NC Marriage License Requirements

Purchasing Your Marriage License

All North Carolina weddings require a marriage license issued by an NC Register of Deeds office. Out of state marriage license applications are not valid in NC.

Register of Deeds office hours are generally 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, M - F, but times may vary by county. The offices are not open evenings or weekends.

Both individuals must be present when applying for the marriage license.

The marriage license is $60.00 cash, required at purchase.

Immediately upon issuance, the license is valid for 60 days from the date of purchase.

You do not need to purchase your marriage license in the same county you intend to marry, but the license must be returned to the issuing office for filing within 10 days of the wedding. (I will handle the filing for you.)

By NC state law, each couple must purchase their marriage license themselves. The minister cannot purchase or provide the license for you.


Forms of ID

Both individuals must provide their Social Security numbers, with verification through their Social Security card or W-2 form.

21+ years of age - a second ID is required with the Social Security number. You may use any of the following, provided they are current; driver’s license, state ID card, Passport, active military ID

20 years of age or younger must have a certified copy of their Birth Certificate and meet all requirements of their county.

Divorced applicants may be required to provide the date of their divorce. Some counties may request an original or certified copy of the Divorce Decree. Because not all counties are uniform in their requirements, it is recommended that you call the office at which you intend to apply for your license to learn of their specific requirements before you go.

Not an American citizen - It is best to call the office where you intend to apply for your license to learn what paperwork will be required by the state. Please be sure to allow ample time in your planning if further paperwork is required. International mailing times can vary greatly.



Register of Deeds Offices

- Triangle and Surrounding Counties -


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