The state of Georgia is located in the southeastern of United States of America. It was in the year of 1732 when Georgia was established and was the last of the original Thirteen Colonies. The state was also named after King George II of Great Britain. On January 2, 1788, Georgia was known to be the fourth state that authorizes the United States Constitution. It is the 24th most extensive and the 19th most populous of the 50 states of the country. The state is bordered on the south by Florida, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and South Carolina, on the West by Alabama and on the north by Tennessee and North Carolina. Mostly people know Georgia as the Peach State and Empire State of the South. Georgia states Department of Public Health provides general information and good service on its vital records including Georgia Marriage Records Search.
The capital state of Georgia and the most populous city is Atlanta. It is located in northern central Georgia at the Eastern Continental Divide and has been the capital city since 1868. The Georgia government is based on the separation of legislative, executive and judicial power the same as with other states in the country. It consists of 159 counties with own elected legislative branch, usually called the Board of Commissioners, which usually also has executive authority in the country. Georgia had adopted Sole Commissioner Government counties and its constitution provides all counties and cities with home rule authority, as a result, the county commissions have considerable power to pass legislation within their county as a municipality would.
Vital Records are documents of life events that are kept under governmental authority, including birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates, criminal records and Divorce Records. Vital records are considered to be primary source of information because of detailed information it contained. It is the state vital record office who maintains birth and death records from 1919 up to present and marriage application and licenses from 1952-1996 up to present. County files only contain records of vital events that occurred only in that county.
Other historical information is currently available in Georgia Division of Archives and History. They maintained a large library containing a large public collection of historical records and genealogical histories. For marriage license applicants, they must present a valid identification, like driver license, passport, security identification card or a birth certificate is accepted. This are required for identification purposes and age verification especially for under age applicants. Documents that are printed in other language aside from English will be required to hire a notary to type a certified translation.
For previously married applicants, they are required to present a divorce decree to the court to be able to apply. Marriage license fees vary by county. However, applicants who do not want to pay the license fee can earn a premarital education program certificate. It is a six hour class that reviews basic marriage lessons such as budgeting and conflict resolution.
The Marriage Records of the state are updated and maintained by the Department of Public Health. Only the applicant, immediate family member or a legal representative of the applicant with an authorization letter are allowed to get a vital record. For requests of a marriage record that is dated from 1952 or after the year of 1996 should first call the probate court where the marriage was held for confirmation purposes. It will cost ten dollars for a marriage record and five dollars each for additional copy of the record.