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
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