You can apply for a marriage license at any NC county Register of Deeds office. It doesn't need to be in the count in which you're getting married.
Click below for Register of Deeds sites for NC counties:
Other NC Counties: Type 'Marriage License' and County Name into Google search.
Download application form from any county site.
NC Marriage License Requirements
What You Do With Your Marriage License:
You give Rev. Robin Renteria the license anytime before the ceremony, preferably at the rehearsal or earlier. With the license in hand, she knows that she's officiating at a legal as well as a loving ceremony. After the ceremony, she signs the license. If you're marrying in NC, she asks your two witnesses to sign both copies of the license. In VA there are no witnesses required. As your wedding minister or wedding officiant, she mails both copies back to the Register of Deeds. It's a $200 misdemeanor to the minister is the license is not returned within ten business days of the wedding.
Getting Certified Copies After You're Married:
When you obtain the license, some counties provide you with a form to use to get certified copies of your marriage license once it has been recorded by the county. You can also download the necessary information and the form any time at the website for the county at which you obtained your license. Each county has different requirements about how to get copies. Some copies require you to go in person, some won't take checks, and others require you to photocopy your driver's license to accompany their form. Make sure to check what your county requires. Each copy costs $10.00 payable to the Register of Deeds Office for that county.
To Get A Name Changed:
To change the bride's name, she takes a certified copy of the marriage license to the Social Security Administration to change her social security identification. Then she takes that same copy to the DMV to get her driver's license changed. To get a passport changed, she must mail in a certified copy to the passport office.
- Both Bride and Groom must appear in person, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, and provide Social Security numbers verified by their Social Security Cards, W-2 Forms or pay stub. An notarized affidavit for one member of the couple can be obtained in special circumstances. Don't go just before the office closes. They often stop issuing marriage licenses 1/2 hour before they close.
- Each must also present either:
- If 21 years of age or older: current Driver's License, State ID Card, Passport, or Military ID.
- If under 21: a certified copy of their Birth Certificate. (Some counties require this for all applicants.)
- If 16 or 17 years old, written parential consent and a certified copy of your birth certificate.
- If younger, a court order giving you permission to marry.
- If divorced, the date (month and year) of your divorce. If it was finalized less than 30 days before this application, you'll need an original or certified divorce decree.
- $60.00 cash payment is due at time of application (check county sites for any price changes).
- No physical exam or blood work is required.
- The license is valid for 60 days from the time and date it is issued.
- The completed license must be returned to the office which issued it. (Normally done by mail by the minister).
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As a UU minister, wedding minister, wedding officiant, and wedding celebrant Rev. Robin Renteria primarily serves the NC Triangle: Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham, and Alamance counties and the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Raleigh, Hillsborough, Cary, Mebane, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Apex, Bahama, Burlington, and Efland.
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