Obtaining a Marriage License
Before your ceremony, you must fill out an application for your marriage license. This can be obtained from any county in South Carolina; however, marriage licenses from other states are not valid. You are not required to take a blood test before submitting a request for a marriage license. To obtain a marriage license, couples may fill out applications at:
Government & Justice Center
1301 2nd Ave.
There are also two satellite offices, one on the North Strand in Little River and the other on the South Strand in Surfside Beach:
Little River, SC
107 Hwy 57 North
Little River, SC
9630 Scipio Ln.
Surfside Beach, SC
Couples also have the option of downloading an application and filling it out at their convenience. Applications must be on file at least 24 hours before a license can be issued.
If you or your soon-to-be spouse is under the age of 18, you must have a copy of your birth certificate as well as notarized statements of consent from a parent or legal guardian. If you’re over the age of 18, you may use a driver's license, voter registration card, birth certificate, or passport to verify your age (a Social Security card or Alien ID card also may be required). The fee is $50 cash for all county residents, $75 cash for state residents, and $100 cash or money order for out-of-state residents and all others.
Public Property Permits
Obtaining permits for weddings on public property
If you’re looking to have your wedding on the beach, in a park or at another outside facility deemed as public property, take a peek at these details as they may prove to be helpful during the planning stages of your wedding.
The public beach - Commercially-produced weddings are not permitted on the public beach. Non-commercial weddings are allowed on the public beach.
Private portions of the beach -Only a handful of oceanfront lots extend to the high tide line, and the city has no jurisdiction for either commercially-produced or non-commercial weddings on those few lot extensions.
Public parks in commercial areas, by reservation - Commercially-produced and non-commercial weddings are permitted in public parks in the commercial areas of the city, with an approved Facility Use Permit. Contact the Parks Division at 843-918-2332. Shelter rental is required if a shelter exists at the park.
Public parks in commercial areas, without reservation. - Commercially-produced and non-commercial weddings are permitted without a Facility Use Permit. Other park users cannot be required to leave the park.
Parks in residential areas, by reservation - Commercially-produced weddings are prohibited. Non-commercial weddings are permitted with an approved Facility Use Permit. No insurance certificate is required. The city may deny a Facility Use Permit based on any factor, including traffic and neighborhood impact. Shelter rental is required if a shelter exists.
Parks in residential areas, without reservation - Commercially-produced weddings are prohibited. Non-commercial weddings are permitted with an approved Facility Use Permit. No insurance certificate is required. Other park users cannot be required to leave the park. Here's a list of city parks in commercial areas.
Hurl Rock Park
Ocean Boulevard at 20th Avenue South
Kings Highway at Ninth Avenue North
Justin W. Plyler Boardwalk Park
Ocean Blvd at Mr. Joe White Avenue (11th Ave. North)
Kings Highway at 16th Avenue North
Anderson Family Park
Ocean Boulevard at 20th Avenue North
Ocean Boulevard at 27th Avenue North
Gardens by the Sea
Ocean Boulevard at Haskell Circle
Mr. Joe White Avenue and Dunbar Street
Grand Park at The Market Common
For a request for proposal form (RFP) from North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, visit: http://www.nmbevents.com/component/option,com_facileforms/Itemid,59/
If opting to plan your wedding on the beach, please click on the link below to view the guidelines:
Certified Copy (1994 - present) $5.00
Pre-1994 research fee $10.00
Marriage Record Correction $6.75
For more information, call (843) 915-5370.