Marriage License in North Carolina

ID Requirement:

Types of identification accepted are a current and valid government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, etc. You will also need proof of your social security number. If you don’t have  Social Security card, a W2 or 1040 will do.

Residency Requirement:

Do not have to be a resident of North Carolina.

If Divorced:

If the bride or groom has been divorced, he or she must know the month and year of the last divorce. If there has been a divorce within the last 60 days, the state requires a copy of the divorce decree signed by the judge.

Application Requirement:

Both parties to a marriage should appear in person to obtain the license. If one of the parties is unable to appear, the other party to the marriage must appear in person and present a sworn and notarized affidavit from the other member of the party, prior to the issuance of the license. Affidavit forms are available in the Register of Deeds Office.

North Carolina law requires all applicants to show proof of a Social Security number, or documentary proof of their Social Security number, i.e. W-2 form, payroll stub, or a statement from the Social Security Office stating their Social Security number.
If a Social Security number has never been issued or the applicant is not eligible for a Social Security number, the applicant will be required to present a completed affidavit, signed and notarized, at the time of applying for the marriage license. The affidavit form is available in the Register of Deeds Office.

Under 18:

 All applicants, including those not present, must provide a form of identification.

· Applicants 21 and over may use a valid driver’s license, valid Military I.D, State ID, passport or certified birth certificate.

· Applicants 18 to 20 must present a certified copy of their birth certificate. Applicants 16 and 17 must present a consent form signed by the parent, individual, agency or institution having legal custody or serving as the legal guardian of the underage party. A certified copy of the birth certificate is also required. The consent form must be notarized.

· Applicants 14 and 15 must provide a certified copy of the court order authorizing the marriage. A certified copy of the birth certificate is also required.

A marriage license may not be issued to applicants under 14 years of age.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

$60 – Cash Only.

Waiting Period:

No waiting period.

Blood Tests:

No tests.

Marriage Ceremony:

· Marriage ceremonies may be either religious or civil.

· A religious ceremony is performed by an ordained minister.

· A civil ceremony is conducted by a magistrate, the only civil officer authorized to perform marriages.

· There must be two witnesses at any marriage ceremony, whether it is civil or religious.

Common Law Marriage:

Common law marriage, which is recognized in some states, involves a couple living together and holding themselves out to everyone as man and wife. Even though there is no marriage ceremony or certificate, this marriage is considered valid in those states that recognize common law marriage. North Carolina is not one of those states, and no amount of living together in this state can result in a valid marriage, without a valid marriage ceremony.

Cousin Marriage:

 Yes. First cousins MAY marry, but DOUBLE first cousins may not. Double first cousins are very rare, as the couple have to be related as cousins through both parents.

Same Sex Marriage:

Remember, you can get your license in any county and use it in any other county in the state. 

Proxy Marriages:

No. Both parties must be present. 


Any ordained minister of any faith who is authorized to perform marriages by his church may do so. Ministers must complete the marriage license and return it to the register of deeds who issued it.


License is valid for 60 days.
The license can only be used within the State of North Carolina.

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NC Vital Records
P.O. Box 29537
Raleigh, NC 27626-0537
Phone: (919) 733-3526
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.



How To Apply For A Marriage License In SC

To get married in the state of South Carolina, you need to obtain a marriage license. South Carolina does issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The following requirements apply to both residents and non-residents:
Both parties must appear together at the office of a South Carolina county probate judge and file a written application. This application asks for the full name, social security number or alien identification number, age, and place of residence of each person. It is a sworn statement that must be signed by both parties and then notarized in the office of the probate judge.

  • Some probate judges require      both applicants to show their social security cards.
  • There is a waiting period after      the application is filed before the license can be picked up and the      marriage can take place. This waiting period varies from county to county,      so please contact the appropriate county      probate judge at      least a week before you plan to get married.
  • If you are 18 years old or      older, you do not need parental consent. But you must provide proof of      your age (or simply identification if you're over age 25) by presenting      one of the following:

        – Valid driver's license or state-issued identification card
        – Original birth certificate or a certified copy of your birth certificate
        – Current military identification card
        – Current passport; plus current visa attached if not a US citizen
  • If you are under the age of 18,      parental consent can be granted for boys and girls who are at least 16      years old. All minor applicants must file an original birth certificate or      a certified copy of their birth certificate, which becomes a part of their      permanent application record. The parent or legal guardian of a minor      applicant must appear at the same time as the minor to present      identification and sign a form consenting to the marriage.
  • No blood test or physical exam      is required.
  • South Carolina residency is not      required.
  • A South Carolina license can be      used in any county in the state.
  • If recently divorced, legal      proof of the divorce may be needed. This varies by county so please      contact the appropriate county      probate judge to      confirm that county's requirement.
  • The fee for a marriage license      varies from county to county.

Additional Information

  • A South Carolina marriage      license is valid only for marriages performed in South Carolina.
  • A South Carolina marriage      license does not expire, it is valid for for use at anytime.
  • Learn      more about South Carolina laws      concerning marriage and marriage licenses.