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Cherokee County Probate Judge Tim Burgess Explains Changes in Alabama’s Marriage Law

Saying “I do” in the state of Alabama is now easier than ever.

Beginning August 29th getting married in Alabama became as simple as completing a state-provided form, having it notarized and returning it to a probate judge for recording – WEIS Radio News spoke with Cherokee County Probate Judge Tim Burgess about the procedure:

 

This change simply replaces the old method of obtaining a marriage license that required it be issued by a probate judge.  Now, the probate judge records that application as long as it’s returned within 30 days of being signed by both parties.  All other existing laws – including minimum age requirements for the couple do remain in place; there are no waiting periods, blood tests or residency requirements.

You have options in regard to filling out the new forms, you can pick them up at the Probate Office in the County Administration Building or download them – and for your convenience, we’ve added links below.  

The files can be filled out on-line, and printed out, which is preferable because it’s extremely important that they be LEGIBLE; any mistakes or question in regard to what is written will result in that paper work having to be re-done and re-submitted.  

Within these links, you will find a prompt for the actual paperwork to be filled out

Here is the document to be used by adult applicants.

Here is the document for applicants aged 16-17.

You can find a list of notaries in the state here.

Frequently Asked Questions re the Alabama Marriage Certificate

(Information provided in part by AL.COM/www.al.com)

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