Wake County, NC Marriage License Information
If you plan to get married in Wake County, NC, or elsewhere within North Carolina, you must complete a marriage license application. You can get your marriage license in Wake County or any other county throughout the state. Locations that distribute marriage licenses are typically located in the Register of Deeds office. Marriage licenses issued from Wake County can be used throughout the state of North Carolina.
Where Can I Get a Marriage License in Wake County, North Carolina?
Address and Phone Number:
Raleigh, NC 27602
Cost of Marriage License
How much is a marriage license in Wake County?
A Wake County marriage license can be bought for $60.00 dollars.
Do in-state or out-of-state residents have different requirements?
No, whether you live in Wake County or are just visiting, the standard is the same. You do not have to be a prior or active Wake County or North Carolina resident to get issued a usable marriage license.
Once my application is submitted, when will I get my marriage license?
There's no wait to get your marriage license. Once your application is received, your marriage licensed will be issued immediately.
Once I get my license, do I have to wait to get married?
There is no extra waiting period once your marriage license is issued. You can go and get married in Wake County, or anywhere else within the state.
License Expiration Dates
How long will my license be good for after I get it?
Your Wake County marriage license will eventually expire if not used. You have 60 days to use it once it's been issued.
My marriage license expired before I got a chance to use it. Now what?
Your expired marriage license is no longer valid. You can get it reissued from the same Wake County office you submitted your original application to.
How old do I have to be to get legally married?
You have to be at least 18 years old in order to marry without getting consent from a parent or legal guardian within Wake County.
What if I want to get married, but I'm under 18 years old?
If one or both of you are under 18, parental consent forms will have to be signed. Also provide a certified copy of your birth certificate.
Keep in mind that if you were not born in North Carolina, you'll have to order your certified copy from your state or country of birth. If you were born in Wake County, NC, order your certificate from this county. Otherwise, order it from the NC county of your birth.
Do I have to get a blood test?
No, blood tests are not a requirement for getting a marriage license in Wake County.
Divorced or Widowed
What if I've been divorced or am a widower?
If you were married before, provide the date of your divorce or the date your spouse died. Have a certified copy your divorce decree or death certificate in hand when you arrive to complete your application.
As with birth certificates, divorce and death certificates can be gotten from your local vital records office where the divorce or death was recorded. If it occurred in Wake County, get it from there. Otherwise, get it from the proper location in whichever state it took place in.
Marriage-Related Name Change
How do I change my name due to marriage?
When you get married, you'll be provided a marriage certificate (filed in Wake County) which provides proof of marriage and is the primary document used to facilitate the name change process. You'll use it to complete your name change across various government and non-government institutions.
You can make use of an online marriage name change service to get the process started, before or after you get married in Wake County or elsewhere in North Carolina.
What exactly is a proxy marriage?
Getting married by proxy means you'll have someone stand-in for you at the marriage ceremony. If one or both partners to the marriage aren't able to attend the ceremony, another person (known as the proxy) can take your place.
So, can I get proxy married in Wake County?
No, unfortunately you can't get married by proxy in Wake County or anywhere else in North Carolina.
Common Law Marriages
What does common law marriage mean?
A common law marriage is an informal marriage that doesn't hold the same legal authenticity of a standard marriage. It's based on an accepted understanding between the partners that you're basically cohabitating.
Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?
No, Wake County will not issue marriage licenses for common law marriages. North Carolina does not recognize common law marriages. Not even if you were common law married in another state. Very few states still do.
Can I legally marry my cousin?
Yes, in North Carolina, cousin marriage are permissible.
Same-Sex Marriage Recognition
Are same sex marriages legal?
Yes, Wake County will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. North Carolina recognizes same-sex marriages as valid as any other marriage.