If you've just set a date for your wedding, this can be an exciting time for the two of you! Don't let the marriage license laws of Alabama put a dent in your wedding plans.

Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for an Alabama marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your wedding date.

Congratulations and much happiness as you begin your lifetime journey together!

Requirements may vary as each county in Alabama could have their own requirements.

ID Requirement in Alabama:

You will need valid Driver's License or Birth Certificate if you are over 18. All applicants must also provide a Social Security number. 

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Alabama.

Previous Marriages: 

If you were divorced within the last 6 months of your wedding date, you will need to show a copy of your Divorce Decree. According to Section 30-2-10 of the Alabama Code, there is a sixty (60) day restriction on getting married after a divorce.

Covenant Marriage Option in Alabama: No.

Waiting Period in Alabama: 

There is no waiting period in Alabama except after being divorced. Then there is a 60 day waiting period after your divorce is final.

Fees in Alabama: 

Cash or credit card requirement varies depending on County. Some locales charge $2 for using a credit card. License fees also vary. $43.35+ for marriage license only; $63+ for license, ceremony and a certified copy.

Other Required Tests in Alabama:

No blood or medical tests required.
Proxy Marriages in Alabama: No.
Cousin Marriages in Alabama: Yes.
Common Law Marriages in Alabama: Yes. 

"A valid common law marriage exists in AL when there is capacity to enter into a marriage, present agreement or consent to be husband and wife, public recognition of the existence of the marriage, and consummation." Waller v. Waller, 567 So.2d 869 (Ala.Civ.App. 1990). See also, Hudson v. Hudson, 404 So.2d 82 (Ala.Civ.App. 1981)."
Source: Alabama Attorney General FAQ

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