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?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed or 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

336-570-6565

Alexander Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 595
Taylorsville, NC 28681

828-632-3152

Alleghany Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 186
Sparta, NC 28675

336-372-4342

Anson County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 352
Wadesboro, NC 28170

704-694-3212

Ashe Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 367
Jefferson, NC 28640

336-246-1841

Avery County , Registry Of Deeds Office

P.O. Box 87
Newland, NC 28657

828-733-8260

Beaufort Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 514
Washington, NC 27889

252-946-2323

Bertie Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 340
Windsor, NC 27983

252-794-5309

Bladen Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 247
Elizabeth Town, NC 28337

910-862-6710

Brunswick County Clerk , Registar Of Deeds

75 Courthouse Drive
Bolivia, NC 28422

910-253-2690

Buncombe County , Marriage License

60 Court Plaza
Ashville, NC 28801

828-250-4300

Burke Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 936
Morganton, NC 28655

828-438-5450

Cabarrus County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 707
Concord, NC 28026

704-788-8112

Caldwell Register Of Deeds

905 West Ave N.W.
Lenoir, NC 28645

828-757-1310

Camden County , Registry Of Deeds

P.O. Box 190
Camden, NC 27921

252-335-4077

Carteret County Clerk , Recorder Of Deeds

Courthouse Square
Administration Bldg

Beaufort, NC 28516

252-728-8474

Caswell County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 98
Yanceville, NC 27379

336-694-4193

Catawba County , Register Of Deeds

Highway 321
Justice Center

Newton, NC 28658

828-465-1573

Chatham County , Register Of Deeds
Court House Annex

P.O. Box 756
Pittsboro, NC 27312

919-542-8235

Cherokee Register Of Deeds , Cherokee County Court House

201 Peachtree St
Murphy, NC 28906

828-837-2613

Chowan Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 487
Edenton, NC 27932

252-482-2619

Clay Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 118
Hayesville, NC 28904

828-389-0087

Cleveland County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1210
Shelby, NC 28150

704-484-4834

Columbus Register Of Deeds

701 Business St
Whiteville, NC 28472

910-640-6625

Craven Register Of Deeds

406 Craden St
New Bern, NC 28560

252-636-6617

Cumberland County Clerk , Registry Of Deeds

117 Dick St, 1st Floor
Fayetteville, NC 28302

910-678-7775

Currituck County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 71
Currituck, NC 27929

252-232-3297

Dare Register Of Deeds

201 Budleigh St
Manteo, NC 27954

252-473-3438

Davidson County , Register Of Deeds

203 W 2nd Street
Lexington, NC 27293

336-242-2150

Davie Register Of Deeds

123 S Main St
Mocksville, NC 27028

704-634-2513

Duplin Register Of Deeds , Duplin County Court House

118 Duplin St
Kenansville, NC 28349

910-296-2108

Durham County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1107
Durham, NC 27702

919-560-0480

Edgecombe County Of Deeds , Register Of Deeds

301 Saint Andrews St
Tarboro, NC 27786

252-641-7924

Forsyth County Clerk , Registrar Of Deeds Office

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

336-727-2259

Franklin County Recorder

102 South Main St
Louisburg, NC 27549

919-496-3500

Gaston County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1578
Gastonia, NC 28053

704-866-3181

Gates County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 471
Gatesville, NC 27938

252-357-0850

Graham Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 406
Robbinsville, NC 28771

828-479-7971

Granville Register Of Deeds

101 Main St
Oxford, NC 27565

919-693-6314

Greene Register Of Deeds , Courthouse

Greene St
Snow Hill, NC 28580

252-747-3620

Guilford County , Register Of Deeds

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

336-574-4309

Halifax Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 67
Halifax, NC 27839

252-583-2101

Harnett County , Register Of Deeds

729 Main St
Lillington, NC 27546

910-893-7540

Haywood County , Register Of Deeds

215 N Main St
Waynesville, NC 28786

828-452-6635

Henderson County , Register Of Deeds

200 N Grove St, # 129
Hendersonville, NC 28739

828-697-4901

Hertford County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 36
Winton, NC 27986

252-358-7850

Hoke County , Register Of Deeds

304 North Main
Raeford, NC 28376

910-875-2035

Hyde Register Of Deeds , Courthouse Square

Main St
Swanquarter, NC 27885

252-926-3011

Iredell County , Register Of Deeds

Water St
Statesville, NC 28677

704-872-7468

Jackson Register Of Deeds

401 Grindstaff Cove Rd
Sylva, NC 28779

828-586-7532

Johnston County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

Market St
Smithfield, NC 27577

919-989-5160

Jones Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 189
Trenton, NC 28585

252-448-2551

Lee County , Register Of Deeds

1408 S Horner Blvd
Sanford, NC 27331

919-774-4821

Lenior County , Register Of Deeds

130 South Queen St
Kinston, NC 28502

252-559-6420

Lincoln County , Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Lincolnton, NC 28092

