muscogee county probate court

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Due to COVID-19, the following policies and procedures have been established to provide our customers, as well as our staff, with a safe and secure environment.

• Marriage license applications will be done BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

ONLY the applicants will be allowed in during their scheduled appointment time. You may NOT bring additional family (including children) or guests.

• If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.

• You MUST bring and wear a mask and practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from all court employees.

• Please make sure you know all the application requirements and bring in all the required documentation (see below for all requirements and required documentation). If you do not bring all the required documentation to your appointment, you will be forced to reschedule.

• All courthouse ceremonies have been SUSPENDED indefinitely.

• You MUST have a scheduled ceremony date AND an officiant to perform the ceremony before scheduling an appointment.

○ Priority appointments will be given to those with scheduled upcoming ceremonies. HOWEVER, we will NOT schedule appointments less than 3 days before your ceremony, so please plan accordingly! This policy means NO SAME DAY OR LAST-MINUTE APPOINTMENTS.

• To schedule an appointment, you may either call 706-225-4750 and leave a message or e-mail probatelicense@columbusga.org.

• Once the Court has confirmed your ceremony date, you will be given an appointment and sent a web link to apply online. Both parties will be required to attend the appointment in office to complete the application process and pay the fees.

• Once you are married, you will mail the original license back to the Court. Certified copies of your license can be purchased online for $10 each after we receive and record the license. Further instructions on certified copies will be given at the time of your original appointment.

Requirements to Obtain a Marriage License

1. Both parties must be present to apply.
2. Both parties must be over 18 years old.
• 17 year olds may obtain a marriage license with both proof of legal emancipation AND proof of at least 6 hours of pre-marital counseling by a licensed counselor. Also, the ages between the parties cannot exceed 4 years. 3. Both parties must have proper, valid identification (Driver's License, U.S. Passport, or Birth Certificate and Photo ID).
4. If either party has been previously married, bring a copy of the Final Divorce Decree or Death Certificate if spouse is deceased. (If you were divorced in Muscogee County, you can obtain copies of your divorce documents on the 2nd floor of the Government Center in the Superior Court Clerk's office.)

Cost of Marriage License - $56.00 cash, debit or credit card (for an additional fee), or money order (no personal checks). This does not include any certified copies.

Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses and Marriage License Applications are $10.00 per copy and can be purchased once the marriage has taken place and the original Marriage License has been returned to Probate Court staff for recording.

Marriage licenses are issued BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Acceptable methods of payment are CASH, DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD (for an additional fee), or MONEY ORDERS ONLY.

Getting Married in the Courthouse

"Courthouse Weddings" have been SUSPENDED. We regret this inconvenience and hope to return to our regular "walk-in" courthouse wedding hours as soon as possible.

To Request a Certified Copy of your Marriage License:

You may mail us in a written request for the certified copy. Please include:

1.) The date of marriage.
2.) The full name of both parties on the marriage license.
3.) A return address so we can mail the copy back to you.
4.) $10 money order (made payable to Probate Court) per certified copy.

Our mailing address is:
Probate Court
P.O. Box 1340
Columbus, GA 31902

OR

You may contact our office to make a request online:

1.) To request copies online, please call 706-225-4750 and leave a message or e-mail probatelicense@columbusga.org to be sent a web link to facilitate your request.
2.) All copies will be mailed back to you. *No documents are available to print at home.
3.) Credit card payment only.