How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in North Carolina?
The weather in North Carolina is pretty great year-round. If you get married in North Carolina, you won’t be short on things to do and see such as the famed outer bank beaches, historical museums including the Wright Brothers & NASCAR hall of fame, and prestigious city life.
Rules and Regulations
If you plan on a wedding in the fair-weather state of North Carolina, you will need to know their rules and regulations for marriage.
- You must be 18 years old to be married in North Carolina without parental consent.
- If you are 16-17 years old, you will need written parental consent.
- If you are 15 or younger, you will need parental consent and a signed court order to be married.
- You do not need to reside in North Carolina to be married there.
- You must have at least two witnesses 18 or older present at your wedding.
- You do not need a blood test.
- Cousin marriage is permitted, but double-cousin marriage is not.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
Both of you must appear in person, together at the Register of Deed’s office in your county. If one of you cannot attend in person, you may bring a signed affidavit for your partner. You must have with you the following paperwork:
- A valid, current ID such as driver’s license, passport, military ID, green card, birth certificate or state ID.
- Both parties social security numbers.
- If you have been divorced within the past 60 days, you will need to bring your divorce decree also.
- A $60 application fee, payable only in cash.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period to get married in North Carolina, and you can get married the same day if you want. The license is only good for a period of 60-days so be sure to plan your wedding within that timeframe.
Who Can Officiate
Any ordained minister for any religious affiliation as well as magistrates and state-recognized, Indian Tribe may officiate at your wedding.
After the Wedding
You must return your wedding license to the office where you purchased it for filing and recording. You may then request a certified copy for yourself.
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.