704-736-8530

Macon County , Registry Of Deeds

5 West Main St
Franklin, NC 28734

828-349-2095

Madison County , Register Of Deeds

Main St
Marshall, NC 28735

828-649-3131

Martin Register Of Deeds

305 E Main St
Williamston, NC 27892

252-792-1683

Mc Dowell County , Register Of Deeds

County Court House
Marion, NC 28752

828-652-4727

Mecklenburg County , Registrar Of Deeds

720 East Fourth St
Charlotte, NC 28202

704-336-2443

Mitchell Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 82
Bakersville, NC 28705

828-688-2139

Montgomery County Register

P.O. Box 695
Troy, NC 27371

910-576-4271

Moore Countyer Of Deeds , Register Of Deeds

Old Court House Square
Carthage, NC 28327

910-947-6370

Nash Register Of Deeds , Courthouse

Washington St
Nashville, NC 27856

252-459-9836

New Hanover Register Of Deeds

Princess St, Room 216
Wilmington, NC 28401

910-341-4531

Northampton County , Register Of Deeds

Thomas Bragg St
Jackson, NC 27845

252-534-2511

Onslow County , Register Of Deeds

109 Old Bridge St
Jacksonville, NC 28540

910-347-3451

Orange County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 8181
Hillsborough, NC 27278

919-732-8181

Pamlico Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 433
Bayboro, NC 28515

252-745-4421

Pasquotank County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 154
Elizabeth City, NC 27907

252-335-4367

Pender Register Of Deeds

102 Right St
Burgaw, NC 28425

910-259-1225

Perquimans County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 74
Hertford, NC 27944

252-426-5660

Person County , Register Of Deeds

105 S Main St
Roxboro, NC 27573

336-597-7221

Pitt County , Register Of Deeds
Courthouse

Evans And Third
Greenville, NC 27835

252-830-4130

Polk Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 308
Columbus, NC 28722

828-894-8450

Randolph County Clerk , County Deeds Office

P.O. Box 4066
Asheboro, NC 27204

336-318-6960

Richmond Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1563
Rockingham, NC 28379

910-997-8250

Robeson Register Of Deeds

501 N Elm St
Lumberton, NC 28358

910-671-3045

Rockingham County , Register Of Deeds

1086 Mc 65 # 99
Wentworth, NC 27375

336-342-8820

Rowan County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 2568
Salisbury, NC 28145

704-638-3102

Rutherford County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 551
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

828-287-6155

Sampson County , Register Of Deeds

Main St, # 109
Clinton, NC 28328

910-592-8026

Scotland County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 769
Laurinburg, NC 28352

910-277-2575

Stanly County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 97
Albemarle, NC 28002

704-983-7235

Stokes County , Register Of Deeds

Hwy 8 & 89
Dan Bury, NC 27016

336-593-2811

Surry County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 303
Dobson, NC 27017

336-366-8150

Swain County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 417
Bryson City, NC 28713

828-488-9273

Transylvania County , Register Of Deeds

12 East Main St
Brevard, NC 28712

828-884-3162

Tyrell County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 449
Columbia, NC 27925

252-796-2901

Union County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 248
Monroe, NC 28110

704-283-3843

Vance County , Register Of Deeds

122 Young St, # F
Henderson, NC 27536

252-438-4155

Wake County , Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1897
Raleigh, NC 27602

919-856-5460

Warren Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 506
Warrenton, NC 27589

252-257-3265

Washington Register , Of Deeds

P.O. Box 1007
Plymouth, NC 27962

252-793-2325

Watauga Register Of Deeds , Courthouse

P.O. Box 9
Boone, NC 28607

828-265-8052

Wayne County Clerk , Register Of Deeds

224 Walnut St
Goldsboro, NC 27533

919-731-1449

Wilkes Register Of Deeds

100 E Main St
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

336-838-2052

Wilson Register Of Deeds

125 E Nash St
Wilson, NC 27893

252-399-2935

Yadkin Register Of Deeds

P.O. Box 211
Yadkinville, NC 27055

336-679-4225

Yancey Register Of Deeds

Courthouse Room 4
Burnsville, NC 28714

828-682-2174