Marriage

Filing or Correcting a Marriage Certificate in Russell County, Alabama

How do we file for a marriage certificate?

Effective 8/29/2019, to obtain a certificate of marriage, you must go to the Alabama Department of Public Health Website. Click Below for State Form:

http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/vitalrecords/marriage-certificates.html

What do we do once we have the form?

When you are finished filling out the form, you are required to have the form notarized WITHIN THE STATE OF ALABAMA.

Forms can no longer be notarized outside of the State of Alabama EFFECTIVE 6/27/2022

We do offer notarization within our office.

The date of the last notary becomes your date of marriage.

Do we still have a wedding ceremony?

The requirement of a ceremony has been removed and is not a requirement to form a marriage. Ceremonies are not available within the courthouse. However, you are welcome to have a ceremony if you choose. You can find your own officiant below:

www.weddingwire.com or yellow pages

Do you need to correct a marriage certificate?

If your already filed marriage certificate (filed after 8/29/2019) contains an error, BOTH PARTIES may file an Amendment to Alabama Marriage Certificate and Decree of Correction. This form is very similar to the Alabama Marriage Certificate form. It is preferred that you file in the same county where you filed your original, but it is not required.

Filing fee is the same as an original certificate form.

For the Guidelines

Click Here

For the Amendment Form:

Click Here

Still have questions?

Questions about the law should be directed to the Center for Health Statistics at (334) 206-2714

Want to file a complaint about the new laws?

Contact Senator Greg Albritton at

(334)261-0843 or (251)937-0240

For filing information about marriage certificates

Please contact our office

334-298-7979


Common Errors to check for before filing:

Full Current Names (first, middle, last, and suffix)

listed in box 1 and 13

List 2 and 14 is your maiden last name only

Do Not list United States as your State of Birth

Mother's names are their full MAIDEN names

Make sure you sign and date in front of an ALABAMA notary

Do not use military date format.

Notary must sign, date, seal and have expiration date listed

Printed on one side only as actual size.

Cost to file the marriage certificate?

Filing a Marriage Certificate is $75.

(add fee for copies)

How do I get certified copies?

Certified Marriage Certificates are offered at a cost of $4.00 each. If either party is underage the copy fee is $5.00 each due to an extra page attached. They must be requested. Include this fee when filing.

When do I have to file?

It would be the responsibility of the couple to present a completed certificate to the office within 30 days of the last date the form was notarized. Be cautious of mailing times. We must receive it before the 30 day mark.

What times do you file marriage certificates?

You can bring your certificate into the office for filing.

Anyone can bring it in. We only need one person as long as it has already been notarized.

(remember ALABAMA notaries ONLY)

We are here Monday - Friday from 8:30 - 4 PM. Filing fee and copy fee is cash only when in person.

OR

You may mail your completed certificates in with a cover letter to include your contact information and a MONEY ORDER for your total.

Mailing Address:

Judge of Probate

Marriage Certificate Filing

PO Box 700

Phenix City, AL 36868-0700

If overnighting:

Judge of Probate

Marriage Certificate Filing

1000 Broad Street

Phenix City, AL 36867