Marriage License for Incarcerated

This information applies only when one of the applicants is in prison. If one of the applicants is in jail (as opposed to prison), it is not possible to obtain a marriage license.

If the applicant is in prison, we rely on the help of the Probate Court in the county where the prison is located. It is completely up to the Probate Court in that county as to whether or not they will send someone to the prison, or appoint a Special Deputy at the prison to obtain the information we need. If it is their policy not to send a Deputy Clerk to the prison, or appoint a Special Deputy at the prison, then we will not be able to issue the marriage license.

Our Court is only responsible for issuing the marriage license. It is up to the applicant to check with the warden and make arrangements with the prison regarding wedding ceremonies.
At least one of the applicants must be a Greene County Resident. If the applicant who is not incarcerated, is not a Greene County resident, then you must provide proof that the prisoner was a resident of Greene County at the time of his/her arrest.

Step One:


The applicant who is not incarcerated, must come to Greene County Probate Court between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. That applicant must bring the following information:
  • His/her own valid driver's license or state ID with date of birth and current address. In lieu of a valid driver's license or state ID, the Court will accept a birth certificate and social security card. All social security numbers are held in confidence. If the address on the ID is not your current address, you may bring a piece of mail addressed to you at your current address in order to prove residency.
  • The following information regarding the applicant in prison:
    • A valid drivers license or state ID with date of birth on it. In lieu of a valid driver's license or state ID, the Court will accept a birth certificate and social security card. All social security numbers are held in confidence.
    • If the prisoner was a Greene County resident at the time of his/her arrest, and the other applicant is not a resident of Greene County, then we must see proof of the address for the prisoner at the time of his/her arrest.

If either applicant has been married before:

  • The applicant must provide a copy of the most recent divorce or dissolution decree. The copy must have the case number, the Judge's signature, and the Court's time-stamp on it.
  • If either applicant has been married more than once previously, that applicant must provide us with the following information regarding the earlier marriages (but we do not require proof of this information):
    • Name of previous spouse
    • County and State where divorce/dissolution/annulment took place
    • Date of divorce/dissolution/annulment, or date of death, if prior spouse deceased
    • Case number of the divorce/dissolution/annulment
    • Names and ages of any children from that marriage who are currently minors

If Either Applicant Has Had a Legal Name Change:

  • That applicant must provide a copy of the Judgment Entry changing the name. The Judgment Entry must have the Court stamp on it, as well as a Judge's signature.

Step Two:


During the initial appointment we will prepare the marriage license and obtain the signature of the person who is not incarcerated. We will then send the license to the County where the prison is located. The Probate Court in that County will obtain the prisoner's signature and then mail the license back to us.

Step Three:


Once we have received the information back from the other County, the person who is not incarcerated will come back to the Court between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The applicant must bring the following:
  • $65.00 cash only. We do not accept checks, credit cards or debit cards.
Once we collect the filing fee of $65.00, we will issue the marriage license. The license is good for 60 days. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the prison and make arrangements for the marriage ceremony during that time.