The legal age to marry in Alabama is 18.
If you are 16 to 17, you may obtain a license if both parents are present with valid identification and they consent in writing. You must also present a copy of your birth certificate certified by the State or County. A non-certified hospital birth record is not sufficient. You will also need to bring your Social Security Card. An applicant does not have a social security number can instead submit an affidavit attesting to the fact that he or she was never issued a social security number. Alternatively, an applicant can submit a current letter from the Social Security Administration documenting that he or she was never issued a social security number.
If you are 18 or older, you must bring one of the following acceptable forms of identification. These include, but are 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 (“Green Card”), Employment Authorization Card, etc.), 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 States or of a foreign country or state. You will also need to bring your Social Security Card. An applicant does not have a social security number can instead submit an affidavit attesting to the fact that he or she was never issued a social security number. Alternatively, an applicant can submit a current letter from the Social Security Administration documenting that he or she was never issued a social security number.
If you have been divorced, please be prepared to tell us when. You may not apply for a license within 60 days after your divorce was granted unless you are remarrying your former spouse. If you have been divorced less than one year, please present a copy of your divorce decree as signed by the judge.
A marriage license is valid in Alabama for 30 days from the date it is issued. A premarital blood test is no longer required in Alabama and there is no required waiting period after the license is purchased.
Marriage licenses are issued at the Probate Judge's office in Opelika, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30AM-12:00Noon and 2:00PM-4:00 PM. If you plan to arrive in the afternoon, you should be here no later that 3:30 PM to avoid last minute delays. The licensing process takes about 15 minutes. Both the prospective Bride and Groom must be present to obtain a marriage license.
The fee for a Marriage License is $43.00. If you are married in our office, the fee for the marriage license and ceremony is $58.00. The only acceptable form of payment is cash or local check. Our office is on the 1st floor of the courthouse located in downtown Opelika.
If you need a certified copy of a marriage license that was issued in Lee County, we need to know the month, day and year of the marriage, and names of the bride and groom. Send this information and $4.00 to the Probate Office, Marriage License Section at PO Box 2266, Opelika, Al 36803. We will mail a certified copy to you. You may remit a check if you are a resident of Lee County and your check reflects a Lee County address; please include your drivers license number. All other payments should be in the form of a money order or cashier's check.