Probate Court


Until we know more about the spread and containment of the COVID-19 virus, and the status of "stay at home" conditions, beginning Friday, March 27, 2020, the Court will process all marriage license applications by mail.  Call (803-684-8513) or email the Court ( to obtain the Application and the instructions for completing it.  Because of the quarantine of documents imposed by the S.C. Supreme Court and the time it will take for the mail, you need to allow at least ten (10) days between mailing the application to the Court and your wedding ceremony.  (NOTE HOWEVER: the Court does not guarantee delivery by the US Postal Service of any commercial delivery service, so please allow as much time as possible.)

In the interim, if you already have a ceremony planned prior to April 2020, and can provide satisfactory proof to the Court, you may apply in person until 4:30 on Thursday, April 2, 2020.  There is a 24 hour waiting period which cannot be waived by the Court, so the license will not be available for pick up until 4:30 on Friday, April 3, 2020.

To inhibit the spread of COVID 19, effective immediately York County Probate Court is taking the following measures, which will remain in place until further notice.

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The Probate Court is located in the York County Courthouse. The Courthouse is in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Liberty and Congress Streets in downtown York. There is a single entrance on the south side of the building, directly from the parking lot between the Courthouse at 2 S. Congress Street and the Government Center at 6 S. Congress Street, and there is handicapped parking at the entrance. Parking is also available on Congress Street and Liberty Street.

For general questions or to make an appointment, please call 803-684-8513 or email the Probate Court Office.

Jurisdiction & Responsibilities

The court handles various matters including the administration of decedents' estates, the issuance of marriage licenses, the appointment of guardians and conservators, and involuntary commitments. It is headed by an elected probate judge who serves a four-year term.

  1. Marriage Licenses
  2. Estates
  3. Guardianships & Conservatorships, Settlement Approval, Trusts
  4. Involuntary Commitments
Application for marriage licenses may be made between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The license may be used for ceremonies performed in South Carolina and the fee is $50.

If a couple has completed a qualifying premarital preparation course prior to applying for the license and presents a certificate of completion at the time of application, they may be eligible to receive a $50 non-refundable state income tax credit pursuant to SC. Code 20-1-230.

Certification of Completion of Premarital Preparation Course