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It's easy to get married in Charleston.

Obtaining a marriage license is pretty simple and straightforward but there are few important facts to remember to make sure your day goes off without a hitch.

The bride and groom must appear in person in the office of the Probate Judge in historic downtown Charleston to fill out the marriage license application. The cost is $70, payable in cash only. You will need to apply for a marriage at least 24 hours in advance of your planned wedding date. If you want to get married on a Saturday or Sunday, you must apply for the license on Thursday in order to pick it up on Friday.

The minimum age for marriage in South Carolina is 18 (16 with parental permission -- the parent must be present when applying for a license). No blood test is required and you need not be a resident.

If you are a SC resident, you may apply in your county. It is valid anywhere in the state. If you are a non-resident near the border, you may apply at the nearest Probate Court.

Proper forms of identification (for those 18 to 25) include:

A valid driver's license
Birth certificate
Valid SC ID card
Current military ID card
Current passport

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(843) 881-1469



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