Alabama marriage license fees set to increase January 1st

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – The cost to get married is going up on January 1, 2016. In an effort to sustain a statewide initiative against domestic violence, legislators doubled the cost of licenses.

Clerks in the Colbert County Probate Judge’s Office aren’t too overwhelmed with tag and license renewals in December.

However, the group is taking the time to prepare to field questions about the costs of marriage licenses going up.

“I think it’s important to realize this is a statewide act and not a local act. The fees will be increased from $30 to $60,” explained Colbert County Probate Judge Daniel Rosser.

In June, Governor Bentley signed House Bill 320 into law.  The legislation is designed to give greater protection and assistance to victims of domestic violence.

It also created a Domestic Violence Trust Fund to help operate shelters and provide assistance programs for domestic violence victims across the state.

The funding mechanism for the program is to increase what it costs to get married.

“Most importantly, I just want people to know about this so they can plan for it,” Rosser said. “I think it’s good policy to get out in front of things like this and let people know these fees will be increased.”

So, if you decide to get married in Colbert County, starting next month it will cost you $70 to do so.

Of the $70 being collected for marriage licenses starting in January, Colbert County keeps $10 to deposit into its general fund.

Each county government across the state sets their own local fee, so prices from county to county could be different.