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How To Get A Marriage License in Nashville

July 31, 2018
July 31, 2018

How To Get Your Marriage License in Nashville

Marriage License in Nashville

Good news! It is pretty easy to get a marriage license in the state of Tennessee!

If your wedding is in TN, you can get a license in any TN county. It doesn’t matter where you live or what county the wedding will be in. As long as the wedding is this state, you can get your license at any TN County Clerk’s office. This post will give you the details you need to get your marriage license in Davidson County (Nashville). 

For details on how to get your licence in Brentwood or Franklin, read this: 
How To Get Your Marriage License in Williamson County (Brentwood, Franklin)


Davidson County Marriage License Requirements

  • You and your fiance must go TOGETHER
  • You can go no earlier than 30 days before the wedding
  • You will both need to take these 2 forms of ID:
    • Proof of date of birth (any government issued ID like a passport or driver’s license)
    • Social security card
  • You must complete a marriage license application (see below).
  • You must pay the $99.50 fee. They accept cash or credit/debit cards but they DO NOT ACCEPT CHECKS!

For complete, detailed instructions about getting your marriage license in Davidson County, go here. https://www.nashvilleclerk.com/living/marriage-license/


If you cannot find your social security card, this is free 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.”



If you are planning a destination wedding at CJ’s Off the Square, we suggest going to the Williamson County Clerk’s office as the lines are much shorter than Davidson County. And as a bonus, once you get the license, you can walk over to Pueblo Real to celebrate with a margarita and quac!

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!


About the author: CJ Dickson is the owner and creative director of Nashville, TN wedding venue CJ’s Off the Square. She enjoys traveling around the world learning and speaking about weddings. She lives in Franklin, TN with her husband Andrew and two fur babies, Willoughby and Tara. When not watching PBS, she is probably on the patio enjoying a margarita (or three) and dancing to 80’s music with friends.


Photo: Jenna Henderson, Photographer