North Carolina Marriage License Laws and Requirements

Find out how to get married in NC

If you're getting married in the state of North Carolina you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $60.00 dollars. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of North Carolina to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 60 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. If the divorce or spouse's death had taken place within the last 60 days, bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for North Carolina or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in North Carolina. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual North Carolina marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in North Carolina. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place. First cousins may marry, but double first cousins may not marry. Double first cousins occur when the couple is related through both parents. For instance, Jerry marries Sally and Jerry's sister marries Sally's brother. Their children are double first cousins.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in North Carolina.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

North Carolina has 100 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Alamance Recorder Of Deeds

P.O. Box 837
Graham, NC 27253


Alexander Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 595
Taylorsville, NC 28681


Alleghany Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 186
Sparta, NC 28675


Anson County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 352
Wadesboro, NC 28170


Ashe Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 367
Jefferson, NC 28640


Avery County , Registry Of Deeds Office

P.O. Box 87
Newland, NC 28657


Beaufort Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 514
Washington, NC 27889


Bertie Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 340
Windsor, NC 27983


Bladen Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 247
Elizabeth Town, NC 28337


Brunswick County Clerk , Registar Of Deeds

75 Courthouse Drive
Bolivia, NC 28422


Buncombe County , Marriage License

60 Court Plaza
Ashville, NC 28801


Burke Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 936
Morganton, NC 28655


Cabarrus County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 707
Concord, NC 28026


Caldwell Register Of Deeds

905 West Ave N.W.
Lenoir, NC 28645


Camden County , Registry Of Deeds

P.O. Box 190
Camden, NC 27921


Carteret County Clerk , Recorder Of Deeds

Courthouse Square
Administration Bldg

Beaufort, NC 28516


Caswell County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 98
Yanceville, NC 27379


Catawba County , Register Of Deeds

Highway 321
Justice Center

Newton, NC 28658


Chatham County , Register Of Deeds
Court House Annex

P.O. Box 756
Pittsboro, NC 27312


Cherokee Register Of Deeds , Cherokee County Court House

201 Peachtree St
Murphy, NC 28906


Chowan Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 487
Edenton, NC 27932


Clay Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 118
Hayesville, NC 28904


Cleveland County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1210
Shelby, NC 28150


Columbus Register Of Deeds

701 Business St
Whiteville, NC 28472


Craven Register Of Deeds

406 Craden St
New Bern, NC 28560


Cumberland County Clerk , Registry Of Deeds

117 Dick St, 1st Floor
Fayetteville, NC 28302


Currituck County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 71
Currituck, NC 27929


Dare Register Of Deeds

201 Budleigh St
Manteo, NC 27954


Davidson County , Register Of Deeds

203 W 2nd Street
Lexington, NC 27293


Davie Register Of Deeds

123 S Main St
Mocksville, NC 27028


Duplin Register Of Deeds , Duplin County Court House

118 Duplin St
Kenansville, NC 28349


Durham County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1107
Durham, NC 27702


Edgecombe County Of Deeds , Register Of Deeds

301 Saint Andrews St
Tarboro, NC 27786


Forsyth County Clerk , Registrar Of Deeds Office

200 N Main, Rm 208
Winston-Salem, NC 27102


Franklin County Recorder

102 South Main St
Louisburg, NC 27549


Gaston County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1578
Gastonia, NC 28053


Gates County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 471
Gatesville, NC 27938


Graham Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 406
Robbinsville, NC 28771


Granville Register Of Deeds

101 Main St
Oxford, NC 27565


Greene Register Of Deeds , Courthouse

Greene St
Snow Hill, NC 28580


Guilford County , Register Of Deeds

201 S. Eugene St, Room #L53
Greensboro, NC 27402


Halifax Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 67
Halifax, NC 27839


Harnett County , Register Of Deeds

729 Main St
Lillington, NC 27546


Haywood County , Register Of Deeds

215 N Main St
Waynesville, NC 28786


Henderson County , Register Of Deeds

200 N Grove St, # 129
Hendersonville, NC 28739


Hertford County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 36
Winton, NC 27986


