Buyer must present the following document: Bill of Sale.
Buyer must present documents to local probate office within 10 days
No strike-outs or alterations are permitted in assignments.
All signatures must be identical to names on the supporting
In-State Transfers When Previous Owner is Deceased:
If will was probated, buyer will present documents noted above along
with "Letters of Testamentary."
If will was not probated, buyer will present a death certificate and
a "Next of Kin" form
which must include the notarized signature of the individual named as
next of kin and a
certificated copy of a death certificate.
All documents must have the signature of the above named individual,
i.e., title, bill of sale, etc.
This information is provided for persons interested in obtaining a
marriage license in Escambia County.
Under Alabama law, marriage licenses issuance is purely ministerial and
probate judges have no discretion when carrying out this duty.
Accordingly, it is the policy of the Judge of Probate of Escambia
County to issue marriage licenses in strict compliance with and as
legally required under Alabama law. The information contained herein is
purely informational and should not be considered reflective of any
personal opinions or beliefs of the Judge of Probate, Escambia County,
or any persons under their employ.
At least one party must be a current resident of Escambia County, Alabama.
Both parties must be present to complete and sign the application
for a marriage license (no blood test required).
Both parties must be sober and competent to marry, (not declared
incompetent) and have the ability to comprehend and understand what they
The marriage license fee is $40.00 and is valid for 30 days from
the date of issuance.
The legal age to marry without parental consent is 18 years.
Individuals who are at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of
age may need to meet certain requirements as set out below.
The license is valid for marriages performed in any county in
Applicants divorced in Alabama less than 60 days before applying
for a marriage license may not purchase a marriage license unless he/she
is marrying his/her former spouse.
Guidelines for Marriage Licenses for Persons 18 Years
All marriage license applicants must provide their correct and entire
legal name. Photographic identification is strongly recommended as it
would avoid any unnecessary delays in verifying information required for
issuance of the license. Acceptable identification should be official
government-issued identification that provides sufficient proof that the
applicant is who the applicant represents he or she is. Acceptable forms
of identification include, but are not limited to the following:
driver's license, passport, military ID, original certified copy of
state issued birth certificate, other state issued ID, U.S. Government
issued ID (including Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card"), Employment
Authorization Card, etc.), or other identification issued by a state of
the United States, by a foreign country or state, or by an agency or a
subdivision of a state of the United States or of a foreign country or
Guidelines for Marriage Licenses for Persons 16 to 17
Years of Age
Under Alabama Code § 30-1-5, marriage license applicants who are at
least 16 years of age but under 18 years of age, who have not had a
former wife or husband, intending to marry require consent of both
parents or guardians of the minor to the marriage. Consent of the
parents or guardians of the minor must be given either personally or in
writing through a validly executed affidavit. The consent of both
parents as shown on the birth certificate is required regardless of the
circumstances, unless one's parental rights have been terminated. Sole
custody granted to one parent alone is insufficient to obviate the
requirement for the consent of the other parent.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Licenses are required for Alabama residents 16 years old and under
the age of 65 and
non-residents 16 years and older. Proof of residency for ninety (90)
days prior to purchasing
a license is required to qualify for a resident license. Applicants
must also have completed a
Hunter Education Course given regularly by the Department of
Conservation. Course information
is available from the department at (334)242-3467.
Applicants 65 years or older are not required to obtain a hunting
and fishing license,
but must have identification.
Persons engaged in the operation of a business must obtain proper
city and state/county
licenses prior to beginning operation. A business operating outside the
city limits may only be
required to purchase a state/county license.
There are several differences in city and state/county licenses. A
city license is issued at
City Hall, while the state/county license is issued through the county
in which the business is
located. In Escambia County, the state/county license must be purchased
at the Office of the
Judge of Probate in Escambia County, state/county licenses are valid for
a calendar year,
i.e., January 1 through December 31, while state/county business
licenses are valid for a fiscal
year, i.e., October 1 through September 30. State/county licenses must
be renewed by November
1 to avoid penalties and interest charges.
Many businesses are exempt from obtaining a state/county business
license. A determination
of exemption is made by the Business License Section of the Probate
Office. Office hours are
8 am through 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Information may be obtained
Persons who have never had an Alabama Driver License or ID card must
apply at the Alabama
State Trooper's testing office. for more information on the nearest
location contact the
probate office at (251)867-0301.
Persons applying for a driver license for the first time or for an
card must provide two forms of identification. Contact the State
Trooper Office for a list of
acceptable forms of identification. Persons applying for a driver
license will be administered
a written examination, an eye examination, and a road test. Persons
moving into Alabama from another
state may surrender the out-of-state license and take an eye
examination. Persons wishing to
obtain an identification card (including those with suspended Alabama
driver licenses) must
first apply at the Alabama State Trooper Office. An administrative fee
of $5.00 is required
for each application.
To complete the application process, applicants will receive an
issuance card that must be
taken to one of the local probate offices. The fee for a license or
identification card is $20.00.
A temporary license or ID card, with a picture, will be issued at the
probate office. The
original will be mailed at a later date from the Alabama Department of
Public Safety. Persons
not receiving their licenses within 60 days should contact the
Department of Public Safety at
Persons with a suspended driver license must apply to the Department
of Public Safety for
re-instatement. Upon payment of re-instatement fees, the applicant may
obtain a duplicate
driver license at any probate office in Alabama.
Note: Two forms of identification are required.
Persons 12 years and older operating motorized watercraft must have
an operator's license.
Information on certification may be obtained from the Alabama Department
of Conservation by
calling (334)242-3673. Certain restrictions apply.
Adoption is the legal procedure through which a minor (18 years or
younger) is recognized by
law as becoming the son or daughter of the adopting adult(s), and as
having all of the rights
and duties of such relationship, including the right of inheritance.
There are several
different types of adoptions, which includes related, unrelated,
private-placement. Through adoption, the adoptive parent(s) have the
same rights, duties, and
responsibilities of a natural parent. In all cases, the adoptive
parent needs to contact an
attorney to file the Petition for adoption in the county where the
minor lives, or where
the agency is located.
Before an adoption is granted, the only people with access to the
adoption records are the
Petitioner, the Petitioner's Attorney, any attorney appointed by the
Court, and the
investigator. After the adoption is granted, all documents pertaining
to the adoption are
recorded and sealed. An alternative for the adopted child who wishes to
attempt to locate
his/her parents, would be to contact the Alabama Department of Human
Resources at (334)242-9500.
After the adoption is granted, the adoptee's name will be changed as
requested by the Petitioner.