South Carolina Marriage License Info
Updated: Apr 21
I know the marriage license laws can seem confusing. You will need a marriage license from the state where the ceremony is performed.
COVID19 UPDATE: The court is closed to the public. You will need to apply for the marriage license online. (Updated 4/21/21)
Charleston County Court is fully online and has removed the video call. You apply online for the license and pay the non-refundable $70 along with uploading the required documentation. Once it is processed the court will email you the marriage license.
Another option is Richland County Court: You apply online, supplying the documentation they request, and pay the $45 fee. They will process the application and mail you the marriage license the next day. Although the online application only takes a few moments, I would give it 1-2 days for processing and another 2-3 days for the postal service to get the license to you.
For a SC marriage license, you can get one from any county in the state. For example, many brides that live in Charlotte, NC get their marriage license from Rock Hill. You can obtain this at any time as it does not expire. Each county has its own price and required documentation.
The main consideration is the 24 hour waiting period. If you apply for your license at 2 pm on Thursday, you cannot pick up your license until 2pm on Friday. The probate court is closed on weekends and many holidays.
The Charleston County Probate Court office is conveniently located at 100 Broad Street, Suite 469 Charleston, SC 29401. For your convenience, the office is open from Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm. However, we recommend you contact the office you plan to use and confirm their hours and location. For more information, please visit the Charleston County Probate Court Office Website.
When you pick up your South Carolina marriage license, it will have 3 copies. One for the couple, and the other 2 are returned to the court. We will fill out all 3 copies and return the court copies to the proper court for you!