Chapels, Officiants & Marriage License Information The Officiant you select to preside over your wedding is an important facet to the ceremony. A level of comfort and rapport is desirable when inviting a person to participate in this important occasion. If vows will be taken through a church, temple mosque or chapel, often times you are paired with whomever is scheduled to conduct ceremonies for that day. If there is a family friend or a member of the clergy who is meaningful or special to you, ask if they might be welcome to preside over your nuptials. If you are planning a non traditional ceremony, (not performed in a place of organized religion) schedule interviews with available ministers or Notaries Public to see if they are a good choice for you both. If you seek a non-denominational religious ceremony, be sure to ask if the minister you interview is open to the wording you desire.
A Notary Public has a standard non-denominational ceremony they can perform but are usually willing to conduct the service you prefer. Ask if the prospective Officiant will allow you to write your own ceremony if that's what you wish or ask if they will work with you to write the ceremony as you envision it. Ask about his or her fees and whether it is inclusive of travel. The Officiant you choose will be a part of your wedding memories for all times. Take the time and choose who is right for you. Steps to obtaining a marriage license.
Steps to obtaining a marriage license in Charleston
Both the prospective bride and groom must apply at the same time at a South Carolina County Courthouse Marriage License Bureau. Courthouses are usually open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays only.
There is a 24-hour waiting period before the license can be picked up (by either the bride or the groom). When applying for the license, a fee, which may vary according to location, is collected. The Courthouse will accept CASH only; not a check or credit card. The fee is posted on the website for Charleston County.
In South Carolina, no blood test or physical is required. No proof of divorce is required, though instances are known where a clerk of court asked for proof of divorce if it had been less than a year. A driver's license and social security number are generally all that is needed. A birth certificate is not required. You do not need to be a resident of South Carolina OR the United States to marry in South Carolina., except in Myrtle Beach, which will not issue a marriage license to foreign nationals. Go to Georgetown or Charleston counties. Remember, if you wish to get married on a Saturday, you will need to apply for your license on Thursday. You may also apply earlier, licenses don't expire. Contact any South Carolina County Courthouse Marriage License Bureau for more information. You may obtain your license from any SC courthouse and use it in any other county.
Finding the Charleston County Courthouse
The Marriage License Bureau is located at 100 Broad Street, Suite 469, in the Judicial Center. The phone number is (843) 958-5183. For visitors to Charleston, this is near the intersection of Meeting and Broad streets, often referred to as "The Four Corners of Law". Take East Bay, Meeting Street or King Street south; this will intersect Broad Street.
If you are under 18 years of age, contact the Marriage License Bureau for further information about the requirements.
Your marriage license must accompany you and must be given to the officiant before the wedding ceremony or the wedding can not be performed.
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