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Don't forget to obtain your marriage license before your wedding.

Unless you are having a commitment ceremony of any kind, you absolutely NEED a marriage license! In North Carolina your wedding is not legal without one, signed by 2 witnesses and the officiant.

Marriage License Application

Apply at the Register of Deeds office closest to you. Both bride and groom must appear when applying. There is no physical or blood test required. Your marriage license is good for 60 days from the date you apply and you may be married immediately after receiving your license.

Marriage License Fees

Be sure you have the $60.00 cash fee, due at time of application.

Marriage Age Requirements

If you are 21 years of age or older, you need a current driver’s license or current passport or current military ID or current state ID.

If younger than 21 you must show a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Proof of Identity

Both bride and groom must show their social security numbers with verification such as social security card or W-2 form.

If Previously Married

If you have been previously married you must provide the date of your divorce or the date of death of your spouse. If this is within 60 days you must provide a signed copy of your divorce document or a certified copy of your spouse’s death certificate. If either the bride or groom are not American citizens it is best to call the office at which you will be applying to determine which paperwork is needed.

Do You Need a Certified Copy of Your Marriage License?

It is always a good idea to obtain at least one certified copy of your marriage license. If the bride is changing her name she will definitely need this copy.You may be able to obtain a copy online now. Check with your Register of Deeds.

Please remember to obtain your license! Your ceremony is not legal without it.


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