Hoke County , Register Of Deeds

304 North Main
Raeford, NC 28376


Hyde Register Of Deeds , Courthouse Square

Main St
Swanquarter, NC 27885


Iredell County , Register Of Deeds

Water St
Statesville, NC 28677


Jackson Register Of Deeds

401 Grindstaff Cove Rd
Sylva, NC 28779


Johnston County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

Market St
Smithfield, NC 27577


Jones Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 189
Trenton, NC 28585


Lee County , Register Of Deeds

1408 S Horner Blvd
Sanford, NC 27331


Lenior County , Register Of Deeds

130 South Queen St
Kinston, NC 28502


Lincoln County , Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Lincolnton, NC 28092


Macon County , Registry Of Deeds

5 West Main St
Franklin, NC 28734


Madison County , Register Of Deeds

Main St
Marshall, NC 28735


Martin Register Of Deeds

305 E Main St
Williamston, NC 27892


Mc Dowell County , Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Marion, NC 28752


Mecklenburg County , Registrar Of Deeds

720 East Fourth St
Charlotte, NC 28202


Mitchell Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 82
Bakersville, NC 28705


Montgomery County Register

P.O. Box 695
Troy, NC 27371


Moore Countyer Of Deeds , Register Of Deeds

Old Court House Square
Carthage, NC 28327


Nash Register Of Deeds , Courthouse

Washington St
Nashville, NC 27856


New Hanover Register Of Deeds

Princess St, Room 216
Wilmington, NC 28401


Northampton County , Register Of Deeds

Thomas Bragg St
Jackson, NC 27845


Onslow County , Register Of Deeds

109 Old Bridge St
Jacksonville, NC 28540


Orange County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278


Pamlico Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 433
Bayboro, NC 28515


Pasquotank County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 154
Elizabeth City, NC 27907


Pender Register Of Deeds

102 Right St
Burgaw, NC 28425


Perquimans County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 74
Hertford, NC 27944


Person County , Register Of Deeds

105 S Main St
Roxboro, NC 27573


Pitt County , Register Of Deeds

Evans And Third
Greenville, NC 27835


Polk Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 308
Columbus, NC 28722


Randolph County Clerk , County Deeds Office

P.O. Box 4066
Asheboro, NC 27204


Richmond Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1563
Rockingham, NC 28379


Robeson Register Of Deeds

501 N Elm St
Lumberton, NC 28358


Rockingham County , Register Of Deeds

1086 Mc 65 # 99
Wentworth, NC 27375


Rowan County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 2568
Salisbury, NC 28145


Rutherford County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 551
Rutherfordton, NC 28139


Sampson County , Register Of Deeds

Main St, # 109
Clinton, NC 28328


Scotland County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 769
Laurinburg, NC 28352


Stanly County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 97
Albemarle, NC 28002


Stokes County , Register Of Deeds

Hwy 8 & 89
Dan Bury, NC 27016


Surry County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 303
Dobson, NC 27017


Swain County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 417
Bryson City, NC 28713


Transylvania County , Register Of Deeds

12 East Main St
Brevard, NC 28712


Tyrell County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 449
Columbia, NC 27925


Union County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 248
Monroe, NC 28110


Vance County , Register Of Deeds

122 Young St, # F
Henderson, NC 27536


Wake County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1897
Raleigh, NC 27602


Warren Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 506
Warrenton, NC 27589


Washington Register , Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1007
Plymouth, NC 27962


Watauga Register Of Deeds , Courthouse

P.O. Box 9
Boone, NC 28607


Wayne County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

224 Walnut St
Goldsboro, NC 27533


Wilkes Register Of Deeds

100 E Main St
Wilkesboro, NC 28697


Wilson Register Of Deeds

125 E Nash St
Wilson, NC 27893


Yadkin Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 211
Yadkinville, NC 27055


Yancey Register Of Deeds

Courthouse Room 4
Burnsville, NC 28714