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Marriage Licenses
The Application Process
To obtain a marriage license in Shelby County, both parties must appear for the issuance of the license. The age requirements for marriage in the State of Tennessee are as follows. For persons:
  • Under the age of 16 - A waiver must be issued from Juvenile Court.
  • Between the ages of 16 and 17 -  You must have both parents accompany you and sign the approval affidavit. A birth certificate is required for verification. There is also a three-day waiting period for approvals.
  • Between the ages of 18 and 20 - A birth certificate is required for verification.
  • Age 21 and over - A picture ID is required for verification.

Effective July 1, 1985, a blood test is no longer required. The marriage license is good for 30 days and costs $97.50. This cost is reduced to $37.50 for all persons who have attended four hours of premarital preparation by a qualified instructor. A Certification of Completion Form must be notarized and submitted to verify the completion of an approved premarital preparation course. 

After the ceremony has been performed, the signed vital record application must be sent back to the County Clerk's Office to be recorded. The marriage license is then given to the couple. If the license is not used within 30 days, it is voided and you must purchase a new license.

Where to Obtain Marriage Licenses
A Shelby County marriage license may be obtained at any of the following locations:
  • Downtown Office
    150 Washington Ave.
    Second Floor
    Memphis, TN 38103
    • Open Monday - Friday,  8:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • East Branch Office
    1075 Mullins Station Rd.
    West Wing
    Memphis, TN 38134
    • Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:15 pm
  • Millington Branch
    4836 Navy Rd.
    Millington, TN 38053
    • Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:15 pm  

If you desire a certified copy of your marriage license, come by any of the above offices or mail a $10 check or money order along with the exact date of the marriage and the full names of both parties, to:
Shelby County Clerk
150 Washington Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Remember, we need the exact date of the marriage and the full names of both parties. 

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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