If I am 17 years old and my fiance is 18, what do we need to do in order to get a marriage license?

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If I am 17 years old and my fiance is 18, what do we need to do in order to get a marriage license?

Asked on May 9, 2011 under Family Law, South Carolina

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Here is what I have located regarding obtaining a marriage license in South Carolina. There are other requirements - like a waiting period - but I focused on the issue that I think you are raising: age of the parties.

"If you are 18 years old or older, you do not need parental consent. But you must provide proof of your age (or simply identification if you're over age 25) by presenting one of the following:

Valid driver's license; Original birth certificate or a certified copy of your birth certificate; Current military identification card; Current passport.

If you are under the age of 18, parental consent can be granted for boys and girls who are at least 16 years old. All minor applicants must file an original birth certificate or a certified copy of their birth certificate, which becomes a part of their permanent application record. The parent or legal guardian of a minor applicant must appear at the same time as the minor to present identification and sign a form consenting to the marriage." 

Good luck to you.


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