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Offices

Murfreesboro
319 N Maple St.
Suite 121
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: (615) 898-7800
Fax: (615) 898-7830

Smyrna
205 I St.
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: (615) 459-9692
Fax: (615) 355-4118

New Location:
Eagleville

Eagleville City Hall
108 S. Main St
Eagleville, TN 37060
(615) 274-2922


Hours of Operation

Murfreesboro/Smyrna
8:00-4:00 Monday-Thursday
8:00-5:00 Friday

Eagleville
Open the first working
day of each week,
(one day per week)
8am-4pm
Office building closing one hour for lunch 12pm-1pm


We accept:
Cash
Checks*


*No out of state checks

 

Marriage License

A marriage license can be obtained at the County Clerk's office.

Office of the Rutherford County Clerk
319 North Maple Street, Suite 121
Murfreesboro , Tennessee 37130
Phone: (615) 898-7798

Office of the Rutherford County Clerk
205 I Street
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: (615) 459-9692

The Groom (male) and Bride (female) must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to obtain a marriage license. The Groom (male) and the Bride (female) 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
  • Passport
    And
  • 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.

A Civil Ceremony is available in the Clerk's Office. There is no additional cost for this service and no appointment is required.

Only upon return of the signed documents will the clerk provide the Bride and Groom 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?
Tennessee Code Annotated “36-3-113. Marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman only legally recognized marital contract” states:

(a) Tennessee’s marriage licensing laws reinforce, carry forward, and make explicit the long-standing public policy of this state to recognize the family as essential to social and economic order and the common good and as the fundamental building block of our society. To that end, it is further the public policy of this state that the historical institution and legal contract solemnizing the relationship of one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be the only legally recognized marital contract in this state in order to provide the unique and exclusive rights and privileges to marriage.

(b) The legal union in matrimony of only one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be the only recognized marriage in this state.

(c) Any policy, law or judicial interpretation that purports to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one (1) man and one (1) woman is contrary to the public policy of Tennessee.

(d) If another state or foreign jurisdiction issues a license for persons to marry which marriages are prohibited in this state, any such marriage shall be void and unenforceable in this state.
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 bride and groom’s name, 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

If you have any questions or comments please e-mail countyclerk@rutherfordcountytn.gov.

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