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South Carolina Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in South Carolina. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in South Carolina. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of South Carolina.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: Sometimes
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
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  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 1 Day
  • Marriage License Valid For: Never Expires
  • Marriage License Return Within: 30 Days
  • Same-Sex Marriage Recognized: Yes

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in South Carolina

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in South Carolina

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in South Carolina

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in South Carolina to get an Ordination Package and to add a Letter of Good Standing to your order. While minister registration is not required in the state of South Carolina, it has been frequently reported to us by ULC ministers in the area that county clerks will ask for proof of your ordination before accepting any marriage you perform as having been legally solemnized. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in South Carolina

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their South Carolina marriage license from the appropriate office. This license will never expires, and there is a mandatory 1-day waiting period between when the couple picks up the marriage license in South Carolina and when the ceremony may legally be conducted. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office within 30 days of the ceremony. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in South Carolina, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new South Carolina wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.


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South Carolina Marriage Code

Marriage in South Carolina is governed by Chapter 1 of Title 20 of South Carolina's Code of Laws. Below, you will find that we have reproduced the relevant excerpts of this code.
SECTION 20-1-20. Persons who may perform marriage ceremony.

Only ministers of the Gospel, Jewish rabbis, officers authorized to administer oaths in this State, and the chief or spiritual leader of a Native American Indian entity recognized by the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs pursuant to Section 1-31-40 are authorized to administer a marriage ceremony in this State.

View the South Carolina Statutes on the official state site
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Abbeville County

Courthouse Court Square
PO Box 99
Abbeville, South Carolina
29620

Phone: (864) 366-5312
Fax: (864) 366-9188
Abbeville County website »

Aiken County

109 Park Avenue
PO Box 583
Aiken, South Carolina
29802

Phone: (803) 642-1587
Fax: (803) 642-1718
Aiken County website »

Allendale County

292 Barnwell Highway
PO Box 126
Allendale, South Carolina
29810

Phone: (803) 584-2737
Fax: (803) 584-7046
Allendale County website »

Anderson County

100 S. Main Street
PO Box 8002
Anderson, South Carolina
29622

Phone: (864) 260-4053
Fax: (864) 260-4715
Anderson County website »

Bamberg County

2959 Main Highway
PO Drawer 150
Bamberg, South Carolina
29003

Phone: (803) 245-3025
Fax: (803) 245-3088
Bamberg County website »

Barnwell County

141 Main Street
PO Box 723
Barnwell, South Carolina
29812

Phone: (803) 541-1020
Fax: (803) 541-1025
Barnwell County website »

Beaufort County

102 Ribaut Road
PO Box 1128
Beaufort, South Carolina
29901

Phone: (843) 470-5218
Fax: (843) 470-5248
Beaufort County website »

Berkeley County

300 B California Avenue
PO Box 219
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
29461

Phone: (843) 719-4400
Fax: (843) 719-4511
Berkeley County website »

Calhoun County

902 F.R. Huff Drive
PO Box 709
St. Matthews, South Carolina
29135

Phone: (803) 874-3524
Fax: (803) 874-1942
Calhoun County website »

Charleston County

100 Broad Street
Charleston, South Carolina
29401

Phone: (843) 958-5000
Fax: (843) 958-5020
Charleston County website »

Cherokee County

125 E. Floyd Baker Blvd
PO Drawer 2289
Gaffney, South Carolina
29342

Phone: (864) 487-2571
Fax: (864) 487-2754
Cherokee County website »

Chester County

140 Main Street
PO Drawer 580
Chester, South Carolina
29706

Phone: (803) 385-2605
Fax: (803) 581-7975
Chester County website »

Chesterfield County

200 West Main Street
PO Box 529
Chesterfield, South Carolina
29709

Phone: (843) 623-2574
Fax: (843) 623-6944
Chesterfield County website »

Clarendon County

PO Box 136
Manning, South Carolina
29102

Phone: (803) 435-4443
Fax: (803) 435-4844
Clarendon County website »

Colleton County

101 Hampton Street
PO Box 620
Walterboro, South Carolina
29488

Phone: (843) 549-5791
Fax: (843) 549-6857
Colleton County website »

Darlington County

1 Public Square
Darlington, South Carolina
29532

Phone: (843) 398-4330
Fax: (843) 393-6871
Darlington County website »

Dillon County

301 West Main Street
PO Box 1220
Dillon, South Carolina
29536

Phone: (843) 774-1425
Fax: (843) 841-3706
Dillon County website »

Dorchester County

5200 East Jim Bilton Boulevard
St. George, South Carolina
29477

Phone: (843) 563-0160
Fax: (843) 563-0178
Dorchester County website »

Edgefield County

129 Courthouse Square
PO Box 34
Edgefield, South Carolina
29824

Phone: (803) 637-4080
Fax: (803) 637-4117
Edgefield County website »

