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.

• Effective June 1, 2021, the Probate Court will resume no appointment necessary/walk-in services for marriage licenses. Click the button below to apply online*.

*PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL STILL BE REQUIRED TO COME INTO THE OFFICE TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AND PAY THE FEES

Apply Online

• If you have not been vaccinated, please follow CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

• 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 required to return when all requirements have been met.

• All courthouse ceremonies have been SUSPENDED indefinitely.

• If you have any questions, you may either call (706) 225-4750 or e-mail probatelicense@columbusga.org.

• Once you are married, you will mail the original license back to the Court OR drop it off in the Probate Court inbox outside the office. 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. *You will NOT get certified copies the same day you return your license.

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 OR $16.00 with proof of at least 6 hours of pre-marital counseling. Cash, debit or credit card (for an additional fee), money order or cashiers check (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.

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

Click the button below to request copies online:

• Copies will be mailed to you within 5 business days. *No documents are available to print at home or be picked up in person.
• Credit card payment only