How to Get Married in North Carolina

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, North Carolina!

So, you've planned a lovely wedding, stayed within your budget, and and now you're ready for the actual getting married part of the process. But how? Don't worry, Tulle Nation, I've got you taken care of. Each week this year, I'll be sharing all the information you need to know to get married in one state in the United States. Today, North Carolina!

How to Get Married in North Carolina

Application, ID, and Residency Requirement: All couples must receive a marriage license issued by the state of North Carolina in order to legally marry. Marriage licenses can be obtained by filing an application with a County Register of Deeds Office. Both the bride and groom will need to provide some basic information on the application and pay the license fee. The license is issued while you wait and is valid immediately for use. The marriage is not final until you solemnize your vows with a marriage ceremony. No, out of state residents can get married anywhere in North Carolina.

Applications may vary depending on the county, but generally the application will simply ask both the bride and groom for some basic information such as:

  • Full name
  • Address 
  • Date and place of birth 
  • Social security number 
  • Race
  • Education level 
  • Father’s full name, state of birth, and current address 
  • Mother’s full maiden name, state of birth, and current address 
  • Number of previous marriages and when they ended

Both applicants will also need to provide one of the following forms of ID before North Carolina will issue the license:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license 
  • State issued identity card 
  • Military identity card 
  • Certified birth certificate

If you use a current form of ID, it cannot be expired in order to be accepted for the application submission.

Under 18: In North Carolina, teens ages 16 and 17 may apply for a marriage license with consent from parents or guardians. Applicants ages 14 and 15 can apply for a wedding license with consent from parents or guardians and a court order. No one younger than 14 can get married in North Carolina.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?: Currently North Carolina charges $60 for a marriage license. There are no additional fees for out of state residents to be married in the state.

Officiants: An ordained minister of any denomination, magistrate, tribal official or minister authorized by a religious institution can officiate weddings in North Carolina.

Valid: In North Carolina, a marriage license is good throughout the state for 60 days after it is issued.

Equality Rights: Same sex marriage is legal in North Carolina.

Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed.

It is very important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

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