North Carolina Marriage License FAQ

One thing that is forgotten about in wedding planning (and probably the most important) is your marriage license!  It is, after all, the only thing you TRULY need to get married.  Here are the basics:

1. When do I need to apply for my marriage license?

No more than 60 days before your ceremony date. That means if your wedding is on July 1, you need your marriage license on May 1 or closer.  Since it is only valid for 60 days, if you postpone your date, you will need to apply for a new marriage license.

2. What do I need to apply for my marriage license?

First of all, you need to be 15 years of age or older.  Second you will need to provide your Social Security Number and proof of that number.  You will need to bring your Social Security Card, a W-2, or a pay stub proving your Social Security Number.  Third you will need to provide your identification in the form of: Driver’s License, state-issued ID, Passport, Military ID, or certified copy of birth certificate.  If you are younger than 20, you must provide a birth certificate in addition to the other required documents.  Lastly, you both must be present to obtain your marriage license.

3. How much is a marriage license?

$60, cash only.

4. How do I apply for a marriage license?

You can apply online here or in person at your local register of deeds.

5. Do I need to be a resident of the state or county I’m marrying in to get a marriage license?

No, but you must get the license in the state you are marrying in.

6. What do I do after I obtain my marriage license?

You must be married by an ordained minister with two or more witnesses.

So to wrap it up,  here are the steps to take when applying for your marriage license:

Step 1: Fill out an application either online or in person.

Step 2: Go into your local Register of Deeds to obtain the marriage license.  Bring each of your Social Security Card, one form of ID and $60 cash.

Step 3: Get an ordained minister to marry you in front of two witnesses!

Easy as pie!

Love, Laughter, and Joy,

Courtney Shaver


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