Probate Judge James E. Tatum

Beginning August 29, 2019, couples in Alabama will begin following a different path in the process of becoming legally married, as lawmakers approved a bill in the 2019 legislative session, signed by Governor Ivey, that changes documents and proceedings necessary for a marriage to be valid.

The new law removes the need for a license to be obtained in advance. Additionally, while couples certainly may have a ceremony if they wish, a ceremony will no longer be required.

As of August 29, 2019, a couple desiring to marry simply have to do the following:

• Complete the form provided by the State of Alabama

• Take the form to a notary to sign and have notarized

• Deliver the form to the Judge of Probate Office for recording, along with the filing fee, within 30 days of the signatures

The required form and instructions will be available online through the Department of Public Health.

The form must be notarized before bringing it into the Judge of Probate Office for filing.

If a couple plans to get married August 29 or later, they will need to comply with the new law and procedure.

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