Licenses & Legal

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Details, Details! One of the most important is the Marriage License. Those who officiate at weddings are instructed in no uncertain terms that no ceremony is to take place without that License in hand. In South Carolina, a couple must appear in person at the appropriate county office, provide proof of identity, fill in the proper forms and pay the applicable fee. If there is a previous divorce involved within the past twelve months, the Divorce Decree must also be presented. There is a 24-hour waiting period before any wedding can take place, but there are no blood tests or physical exams required. To get all the information you need for proceeding to the next steps, click here to get your questions answered.

For those planning to apply for their license at the Beaufort County government center on Hilton Head Island, please note that the office is only open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM by appointment only. For information call (843) 255-5850 for the Beaufort office or (843) 255-5866 for Hilton Head Island’s satellite office.

For those who are planning a beach wedding on Hilton Head Island, please note that a permit is required from the town prior to the ceremony. Click here to get the proper form for submission.


If the wedding is to take place in Georgia, click here for the appropriate information. Georgia does not require a waiting period.