Honorable Greg Cain Morgan
Alabama Attorney General Opinion
State of Alabama Office of the Attorney General
January 29, 2019
County Probate Judge
Judges - Marriage Licenses - Social Security Numbers - Morgan
probate judge is required to obtain the social security
numbers for both parties to a marriage license if they have
social security numbers, and if both numbers are not given,
then no license may be issued.
probate judge is not authorized to remove social security
numbers from the applications of previously issued licenses.
security numbers should not be published on public records.
opinion of the Attorney General is issued in response to your
the probate judge issue a marriage license to a person that
has a social security number but refuses to disclose it?
the judge remove the number(s) from the application(s) of
previously issued licenses at the request of one of the
parties on the license?
licenses may be issued by the probate judges of each county.
Ala. Code §30-1-9 (2016). Section 30-3-194 of the Code
of Alab ama addresses the requirement for the collection of
social security numbers to issue various licenses in the
state. This section states, in pertinent part, as follows:
(a) Any agency charged with the administration of any law
concerning the issuance or renewal of a license, certificate,
or permit to engage in a profession, occupation, or
recreational, sporting, or commercial activity shall require
all applicants for issuance of the license, certificate, or
permit, to provide the applicant's Social Security number
to the agency, which agency shall record the Social Security
number on the application and related records maintained by