How Do I Obtain a Certified Copy of My Marriage License?

The Metro Archives houses Davidson County marriage records from 1789 to 2002. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of your marriage license, Metro Archives staff will assist you. You can pick up your marriage license in person, or we can send it to you via postal mail. It is not necessary to provide us with any I.D. or application forms.

The fee for a marriage license is $5.00 per copy, which you can pay via cash, check, or money order. We are unable to take payments over the phone, but you may mail your payment to us or pay in person.

Please be prepared to give the names of the bride (with maiden name) and the groom, as well as the date of the marriage. We do not have a database of our marriage records past 1863, and so our searches must be done by looking in the original volumes. Because of this, it is important that you have as close an estimate of the date of the marriage as possible if you are unsure of the exact date so that we can assist you in a timely manner.

The Metro Archives only keeps marriage records from Davidson County, and does not have access to records from other counties in Tennessee. If you are unsure of the date and/or county of your marriage, the Shelby County Register of Deeds website has a searchable index for all Tennessee marriage between 1980 and 2009.

For Davidson County marriage records within the past ten years, please contact the Davidson County Clerk's Office.

For Tennessee marriage records within the past 50 years, please contact Tennessee State Vital Records.

You may also request a copy of your marriage license online.