Written by Notary Public Sonita M. Leak
April 11, 2018 Revamped June 16, 2018
Podcast Recorded ON LOCATION at Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee Street
Greenville County, SC
Well, it’s official! If you, as a Marriage Officiant, are not signing that marriage license in Greenville County correctly, then they will be sending it right on back to you to complete the RIGHT WAY. The letter was ‘literally’ in the mail to all Wedding and Marriage Officiants who have listed themselves on the Greenville County Marriage Probate Notary list.
If you are a member of clergy, or a notary like me marrying couples in this area, please keep in mind, you must follow the rules (associated with this post):
Do not cross out information. (So looky here, you may want to just pay really close attention to what you’re doing and be very detailed when you complete the 3 copies of the marriage license).
The rules state to not stamp over information with your notary stamp or seal, however, your signing of the marriage license copies does not required neither stamp nor seal. If you look closely, there is already a seal affixed by the Probate Court office.
Do not abbreviate city nor county names. Therefore, putting G’ville instead of Greenville is unacceptable. I’d assume you also couldn’t put Sparkle City instead of Spartanburg.
Another item on the list, the marriage or wedding ceremony must be conducted inside of the State of South Carolina. Applying for the license in South Carolina and then traveling to North Carolina to have your service conducted is just fine, as long as an Officiant in South Carolina and that is registered to legally sign off of it, is registered to perform ceremonies in South Carolina.
And lastly, please write legibly, so that the person handling your licensure paperwork on the other end will not have to call you to find out what something says. All marriage licenses are to be penned in BLACK INK ONLY.
Remember officiants, YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE RULES or the marriage licenses you sign off on that are incorrect, will be returned!
All information contained herein is just that, for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. Please note that I am not an attorney, cannot and do not offer any type of legal advisement.
Your Local Greenville & Upstate Notary Public,
Sonita M. Leak
Owner of GreenvilleNotary.com