South Carolina Marriage Laws

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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

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

901 W. Greenwood Street
Abbeville, South Carolina

Phone: (864) 366-5312
Fax: (864) 366-4023
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Aiken County

109 Park Avenue SE | Room E126
Aiken, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 642-2009
Fax: (803) 642-2007
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Allendale County

PO Box 126
Allendale, South Carolina

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

Anderson County

PO Box 8002
Anderson, South Carolina

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

Bamberg County

2959 Maing Highway, Room 103
Bamberg, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 245-3008
Fax: (803) 245-3195
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Barnwell County

Barnwell Co. Courthouse, 1st Floor, Room 108
Barnwell, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 541-1031
Fax: (803) 541-1012
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Beaufort County

P. O. Box 1083
Beaufort, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 255-5857
Fax: (843) 255-9447
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Berkeley County

300-B California Avenue
Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 719-4519
Fax: (843) 719-4527
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Calhoun County

902 F R Huff Dr
St Matthews, South Carolina

Calhoun County website »

Charleston County

100 Broad Street, Suite 469
Charleston, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 958-5183
Fax: (843) 958-5191
Charleston County website »

Cherokee County

110 Railroad Avenue
Gaffney, South Carolina

Cherokee County website »

Chester County

PO Box 580
Chester, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 385-2604
Fax: (855) 932-9283
Chester County website »

Chesterfield County

Courthouse, 200 West Main Street
Chesterfield, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 623-2376
Fax: (843) 623-9886
Chesterfield County website »

Clarendon County

411 Sunset Dr.
Manning, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 435-4444
Fax: (803) 435-6834
Clarendon County website »

Colleton County

239 N. Jefferies Blvd., P.O. Box 1036
Walterboro, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 549-7216
Fax: (843) 549-5571
Colleton County website »

Darlington County

1 Public Square, 2nd Floor, Room 208
Darlington, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 398-4310
Fax: (843) 398-4076
Darlington County website »

Dillon County

401 W Main St Room 303, P O Box 189
Dillon, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 774-1423
Fax: (843) 841-3732
Dillon County website »

Dorchester County

5200 East Jim Bilton Boulevard
St. George, South Carolina

Dorchester County website »

Edgefield County

PO Box 45
Edgefield, South Carolina

Edgefield County website »

Fairfield County

P. O. Box 385
Winnsboro, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 712-6519
Fax: (803) 712-6939
Fairfield County website »

Florence County

180 N Irby St # Msc-L
Florence, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 665-3085
Fax: (843) 665-3068
Florence County website »

Georgetown County

P.O. Box 421270
Georgetown, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 545-3274
Fax: (843) 545-3512
Georgetown County website »

Greenville County

Greenville County Square, Suite 5600
Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville County website »

Greenwood County

528 Monument Street, Room 205
Greenwood, South Carolina

Phone: (864) 942-8625
Fax: (864) 942-8620
Greenwood County website »

Hampton County

1 Courthouse Square
Hampton, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 914-2172
Fax: (803) 914-2183
Hampton County website »

Horry County

P.O. Box 288
Conway, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 915-5370
Fax: (843) 915-6370
Horry County website »

Jasper County

Post Office Box 1028
Ridegland, South Carolina

Jasper County website »

Kershaw County

1121 Broad Street
Camden, South Carolina

Kershaw County website »

Lancaster County

Post Office Box 1809
Lancaster, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 283-3379
Fax: (803) 283-3370
Lancaster County website »

Laurens County

100 HILLCREST SQUARE-SUITE B
Laurens, South Carolina

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

Lee County

123 South Main Street
Bishopville, South Carolina

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

Lexington County

205 East Main Street
Lexington, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 785-8212
Fax: (803) 785-2215
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Marion County

100 West Court Street
Marion, South Carolina

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

Marlboro County

PO Drawer 996
Bennettsville, South Carolina

Phone: (843) 479-5613
Fax: (843) 479-5653
Marlboro County website »

McCormick County

133 South Mine Street Rm 102
McCormick, South Carolina

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

Newberry County

1226 College Street
Newberry, South Carolina

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

Oconee County

PO Box 678
Walhalla, South Carolina

Phone: (864) 638-4280
Fax: (864) 638-4282
Oconee County website »

Orangeburg County

151 Docket Street
Orangeburg, South Carolina

Orangeburg County website »

Pickens County

PO Box 215
Pickens, South Carolina

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

Richland County

1701 Main Street, Room 205
Columbia, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 576-1950
Fax: (803) 576-1785
Richland County website »

Saluda County

100 East Church Street
Saluda, South Carolina

Phone: (864) 445-4500
Fax: (864) 445-9726
Saluda County website »

Spartanburg County

180 Magnolia Street 1st Floor, Suite 302
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Spartanburg County website »

Sumter County

215 N. Harvin St
Sumter, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 436-2166
Fax: (803) 436-2407
Sumter County website »

Union County

210 W. Main Street
Union, South Carolina

Phone: (864) 429-1600
Fax: (864) 429-1603
Union County website »

Williamsburg County

201 West Main Street
Kingstree, South Carolina

Williamsburg County website »

York County

2 S. Congress Street
York, South Carolina

Phone: (803) 684-8513
Fax: (803) 684-8536
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