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Getting Married in Mississippi

Residents, visitors and those vacationing in The Magnolia State and who are also thinking of tying the knot down in an area that is steeped in Southern charm and culture might want to take a bit of time to do some research on what it takes to go about getting married in Mississippi. This is especially important for those who have decided to visit and are struck by the marriage bug all of a sudden.

As a rule, each county in Mississippi will set specific rules and regulations for what it takes to get married in that particular county, though all have to adhere to general Mississippi marriage licenses rules and regulations. Most people who are in the know about getting married in the United States advise people thinking of doing so to begin the paperwork preparation at least 30 days from the day of the hoped-for wedding ceremony.

All You Need to Know to Get Married in the Magnolia State


As far as destination weddings go, Mississippi can make for a great place to get hitched, because there are no residency requirements and general rules about Mississippi marriage licenses are fairly easy to adhere to.

When it comes to photo identification, as a city can be even more accommodating than is the norm throughout the rest of the country. Standard government-issued photo ID is acceptable, and if that is not available a document that shows evidence of age such as insurance policies or military discharge certificates (DD214) can be used.

Just to be safe, however, it's always a good idea to bring a certified copy of the birth certificate and a Social Security card or Social Security numbers in order to help avoid any possible snafus that may crop up at the last moment. Additionally, be prepared to supply the names of the parents of both persons involved in the wedding along with the maiden names of each person's mother.

If the plan is related to getting married in Mississippi and there was a previous marriage involved on the part of either party, that party is going to need to at least know the month, day and year in which the previous marriage was formally ended. Also, that party will need to sign an affidavit attesting to the fact that the marriage was ended as characterized.

There are several counties in the state that will require a certified copy of the divorce decree if the previous marriage was ended within the last six months. If the marriage ended because of the death of the other spouse, it might be a good idea to bring along a copy of the death certificate.
Like a couple of other states in the South, necessity will require a 72 hour waiting period from the time of issuance of the marriage license, though a judge in the district court system in the county where one of the participants in the wedding lives can waive this waiting period and if the participants are over 21 years of age.

Down south, cash talks and credit cards walk, so don't forget to bring plenty of money with you just in case. Normally, Mississippi marriage licenses were Mississippi marriage applications will run $22 and most of the counties in the state. Costs will always vary, though, so don't be surprised if the cost is more than a couple of these locales.

Mississippi is one of the few states that still require a blood test be taken prior to the marriage license issuance. The test must have been done within 30 days and can be from any lab in the state or elsewhere in the country. It must show that both participants are free from syphilis, and the lab itself must be registered as being able to perform premarital blood testing and listed with the US Department of Health and Human Services.