC 29646
864-942-8621
www.co.greenwood.sc.us
Hampton
Probate Court
Elm St.
Hampton, SC 29924
803-943-7512
www.hamptoncounty.com
Horry
Probate Court
1201 3rd Ave.
Conway, SC 29526
843-248-1294
843-248-1299
www.horrycounty.org
Jasper
Probate Court
305 Russell Ave.
Ridgeland, SC 29936
843-726-7718
843-726-7719
www.jaspercountysc.org
Kershaw
Probate Court
1121 Broad St.
Camden, SC 29020
803-425-1503
www.camden-sc.org
Lancaster
Probate Court
116 W Dunlap St.
Lancaster, SC 29720
803-283-3379
www.lancastercountysc.net
Laurens
Probate Court
321 S Harper St.
Laurens, SC 29360
864-984-7315
864-984-3779
www.laurenscountysc.org
Lee
Probate Court
11 Court House Sq
Bishopville, SC 29010
803-484-5341  x339
Lexington
Probate Court
139 E Main St., # 110
Lexington, SC 29072
803-359-8324
www.lex-co.com
Marion
Probate Court
201 Court St., # 202
Marion, SC 29571
843-423-8244
843-423-8245
Marlboro
Probate Court
P.O. Box 455
Bennettsville, SC 29512
843-479-5610
843-479-5611
www.marlborocounty.sc.gov
McCormick
Probate Court
133 S Mine St., # 101
McCormick, SC 29835
864-465-2630
www.mccormickcountysc.gov
Newberry
Probate Court
1309 College St.
Newberry, SC 29108
803-321-2118
803-321-2119
www.newberrycounty.org
Oconee
Probate Court
211 W Main St.
Walhalla, SC 29691
864-638-4275
864-638-4277
www.oconeesc.com
Orangeburg
Probate Court
Amelia St. R M C Dept #108
Orangeburg, SC 29116
803-533-6281
803-533-6284
www.orangeburgcounty.org
Pickens
Probate Court
222 McDaniel Ave.
Pickens, SC 29671
864-898-5903
www.co.pickens.sc.us
Richland
Probate Court
1701 Main St.
Columbia, SC 29202
803-576-1992
www.richlandonline.com
Saluda
Probate Court
100 E Church St.
Saluda, SC 29138
864-445-7110
www.saludacounty.sc.gov
Spartanburg
Probate Court
366 North Church St.
Spartanburg, SC 29301
864-596-2556
www.spartanburgcounty.org
Sumter
Probate Court
141 N Main St.
Sumter, SC 29150
803-436-2116
803-436-2165
www.sumtercountysc.org
Union County
Probate Court
200 W Main St.
Union, SC 29379
864-429-1625
864-429-1626
www.countyofunion.com
Williamsburg
Probate Court
125 W Main St.
Kingstree, SC 29556
843-354-9321  x156
843-354-9321  x558
York
Probate Court
2 South Congress St.
York, SC 29745
803-684-8513
www.yorkcountygov.com

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