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What is required to be Married in South Carolina

To be legally married in South Carolina you must first obtain a South Carolina Marriage License.  Once the license is issued your ceremony may be held anywhere in the state.  While most couples obtain their marriage license when they arrive at the beach, you may actually apply for your marriage license through any South Carolina county.  South Carolina Marriage licenses are legal to use anywhere in the state.   

How to obtain your South Carolina Marriage License

While each county may impose certain requirements the basic process for obtaining your marriage license is:

  1. File a Marriage License Application in person at the Probate Court office
  2. Provide proper Identification (Check with the specific county for identification requirements.)
  3. Pay the Appropriate License Fee
  4. Observe a 24 Hour Waiting Period
  5. Pick up your Marriage License from the Probate office

Please note:  All couples are required to observe a 24 hour waiting period prior to their license being issued.  This simply means from the time your application is filed it will be 24 hours before the court will issue your marriage license.  Also keep in mind Probate offices are only open M-F during normal business hours. 

Where to obtain your South Carolina Marriage License

While most couples obtain their marriage license when they arrive at the beach, you may actually apply for your marriage license through any South Carolina county as South Carolina Marriage Licenses are legal to use anywhere in the state.   

Myrtle Beach Area Probate Court Offices

Horry County Probate Court
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
843-915-5370                         www.horrycounty.org/Departments/ProbateCourt.aspx (License Fees: County Residents - $50, In-State Residents - $75,    Out of State Residents - $100)

Georgetown County Probate Court                                         401 Cleland Street, Room #140                                          Georgetown, SC 29440                                                                  843-545-3274             www.georgetowncountysc.org/probate_court                  (License Fee: $40)

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