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Applying for a Marriage License
How to obtain your South Carolina Marriage License
In Horry County, Conway is the county seat, and that's where you'll need to apply for and then receive your marriage license. Marriage licenses are issued by the Probate Court Office (843) 915-5370. It's in the County Courthouse at 1301 Second Avenue, Conway. Marriage licenses are issued between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, but the office is open until 5:00 p.m. For your convenience you may download a Marriage License application from the probate court's website and submit via mail. While both parties do have to be present to pick up the license, by mailing in advance it speeds up the process and therefore in most cases there is no waiting period once the license is picked up.
To receive a marriage license from the Probate Court, you'll need to: 1) file a marriage application; 2) file a statement, under oath or affirmation, that the persons seeking the contract of matrimony are legally entitled to marry, together with the full names of the persons, their ages and their places of residence; 3) pay the appropriate fee; and 4) observe the 24-hour waiting period.
Marriage licenses are public records and are open to the public during regular business hours.
Marriage License Fees for Horry County (includes Criminal Domestic Fund):
County residents $50.00
State residents $75.00
Out of state and all others $100.00
South Carolina Marriage License FAQ's
You will need to show your driver's license (or voter registration card, birth certificate or passport) and social security card.
You do not have to be a resident of South Carolina.
Proof of divorce is not needed.
Covenant Marriage Option
Waiting Period in South Carolina
In some 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 in South Carolina
The fees charged to get married in South Carolina vary from county to county.
No blood test required.
Same Sex Marriages
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 a female is 14 and it is 16 for a male.
A South Carolina Marriage license does not expire.