The application for a marriage license filed before a license is issued will normally
call for the bride's and groom's DB or age. The age or DB may also be shown on the
marriage certificate itself.
The chart which follows in E. below shows the minimum legal age for marrying without
consent of parent or guardian in effect in each State at various time internals since
1900. This chart will alert you to those situations in which the applicant may have
given an incorrect age in order to marry without parental consent.
The chart is furnished solely for use in considering the probative value of a marriage
record as proof of age. It should not be used to determine the validity or invalidity of a particular marriage.
No information is given regarding certain specific exceptions in some State laws such
as previous marriages, pregnancy, no parent or guardian competent to act, etc.
NOTE: There is no provision for consent by parents and the age referred to is the minimum
marriageable age fixed by statute in the following States:
Tennessee (for 1919 - 1936 and 1937 - present records).