Probate Court


                Beginning June 15, 2020, couples may again apply in person for marriage licenses at the Courthouse. Please call or email for an appointment at least 24 hours in advance and keep in mind there is a 24 hour waiting period after application is made.   YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT TO APPLY.

                Until June 15th the Court will continue to process all marriage license applications by mail. Call or email to get the Application and Instructions and allow at least 10 days between application and the ceremony. The Court does not guarantee delivery by the USPS or commercial services so please allow as much time as possible. 

To inhibit the spread of COVID-19, 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