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How To Get A Marriage License During COVID-19

April 21, 2020
April 21, 2020

How To Get A Marriage License During COVID-19

Sometimes, love just can’t wait! If you’ve been able to postpone the celebration, but still want to tie the knot sooner rather than later, here are a few tips about how to get a marriage license, during COVID-19, in Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, or your local county in Tennessee.

If you’ve decided to go ahead with your wedding plans, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few new details you’ll need to know!

Unfortunately, right now, the Davidson County Clerk’s office is completely close to the public. The offices state on their website that they “are currently working on a plan to issue Marriage Licenses by appointment only. However, it may be several weeks before this can be implemented.” 

BUT there is good news! 

If You Already Purchased A Marriage License

If you purchased a Marriage License and it was set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 31, 2020, then the expiration date has been extended until June 30, 2020

Is Your Wedding In TN? You Can Get A License In Any TN County

It is pretty easy to get a marriage license in the state of Tennessee! It doesn’t matter where you live or what county the wedding will be in. As long as the wedding is in this state, you can get your license at any TN County Clerk’s office. Just please call before visiting them.

Many of our clients prefer to get their marriage license from the Williamson County Clerk. The office is only a couple of miles from CJ’s Off the Square.

Williamson County Clerk

1320 W Main St, Franklin, TN 37064
Open: 8 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday

All government offices are considered essential business and are allowed to operate as normal even under Gov. Bill Lee’s Stay at Home Executive Order. However, the offices will be closed to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Couples can make an appointment to visit the office on Tuesday or Thursday until April 30, 2020 to get a marriage license during COVID-19.

Williamson County Marriage License Requirements

  • You and your fiancé must go TOGETHER
  • Go no earlier than 30 days before the wedding
  • You’ll both need to take these 2 forms of ID:
  • Drivers License
  • Social security card
  • You must complete a marriage license application (see link below to complete this online BEFORE you go to the office).
  • You must pay the $100 fee in CASH. The website says they accept credit cards, but we have heard that this may no longer be correct. So take cash just to be on the safe side.
  • You must have a copy of your divorce decree signed by the judge, if you’re divorced.

For complete, detailed instructions about getting your marriage licenses in Williamson County, go here

If you cannot find your social security card, it is free to order a replacement but it can take time. You can request a replacement from the Vital Records department of the US government here.

PRO TIP: Save time and complete the marriage license application online BEFORE you go to the County Clerk’s office person. Click here and select the county where you plan you get your license, then select “marriage application.”

Did you know you can save $60 on the license fee if you complete premarital counseling? If you aren’t sure what this is or if you need it, you can talk with a CJ’s Off the Square alum Cadey Phipps. She offers premarital counseling right here in Nashville and is so lovely and down to earth. It’s free to give her a call and learn more about working with her. In addition to premarital counseling, she also specializes in working with women who may be experiencing high stress or anxiety during their engagement. You won’t regret speaking with her, promise!