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Tennessee marriage laws require couples wishing to marry in Tennessee to obtain a valid marriage license prior to the wedding ceremony. Age restrictions do apply; minors must obtain parental consent before getting a marriage license, and those under 16 must also get a court order. Previously divorced individuals must present a certified copy of the divorce decree. The details on Tennessee marriage laws are set forth below.
Tennessee Marriage Consent Laws
- With Parental Consent: 16 and 17 year-olds must have parental consent to marry in Tennessee. Minors younger than 16 must get a court order in addition to parental consent.
- Without Parental Consent: Adults 18 and older may marry in Tennessee without obtaining parental consent.
Tennessee Common Law Marriage
The state of Tennessee does not recognize common law marriages.
Tennessee Marriage License
- Residency: No residency requirement.
- Tests: None.
- Identification Required: Driver’s license or certified birth certificate, and social security number.
- Appearance/Proxy: Proxy marriages are not allowed in Tennessee unless one party is incarcerated or has a disability that prevents them from being present for the application process.
- Previous Marriages: Divorced individuals must provide a certified copy of the divorce decree.
- Length of License: 30 days from the time of issuance.
- Fees: Vary by county, but generally $90-$100.
- Authorized Tennessee Officiants: Any ordained minister, judge, county clerk, or mayor.