After the Marriage Ceremony

Completed Marriage License

So, your wedding ceremony is over, you have signed your marriage license. What happens next?

completed south carolina marriage license
Completed South Carolina Marriage License

South Carolina is different from every other state in the US. In every other state, the license is signed and returned to the court. The court then issues a certificate of marriage. In South Carolina, your marriage license becomes your Certificate of Marriage. There are 3 copies of the license, all of which you signed, and one of them is yours to keep and take with you. It already has the court seal imprinted on it, the judges signature, and the officiants signature and information.

You will not receive anything else from the court.

Your marriage officiant is responsible for returning the other two completed copies to the probate court. He or she has 15 days to do so, but in my case I send them in immediately.

If you need a certified copy of your marriage certificate (like the one pictured above) for whatever reason, you can get one from the court that issued the license for a small fee.