Fairfield County

101 South Congress St
PO Drawer 299
Winssboro, South Carolina
29180

Phone: (803) 712-6526
Fax: (803) 712-1506
Fairfield County website »

Florence County

180 North Irby Street
Florence, South Carolina
29501

Phone: (843) 665-3031
Fax: (843) 665-3097
Florence County website »

Georgetown County

401 Cleland Street
PO Box 479
Georgetown, South Carolina
29442

Phone: (843) 545-3036
Fax: (843) 545-3204
Georgetown County website »

Greenville County

305 E. North Street
Greenville, South Carolina
29601

Phone: (864) 467-8551
Fax: (864) 467-8540
Greenville County website »

Greenwood County

528 Monument St
Greenwood, South Carolina
29646

Phone: (864) 942-8546
Fax: (864) 942-8693
Greenwood County website »

Hampton County

1 Elm Street
PO Box 7, Courthouse Square
Hampton, South Carolina
29924

Phone: (803) 914-2250
Fax: (803) 914-2258
Hampton County website »

Horry County

1301 2nd Avenue
PO Box 677
Conway, South Carolina
29528

Phone: (843) 915-5080
Fax: (843) 915-6080
Horry County website »

Jasper County

265 Russell Street
PO Box 248
Ridgeland, South Carolina
29936

Phone: (843) 726-7710
Fax: (843) 726-7782
Jasper County website »

Kershaw County

1121 Broad Street
PO Box 1557
Camden, South Carolina
29021

Phone: (803) 425-1500
Fax: (803) 425-1505
Kershaw County website »

Lancaster County

104 N. Main Street
PO Box 1809
Lancaster, South Carolina
29721

Phone: (803) 285-1581
Fax: (803) 416-9388
Lancaster County website »

Laurens County

100 Hillcrest Square
PO Box 287
Laurens, South Carolina
29360

Phone: (864) 984-3538
Fax: (864) 984-7023
Laurens County website »

Lee County

Courthouse Square
PO Box 387
Bishopville, South Carolina
29010

Phone: (803) 484-5341
Fax: (803) 484-1632
Lee County website »

Lexington County

205 East Main Street
Lexington, South Carolina
29072

Phone: (803) 785-8212
Fax: (803) 785-8314
Lexington County website »

Marion County

100 West Court Street
PO Box 295
Marion, South Carolina
29571

Phone: (843) 423-8240
Fax: (843) 423-8242
Marion County website »

Marlboro County

105 Main Street
PO Drawer 996
Bennettsville, South Carolina
29512

Phone: (843) 479-5613
Fax: (843) 479-5640
Marlboro County website »

McCormick County

133 South Mine St
McCormick, South Carolina
29835

Phone: (864) 852-2195
Fax: (864) 852-0071
McCormick County website »

Newberry County

1226 College St
PO Drawer 10
Newberry, South Carolina
29108

Phone: (803) 321-2110
Fax: (803) 321-2111
Newberry County website »

Oconee County

205 W. Main Street
PO Box 678
Walhalla, South Carolina
29691

Phone: (864) 638-4283
Fax: (864) 638-4282
Oconee County website »

Orangeburg County

1406 Amelia Street
PO Box 9000
Orangeburg, South Carolina
29115

Phone: (803) 533-6263
Fax: (803) 534-3848
Orangeburg County website »

Pickens County

214 E. Main Street
PO Box 215
Pickens, South Carolina
29671

Phone: (864) 898-5857
Fax: (864) 898-5863
Pickens County website »

Richland County

1701 Main Street
PO Box 2766
Columbia, South Carolina
29202

Phone: (803) 576-1951
Fax: (803) 576-1785
Richland County website »

Saluda County

100 E. Church St.
County Courthouse
Saluda, South Carolina
29138

Phone: (864) 445-4500
Fax: (864) 445-3772
Saluda County website »

Spartanburg County

PO Box 3483
Spartanburg, South Carolina
29304

Phone: (864) 596-2591
Fax: (864) 596-2239
Spartanburg County website »

Sumter County

141 N. Main St.
Sumter, South Carolina
29150

Phone: (803) 436-2227
Fax: (803) 436-2223
Sumter County website »

Union County

210 W. Main Street
PO Box 703
Union, South Carolina
29379

Phone: (864) 429-1630
Fax: (864) 429-1715
Union County website »

Williamsburg County

125 W. Main Street
Kingstree, South Carolina
29556

Phone: (843) 355-9321
Fax: (843) 355-7821
Williamsburg County website »

York County

1675 -1G York Highway
PO Box 649
York, South Carolina
29745

Phone: (803) 628-3037
Fax: (803) 628-3226
York County website »