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South Carolina’s Marriage License Application Process

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South Carolina has a very simple marriage license filing process compared to many other states.  While the fee for a marriage license will differ based on the county you file in, your marriage license is valid in any county (so you don’t have to make a special trip to the county you are getting married in if it isn’t your county of residence).  *Please note that a few counties only accept cash payment of the filing fee.


Another great thing about saying “I do” in South Carolina: there isn’t a wait time for your marriage license to be issued AND there isn’t an expiration date!  This means you can relax a little and file for your license at a convenient time.  No need to calculate how many days prior to your wedding you need to file and stress about making that work with your schedules.


Ready to file for your South Carolina marriage license?  Plan on both you and your fiancé filing in person at the county clerk’s office (one more step towards togetherness).  You should both bring your social security cards and state issued driver’s license or photo ID.



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