The Probate Court of Macon County issues marriage licenses and maintains those records and provides certified copies of marriage licenses/applications for all marriages applied for in Macon County upon request.
Licenses are issued Monday-Friday from 8:00 to 11:30 and 1:00 to 4:30. The cost is $66 cash unless there is a signed and notarized form stating premarital counseling has been performed and then the cost is $26. These fees are payable by cash,money order or debit/credit card.
Obtaining a License to Marry
- Applicants must both appear in person
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. (Certain circumstances permit underage applicants to obtain a marriage license. Call the Macon County Probate Court for additional information.)
- A picture identification card is required for both applicants.
- A divorce decree or death certificate is required from applicants that have had prior marriages.
- An application for a marriage license must be filled out and signed by both applicants.
- At least one applicant has to be a resident of Georgia in order to apply for a marriage license in a county other than the county they are to be married in. If both applicants are not residents of Georgia, you must apply in the same county you are getting married in.
Filing a License After A Marriage Ceremony
- After a couple is married by a clergy or person who is authorized to perform marriage ceremonies, the license is to be returned to the Probate Court. within 30 days.
- If a couple needs certified copies of their marriage license, they may be purchased for $10 each.
- The marriage license is public record and can be purchased by anyone. No identification is required to purchase certified copy of a marriage license.
To Receive Certified Copy in the Mail
- Send us a written request with the name of the Bride (name prior to marriage) and Groom and date of marriage.
- Please tell us how many copies you are requesting.
- Please enclose a money order for the total amount of copies requested (fees listed above).
Reduced fee Requirements
To qualify for the reduced fee, the couple must provide the Court a signed and dated certificate of completion of a qualifying premarital education program. The Court has an acceptable Certificate which you take to the premarital education provider.
To qualify, the premarital education must have been performed by:
- A professional counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist;
- a psychiatrist;
- a psychologist; or
- an active member of the clergy when in the course of his or her service as clergy, or the designee of such active member of the clergy, provided the designee is skilled and trained in premarital education.
Download the Counseling Form here