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Lisa Duke Crowell
319 N Maple St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: (615) 898-7800
Fax: (615) 898-7830
8AM - 4PM Monday-Thursday
8AM - 5PM Friday
205 I St.
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: (615) 459-9692
Fax: (615) 355-4118
8AM - 4PM Monday-Thursday
8AM - 5PM Friday
Eagleville City Hall
108 S. Main St
Eagleville, TN 37060
Open the first working
day of each week,
8AM - 4PM
Office building closing one hour for lunch 12PM-1PM
A marriage license can be obtained at the County Clerk's office.
The Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to obtain a marriage license. The Applicants are required to apply for the marriage license together in person and submit one of the following forms of identification:
Valid Driver's License
Valid State Identification Card
Military Identification Card
Social Security Number
A Fee of $107.50 is required when applying for the Marriage License. If you have a "Certificate of Completion" form from the County Clerk's office completed and notarized by the Counselor/Minister the fee is $45.00.
As of May 1, 2015, a civil ceremony will no longer be performed at the Rutherford County Clerk office (Murfreesboro and Smyrna locations).
Only upon return of the signed documents will the clerk provide the Applicants with their Marriage Certificate. The couple can pick-up their certificate at the County Clerk's office; the certificate will not be mailed.
The Marriage License is valid for thirty (30) days, including the day it is applied for. If you are not married within the thirty (30) days, you are required to return all marriage documents to the address shown above.
The Officiant (person who performs the marriage ceremony) is required to return the Marriage License within three (3) days after the date of the Marriage. The Applicants can return the license also.
How can I obtain a Marriage License if I am Disabled?
Anyone having a disability that prevents them from appearing in person to obtain a Marriage License, may submit a notarized statement containing the person’s name, age, current address and the names and address of the parents or guardian. This form can be obtained only in the Office of the Rutherford County Clerk in Murfreesboro.
How can I obtain a Marriage License if I am Incarcerated?
Anyone incarcerated desiring to obtain a Marriage License, may submit a notarized statement containing the person’s name, age, current address and the names and address of the parents or guardian. This form can be obtained only in the Office of the Rutherford County Clerk in Murfreesboro.
Can a Marriage License be Issued to a Relative?
Tennessee Code Annotated “36-3-101. Prohibited degrees of relationship” states:
Marriage cannot be contracted with a lineal ancestor or descendant, nor the lineal ancestor or descendant of either parent, nor the child of a grandparent, nor the lineal descendants of husband or wife, as the case may be, nor the husband or wife of a parent or lineal descendant.
Can a Marriage License be Issued to a Same Sex Couple?
Effective June 26, 2015, same sex couples may obtain a marriage license and be married in the state of Tennessee.
How can I get Certified Copies of My Marriage License?
In Person: You must know the date of marriage, the bride and groom’s name and pay a fee of $5.00.
The copy can only be obtained from the Murfreesboro Office (address below).
By Mail: You must know the date of marriage, the Applicants' names, pay a fee of $6.00 and mail the request to the following address:
Office of the Rutherford County Clerk
319 North Maple Street, Suite 121
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Tennessee Code Annotated ì36-3-301. Persons who may solemnize marriages states
(1) All regular ministers, preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis and other spiritual leaders of every religious belief, more than eighteen (18) years of age, having the care of souls, and all members of the county legislative bodies, county executives, judges, chancellors, former chancellors and former judges of this state, former county executives of this state, the governor, the speaker of the senate and former speakers of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and former speakers of the house of representatives, the county clerk of each county and the mayor of any municipality in the state may solemnize the rite of matrimony. For the purposes of this section, the several judges of the United States courts, including United States magistrates and United States bankruptcy judges, who are citizens of Tennessee are deemed to be judges of this state. The amendments to this section by Acts 1987, ch. 336 which applied provisions of this section to certain former judges do not apply to any judge who has been convicted of a felony or who has been removed from office.
(2) In order to solemnize the rite of matrimony, any such minister, preacher, pastor, priest, rabbi or other spiritual leader must be ordained or otherwise designated in conformity with the customs of a church, temple or other religious group or organization; and such customs must provide for such ordination or designation by a considered, deliberate, and responsible act.
(3) If any marriage has been entered into by license issued pursuant to this chapter at which any minister officiated before June 1, 1999, such marriage shall not be invalid because the requirements of the preceding subdivision (2) have not been met.
The traditional marriage rite of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), whereby the parties simply pledge their vows one to another in the presence of the congregation, constitutes an equally effective solemnization.
Any gratuity received by a county executive, county clerk or municipal mayor for the solemnization of a marriage, whether performed during or after such person regular working hours, shall be retained by such person as personal renumeration for such services, in addition to any other sources of compensation such person might receive, and such gratuity shall not be paid into the county general fund or the treasury of such municipality.
If any marriage has been entered into by license regularly issued at which a county executive officiated prior to April 24, 1981, such marriage shall be valid and is hereby declared to be in full compliance with the laws of this state.
For the purposes of this section, retired judges of this state is construed to include persons who served as judges of any municipal or county court in any county which has adopted a metropolitan form of government and person who served as county judges (judges of the quarterly county court) prior to the 1978 constitutional amendments.
If any marriage has been entered into by license regularly issued at which a retired judge of this state officiated prior to April 13, 1984, such marriage shall be valid and is hereby declared to be in full compliance with the laws of this state.
If any marriage has been entered into by license issued pursuant to this chapter at which a judicial commissioner officiated prior to March 28, 1991, such marriage is valid and is declared to be in full compliance with the laws of this state.
The judge of the general sessions court of any county, and any former judge of any general sessions court, may solemnize the rite of matrimony in any county of this state. Any marriage performed by any judge of the general sessions court in any county of this state before March 16, 1994, shall be valid and declared to be in full compliance with the laws of this state.
All elected officials and former officials, who are authorized to solemnize the rite of matrimony pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a), may solemnize the rite of matrimony in any county of this state.
If any marriage has been entered into by license issued pursuant to this chapter at which a county executive officiated outside such executive county prior to May 29, 1997, such marriage is valid and is declared to be in full compliance with the laws of this state.