Legal Requirements

Couples are responsible for obtaining a Tennessee marriage license prior to their wedding ceremony in Tennessee. Marriage licenses are issued in each Tennessee County by the County Clerk and are valid for 30 days.

The office serving Nashville, TN is the Davidson County Clerk.

Website:  www.nashville­clerk.com/living/marriage-license

Phone: (615) 862-6256

Address: 700 Second Ave­nue South Nashville, Tn.  – Located in the Howard School Office Building

Tennessee marriage licenses require the signature of the bride and groom (obtained upon application at the clerk’s office) and of the officiant. There is an optional witness signature on the state form, but this is not required by law.

If you need to obtain a marriage license on Saturday: contact the Cheatham County Clerk

Website: www.cheathamcountytn.gov/govern­ment/countyclerk/index.html.

Phone: (615) 792-5179 


Couples coming from the Memphis area, especially those in Arkansas or Mississippi may choose to obtain their marriage license locally at the Shelby County Clerk in Memphis

Website: http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/index.aspx?NID=574

Phone: (901) 222-3000


Couples coming from the Chattanooga area, especially those coming from north Georgia, may want to obtain their license locally in Chattanooga at the Hamilton County Clerk.

Website: http://www. countyclerkanytime.com/marriage/default.html

Phone: (423) 209-6501

How to get your marriage license
How to get your marriage license