The Probate Court has exclusive original jurisdiction over all subject matter related to the issuance of marriage licenses. It is unlawful for any persons to contract matrimony, i.e. marry, within this State without first obtaining a marriage license from the Probate Court.
Each applicant must appear together and in person before 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to apply for a marriage license. Each applicant must present the two (2) required forms of Identification. The application fee is $45.00. Cash only.
Each applicant must have two (2) forms of identification each:
1: Social Security Card or Alien ID number assigned to resident aliens
2: State issued picture ID, or passport with current visa. Foreign consular ID cards do NOT meet the identification requirements.
Applicants age 16-17 years of age may obtain a marriage license upon presenting a Certified Long Form Birth Certificate, Social Security card, and a state issued ID. A parent or guardian must accompany the minor, have identification, and give written consent. If parents are divorced, the parent with custody must give consent and present a certified copy of The Family Court Order providing custody.
There is a twenty-four (24) hour waiting period in The State of South Carolina from the time you apply for the license until the time the license may be issued.
The marriage ceremony must take place in The State of South Carolina if the license is issued in South Carolina. Marriage ceremonies may be performed by a minister or other authorized to administer oaths in South Carolina (Notary Public).
The Kershaw County Probate Court does not perform Marriage Ceremonies.