Marriage License

Important Information Regarding Changes Resulting from Covid-19

If you have purchased a Marriage License and it was set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 31, 2020, then the expiration date has been extended until June 30, 2020.

Marriage license and notary commission services are fully operational at our main office.  Marriage license applicants must submit an application online before visiting the office. Security will be on hand to limit the number of people entering the office and will only allow access to the customers transacting business.  All persons entering a building owned, managed or leased by Metro shall wear a cloth face covering or mask.



Proof of date of birth such as government issued photo identification



The marriage license is valid for thirty (30) days from issuance and is good for ceremonies performed anywhere in Tennessee. The only marriage law information available from this office pertains to Tennessee only. We do not provide information on divorce or annulment.


You may apply online by clicking here and clicking on Marriage Application.

Pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. 36-3-104(a) (1997), “No county clerk nor deputy clerk shall issue a marriage license until the applicants make an application in writing, stating the names, ages, addresses and social security numbers of both the proposed …contracting parties and the names and addresses of the parents, guardian or next of kin of both parties.” The application must be sworn to by both parties. Id. The requirement of a social security number was added by legislative amendment, Acts 1997, ch. 551, 30, effective July 1, 1997.



How do I obtain a certified copy of my marriage license?
If you obtained your marriage license in Davidson County within the past ten years, your records are located in our office. Mail a written request including both applicants full names, the date of the marriage, and $5.00 for each copy requested. To request online click here. Please make your check payable to the Davidson County Clerk’s Office. Mail your request to the Davidson County Clerk’s Office, Attention Marriage Department, P.O. Box 196333, Nashville, TN 37219-6333. Requests are processed and returned the same day they are received. Download a form to request a copy of your marriage certificate.

If you need a copy of a marriage license of someone married in Davidson County between 1780 and 1992, contact Metro Archives.

If you need a copy of a marriage license of someone married in Tennessee within the last 50 years, contact Tennessee Vital Records.

Who can solemnize a marriage?
Click here for more information.

Why should we participate in the premarital preparation course?
Tennessee’s voluntary premarital preparation course is an attempt to lessen the number of divorces in the state. Participants receive a $60 discount on the purchase of a marriage license. Click here for the form and all of the details.

What happens if I purchase a marriage license but don’t get married?

If a marriage license application is not signed by an officiant solemnizing the marriage and returned to our office the marriage is not recorded in the County’s Marriage Registry.  The marriage license fee is non-refundable, however, the $5 fee for a certified copy of the marriage certificate will be refunded upon request.

What are some of the restrictions of who can get married?

Click here for more information on the minimum age of marriage applicants.

Does Tennessee recognize Common Law Marriages?
Marriage is controlled by statute and not common law in Tennessee. Although Tennessee does not recognize common law marriages, Tennessee will recognize a valid common law marriage entered into in a jurisdiction which recognizes common law marriages. In re Estate of Glover, 882 S.W.2d 789 (Tenn. App 1994); Andrew v. Signal Auto Parts, Inc., 492 S.W.2d 222 (Tenn. 1972); Lightsey v. Lightsey, 407 S.W.2d 684, 56 Tenn. App 394 (Tenn. App 1966); Troxel v. Jones, 322 S.W.2d 251, 45 Tenn. App 264 (tenn. App. 1959). But see Crawford v Crawford, 198 Tenn. 9, 277 S.W.2d 389 (1955) (parties may be estopped to deny marriage, as between themselves, in exceptional circumstances).

How can I research or get a copy of a family member’s marriage license?
Contact the Tennessee Vital Records office at 615-741-1763.

If you have any questions not answered in the above information, please call us at (615) 862-6256.