State Tennessee Getting Married Inback to States


Tennessee recognizes only straight unions.

Current Legislation:

The current legislation in place is a constitutional ban against same-sex marriages.


Do I have to reside in Tennessee to get married there?

You do not have to be a resident of Tennessee to get married there.

How can I apply for a marriage license?

Gay and Lesbian Couples: Currently, the state government does not recognize same-sex marriages, so unfortunately licenses are not available to gay and lesbian couples.

Straight Couples: Both parties must be present when applying for a marriage license with the clerk of court’s office.

What are the fees?

The cost for a marriage license varies from county to county, averaging at around $100. If the couples have proof of a prenuptial counseling course, $60 will be deducted from the fee.

Is there a waiting period?

There is no waiting period but the license will expire 30 days after it is issued.

What documentation do I need?

Both parties must provide proof of age using government-issued photo ID and certified birth certificate or a passport, as well as proof of Social Security number. If previously married, you will need to provide a certified divorce decree or death certificate.

Is a blood test required?


Who can marry us and are witnesses required?

Religious leaders, mayors, current and former judges, county and deputy clerks, and members of the county legislative body can officiate the ceremony. The officiant must perform a formal act in which the man and woman assume the status of husband and wife. No witnesses are required.

How can I change my name?

With a marriage license: Obtain several certified copies from the county clerk’s office where your license was filed, as you will need these throughout the name changing process. Fill out an application for a new Social Security card (which can be found here) and go to your local Social Security Administration office (be sure to get there before it opens) with a certified copy of your marriage license, photo proof of identity such as a driver’s license and original proof of citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate. Be sure to change it with the DMV, your employer, your bank, etc.

Any adult Tennessee resident can formally change their name without a marriage license, but it must be done in your county of residence. To do so, you must file a notarized Name Change Petition” from your county court clerk’s office. You will be scheduled a hearing which you will present your case for the judge to review. Once approved, you’ll be given a Name Change Decree which you’ll use to submit the change to the DMV, employer, the Social Security Administration, etc.

**Disclaimer: Requirements and protocols are subject change. Please regard the above information as a guide only, not professional legal advice. It is important to confirm the information with your specific county and state of residence before the wedding.