Congratulations on your upcoming South Carolina wedding! You don't have to live in South Carolina to be married in the eyes of the state. However, a marriage license is required for residents and non-residents of the state to be legally married.
To be legally married in South Carolina you must first obtain a South Carolina Marriage License. Once the license is issued your ceremony may be held anywhere in the state. While most couples obtain their marriage license when they arrive at the beach, you may actually apply for your marriage license through any South Carolina county. South Carolina Marriage licenses are legal to use anywhere in the state.
How to obtain your South Carolina Marriage License
While each county may impose certain requirements the basic process for obtaining your marriage license is:
File a Marriage License Application in person at the Probate Court office
Provide proper Identification (Check with the specific county for identification requirements.)
Pay the Appropriate License Fee
Observe a 24 Hour Waiting Period
Pick up your Marriage License from the Probate office
Please note: All couples are required to observe a 24 hour waiting period prior to their license being issued. This simply means from the time your application is filed it will be 24 hours before the court will issue your marriage license. Also keep in mind Probate offices are only open M-F during normal business hours.
Where to obtain your South Carolina Marriage License
While most couples obtain their marriage license when they arrive at the beach, you may actually apply for your marriage license through any South Carolina county as South Carolina Marriage Licenses are legal to use anywhere in the state.
Myrtle Beach Area Probate Court Offices
Horry County Probate Court
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
License Fees: County Residents - $50, In-State Residents - $75,
Out of State Residents - $115)
Georgetown County Probate Court
401 Cleland Street, Room #140
Georgetown, SC 29440
(License Fee: $40)