North Carolina Marriage License Requirements

How To Get A Marriage License In North Carolina

If you're headed down the aisle in North Carolina, you'll need a marriage license. You can get one by filing an application with a County Register of Deeds Office.

You'll both need to appear at the clerk's office, fill out an application, sign it, and pay a license fee, usually $60. You can get your marriage license immediately (there isn't a waiting period).

What If I Was Previously Married?

If either person was previously married, he or she will need to provide the date of divorce or the date of the prior spouse's death. However, if the divorce was within 60 days, you'll need to have a signed copy of the divorce decree.

Do I Need To Get A Blood Test To Get Married In North Carolina?

No, you don't have to have a physical examination or get a blood test to receive a marriage license in North Carolina.

The following table highlights the main provisions of North Carolina's marriage license requirements. See Marriage License Requirements By State, Marriage Laws Overview, Prenuptial Agreements, Tips for Marriage, and Marriage FAQs for more information.

Code Section North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 51 Marriage
Where to Obtain a License County Registrar of Deeds
Age Requirements

16 and 17 year olds can marry with parental consent, and 14 and 15 year olds can marry with a court order

Residency Requirement None
Identification Requirements

Both parties must have picture identification (Driver license, Military ID, Passport)
Both parties must provide typed proof of their social security number showing full name and Social Security number such as a Social Security card, W2 form, tax return, bank statement, or pay stub.

Same Sex Marriage No
Blood Test Requirement

No

Fees $60
How Long is the License Valid? 60 Days
Who Can Preside Over the Ceremony? Marriages may be performed by an ordained minister of any religious denomination, a minister authorized by a church, a magistrate or a federal- or state-recognized Indian Nation or tribe.Civil ceremonies are performed by a magistrate/judge.
Prior Marriage? If you've been married before, you'll need to present to the court your divorce decree.
Waiting Period None
Where to Request Marriage Certificate or Divorce Decree North Carolina Vital Records Office
Witnesses Two are required

Because marriage laws can sometimes get complicated, it may also be a good idea to consult an experienced North Carolina family law attorney if you have questions about your specific situation.

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